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BOKA contemplates changing styles

BOKA to benchmark in Australia, Egypt, Senegal

The newly amended Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) constitution will address the lack of cohesion in styles which are said to be hampering the sport’s growth.


BOKA who assembled for their Special General Meeting (SGM) last Saturday in GICC where they endorsed an interim committee led by Sensei David Mathe, has lamented that the inconsistency in styles are a challenge, so far the karate body has eight affiliates and each has its own style it subscribes to.


“We have issues with many of our styles which at times cause failure for some to participate at some tournaments, but remember at the end of the day the sport will suffer and that’s the issue I want to address .’’ Mathe said.


According to Sensei Mathe, there are some clauses in the soon to be implemented constitution that will try to curb the mushrooming of styles. “Proposals have been made; others are calling to consider registering new styles only, not existing ones to avoid duplication and to add value to the sport. Others want us to follow the international standard of allowing only a certain number of styles to affiliate.’’


The main styles in BOKA are JKA/ Shoto Kan, Gujo Ryo and Shito Ryu which have five constituents; Kofukan, Hayashi ha, Mabuni, Runshi kan and Shiko kai. These styles are said not to be adding no significance to karate as they fail to produce quality karatekas who can represent the nation.

The current national team is made up by athletes from Shito Ryu style only, “Six of the members from the men’s national team are from Kofukan and one is from the Hayashi Ha while the ladies national team is made up by Shito Ryo members only,” Sensei George Tshikare, a karate coach said.


This according to technical experts is a cause for concern and should be looked into with immediate effect because “these styles don’t bring anything to karate as their karatekas fail to impress the national team selectors’’.


Mathe said they will benchmark in other countries where the sport has grown significantly. “For now we are considering Australia, Egypt and Senegal because they have proven that they are forces to reckon with in the sport,’’ Mathe said.

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