Zimbabweâ€™s middleweight karate world champion, Sensei Samson Muripo scooped the major accolade, the Zimbabwe Kyokushin Karate Icon Award, at the inaugural edition of the 2010 Arosume Properties Kyokushin Karate Merit Awards which also saw 7 other karatekas being honoured for excelling in 8 categories.
It came as no surprise that Muripo landed the major accolade at the Kyokushin Union of Zimbabwe Annual Karate Awards.
The tried and tested karatekaâ€™s resilience on the regional and international stage did not go unnoticed as he received due recognition for his efforts by winning the Zimbabwe Kyokushin Karate Icon Award.
One of Zimbabweâ€™s fastest rising karatekas, Lovemore Nyamutswa scooped the Most Disciplined Karateka Award for exhibiting exemplary behaviour.
Vastly talented teenager, Tendai Chaparadza who won a gold medal at the Ashihara World Cup in South Africa late last year, emerged as the Best Technical Karateka, while Marshal Siyamatanda walked away as the Most Improved Karateka.
The senior menâ€™s category saw Kelly Mutisi standing out as the Best Local Karateka.
The Best Regional Karateka award went to Malvery Muyambo, while Lovemore Nyamutswa reigned supreme as the Best International Karateka.
In the juniors category, Sly Karadzamimba emerged as the Best Local Karateka.
Tafadzwa Mushunje won the Best Regional Karateka award.
Guest of honour, Sports and Recreation Commission Director General, Retired Colonel Charles Nhemachena, paid tribute to the karatekas, while representative of the sponsor, David Mnaba pledged to continue sponsoring the sport.
The karate awards are set to be bigger next year with plans already in the pipeline to incorporate more categories as a source of providing motivation to young karatekas to emulate Zimbabweâ€™s and Africaâ€™s first world champion, Sensei Samson Muripo.