Malawi Karate Union hosts first Kyokushin Karate Open


By Llywellenie Mpasa:

Over 70 karatekas from across the country competed in the first national full-contact Kyokushin Karate Open Championship at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (Kuhes) Sports Complex in Blantyre on Sunday.

Malawi Karate Union (MKU) organised the championship, which was fought under kyokushin style.


MKU President Joseph Kawerama said the competition was aimed at identifying and developing potential karatekas from across the country.

“We want to identify talent among practising members but also encourage open participation for those that wish to participate in karate as a sport,” Kawerama said.

Kyokushin Karate President Sensei Mwiza Munthali asked the corporate world to support the sport.


“This sport has the potential to win medals for Malawi. We need the support of the corporate world to achieve our mission,” he said.

During the full contact championship, participants were drawn from across the country and competed in three categories of over 75kg, between 65kg to 75kg, and below 65kg.

Both men and women competed in their respective categories at senior and junior levels.

Five judges watched the combatants fight.

Victory was secured by outpointing or retiring opponents.

The martial arts gathering brought together men, women, seniors, youths and teens, all stepping on the mat to square off.

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