karatekas.jpgSix karatekas were crowned champions in their weight categories at the Glen-View Kyokushinkai full contact karate tournament which ended at the weekend.


The Kyokushinkai full contact karate tournament lived up to its billing with some intense physical action witnessed in six weight categories.


It turned out to be a memorable tournament for the Kyokushin Union of Zimbabwe, whose dojos from different parts of the capital provided all the winners. 


In the boys under 25 kg category Gamuchirai Mandisodza of the Glen-View dojo was crowned champion after a great exhibition of physical endurance.


Patrick Musungo of the  Highfield dojo reigned unchallenged to emerge the winner in the boys under 37kg category, while Tawanda Chimbade  of  Glen-View stood tall in the boys under 47kg group.


Pumulani Maphosa of  Highfield reigned supreme in the boys under 57 category, while Austin Mucheni of the Glen View dojo brushed aside the challenge of numerous other competitors to win gold in the men under 67kg category.

The Glen-View dojo provided the winner in the men’s over 67kg category with Rodwell Mupindu winning gold to sum up a memorable tournament for the Kyokushin Union of Zimbabwe.

KUZ Technical Director Sensei Samson Muripo was impressed with the standard of competition at the tournament, while a representative of the sponsor, Nathan Mnaba said the large turnout of participants was encouraging.

“The fights were of a very high standard and it’s an indication of the growth of the sport in the country. Credit to all the participants for their enthusiasm,” said Muripo.

Mnaba said: “The commitment of the karatekas was unquestionable. It encourages us as sponsors to host more tournaments of this nature because we know that the resources we are pouring in are going towards a worthy cause.”

The Glen-View Kyokushinkai all styles full contact karate tournament which was hosted by the Kyokushin Union of Zimbabwe was graced by over a hundred karatekas from a diverse number of dojos around Harare.