On Saturday the 2nd of September Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate Namibia hosted its annual National Karate Championships!
The competition featured 85 contestants from both our Honbu and Shinto Dojos. Additionally, there were a total of 15 team entries for a special family team kata event in which brothers, sisters and parents teamed up to compete in unison kata.
As part of the formalities of the day, Sensei Carl also awarded the following students with long-training awards for recognition of their years of training:
Sensei Marion Bause – 35 Years
Sensei Sam Ekandjo – 30 Years
Sensei Rowan Carstens – 25 Years
Sempai Justin Scholtz – 10 Years
Sempai Zuriel Campbell – 10 Years
Sempai Andre Viljoen – 10 Years
“OGKN would like to extend a special thank you to our event sponsors, FNB and Absolute Logistics, without whom this would not have been possible! We would also like to thank all the officials and parents who came out to support the event! Congratulations to all our contestants and champions on your amazing performances today! We look forward to the next one!” – Sensei Carl van der Merwe