KUZ hosts regional championships

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The Kyokushin Union of Zimbabwe (KUZ) will early next month host the senior men and women regional Karate championships.

KUZ technical director Samson Muripo said the championships will be held on February 11 at Mbares Stodart Hall.

Muripo said South Africa and Swaziland have confirmed they would send participants while Botswana have also shown interest.

Zimbabwe will be represented at the championships by World Cup gold medallists Tendai Chaparadza, Kelly Mtisi and Austin Mucheni.

Other Karatekas on the hosts list are Lovemore Nyamutswa, Malvery Muyambo, Gilmore Chakanyuka, Shadreck Kwasha, Clemence Kampila and Shingirai Murimi. Muripo said young and upcoming Karatekas were also expected to feature at the tournament.

To prepare for the young ones, KUZ will hold a Junior and Colts Full Contact Karate Championships on Saturday at Glen View 1 Community Hall.

The championships, which are sponsored by Arosume Property Development and Nakas Cuisine is for Karatekas aged between 8 and 17.

Meanwhile, KUZ has released a very busy calendar of activities which they think will prepare their athletes for regional and international events.

KUZ 2012 schedule of events

Jan 21 KUZ 1st Junior and Colts Karate Championships (Glen View 1 Community Hall)
Feb 10 KUZ black belt gradings by Shihan Bas Van Stenis of South Africa (Raylton Sports Club)
Feb 10 Arosume Properties Kyokushinkai Karate merit awards (Raylton Sports Club)
Feb 11 1st KUZ regional senior men and women Karate championships (Stodart Hall)
Mar 31 KUZ Karate seminar
Apr 7 2nd KUZ Junior and Colts Karate Championships (Glen View 1 Community Hall)
Apr 12-24 All Eastern Japan International Tourney (Japan)
May 19 KUZ 1st National grading (Highfield Community Hall)
May 26 Southern Africa Kyokushin Union Karate Tourney (South Africa)
June 16 Southern Africa Kyokushin Union Junior Karate Tourney (South Africa)
Jul 28 3rd KUZ Junior and Colts Karate Championships (Kuwadzana 2 Community Hall)
Aug 25 Karate Seminar
Sep 08 2nd KUZ Senior men and Women Karate championships (Stodart Hall)
Oct Oyama Cup International Karate tournament
(Srilanka)
Nov 10 World Karate Tourney (Japan)
Nov 24 KUZ 2nd annual national grading (Kuwadzana Community hall)
Dec 01 Regional annual seminar and grading (South Africa)