Hundreds of participants from more than 12 districts in the state participated in the championship
The 8th State-level Sub-junior, Cadet, Junior and Under-21 years Karate Championship – 2016, organised by the Akhila Karnataka Sports Karate Association (AKSKA), kick-started at the Shikshakara Bhavan here on Saturday.
Around 400 participants from more than 12 districts in the state such as Gulbarga, Davangere, Vijayapura, Shivamogga, Chikkaballapur, Mysuru, Bengaluru, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Udupi, Mangaluru, Raichur and Mandya under various categories fought their way to bag the coveted honours.
Clad in white clothes and belts fastened to their waists, the participants exhibited their skills in overpowering their opponents.
“I’m really excited. It’s my first time going and it’s going to be a really good experience. Winning and losing is a part of any game but what I am I hoping is to learn a lot of things and get stronger, both mentally and physically,” one of the participants told City Today.
Another participant, who visibly was a bit nervous, said that she was practicing karate for three years but had never participated in any tournament. “Though I have been preparing for this championship since months, I don’t know how well I can make use of my skills to play better.”
A lot of participants were seen intensively practicing kicks and punches just before their bouts. They have to as winning gold in the championship would secure them a place in National-level championship to be held in New Delhi between May 20 and 22 this year.
Earlier, speaking after inaugurating the championship, MLA M K Somashekhar said karate was imperative for not only self-defense but also helps students to be active, both physically and mentally.
“Karate over the years has attracted a lot of children and youth. Learning of this sport contributes to the comprehensive growth of a child and thus a majority of parents are now encouraging their wards to learn Karate,” he said.
Deputy General Manager (HR), Jubilant Generics, Subramania A said that karate was the best weapon to defend oneself from human attacks.
“Everyone, right from plants to birds to animals, have their own way of self-defense. Karate is the best and effective tool of defense for humans,” he said
Vice Presidents, AKSKA, Shihan Arvind Malotra, Shihan Shivdas and Shihab N Shankar, General Secretary, AKSKA, Shihan Altaf Pasha, President, Mysuru Karate Association, Sensei Chidanand M B and Secretary, Sensei Sosale Siddaraju were present.