The Guyana Karate College (GKC) will be hosting its annual IKD Guyana Caribbean Karate Cup competition during the period August 23-25 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Homestretch Avenue in Georgetown.
Officials from Canada and competitors from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela are confirmed to participate. With Guyana fielding about 100 athletes, participants attending this competition would number in excess of 200. Athletes will be competing in individual events such as kata, and kumite or sparring. There will also be several team events, including in kata, kumite, bunkai (formal application of kata) and enbu (practical applications of bunkai fighting techniques). Participants would be competing for medals, and the country with the highest gold medal count would have won the coveted Caribbean Cup Trophy. Guyanese Shuseki Shihan (World Karate Master) Frank Woon-A-Tai, 9th Dan, M.S., head of the International Karate Daigaku (IKD) organisation, which has representation in 70 regions in 50 countries worldwide, said, “This will be another milestone in the history of traditional karate in Guyana and the region. Several eighth- and seventh-dan masters will be attending to support fair judging, and competition will be fierce. “However, I respectfully appeal to all competitors and spectators to remember that the aim of the art of karate is not in winning or losing, but in the development of the character of all participants. We teach discipline and the strongest karate, along with moulding good citizens’ character, sincerity, effort, etiquette, and the most important rule: self-control.” Admission is $500, except for overseas delegations considering the above, and the GKC expects the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall to be packed to full capacity. The action begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, 23rd August, 2019 with all kata, enbu and bunkai events. Beginning at the same time on Sunday, 24th August, 2019, will be kumite events along with bunkai and enbu demonstrations. The opening march-on ceremony will take place on August 24.