Tanzania to feature in California karate competition

11Nov 2019
Marc Nkwame
The Guardian
Tanzania to feature in California karate competition

TANZANIA will be the only African state participating the forthcoming West Coast Shotokan Karate Association International (WCSKKAI) USA tournament and training course, slated for December 7-7 in California.

Seven members of Tanzania Karate Federation (TKF) will head to the United States where Tanzania is the only African country invited to partake in the forthcoming two-week tournament and training course.

According to chief instructor and TKF president, Shihan Dady Kassim, the seven delegates are expected to fly from Dar es Salaam on December 4 to participate in the event.

“Karate and other forms of martial arts have been carrying the national flag at international scenes,” the chief instructor said.

The official disclosed that karate, as it is the case for other little known sports, needs promotion. 

Tanzania happens to be the only African country participating in the international karate event, which will supervised by the United World Karate Federation (UWKF) and will take place at Arcadia in California

Other countries that will be taking part in the California’s karate instructors’ meeting are Czech Republic, Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Holland and Belgium. 

Out of the seven instructors from Tanzania going to California, two of them, Dady Kassim and Isaack Mvarasau, are based in Arusha.

Other instructors hail from Dar es Salaam. They are Taifa Liwewa, Isaack Charo, John Edward, Katambi Mohamed, Salum Hassan and the only lady in the team, Rose Pendeza.

Meanwhile, local karate players have decided to bestow the Arusha regional karate patron title to Arumeru District Commissioner, Jerry Muro, who was awarded with certificate to that effect at his office last weekend.

According to the inscription on the document, Muro now becomes the guardian of karate and boxing federations in Arusha.

“I appreciate this honour and promise to do everything in ensuring these forms of sports get as much promotion as possible in the country,” Muro said.

Ally Haniu was awarded a certificate of appreciation to hail him into board of Trustees for the Karate and Boxing Federation of Arusha.

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