Samson Muripo, George Matambo, Resistance Munyepera, Kelly Mutisi -middle
weight- and Muchineripi Tarwirei (light weight) are the Zimbabwean fighters
to battle-it-out for the 2008 Championship title with the world’s top
fighters of full-contact kyokushin karate.
Sensei Muripo (29), a third Dan black belt, was confident of proving
powerful at the showpiece telling The Zimbabwean, they stand a chance of
“With the experience we have had so far, we are looking at fighting hard and
make a name there. I’m now familiar with some of the fighters, some of which
l have fought before,”
During his grading as shodan (third Dan black) in Japan, last August, Sensei
Muripo fought 30 full-contact karate contests, of which he won 13, drew nine
and lost eight against the hosts’ top fighters.
Muripo together with Tarwirei participated at the 2005 World Championships
staged in Russia. Sensei Matambo proved competitive at the 2003 World
Kyokushin karate tournament, with Munyepera falling in the second round of
the annual Len Barnes tournament, in South Africa two years ago.
With more skills to learn, Mutisi (22) is a bouncing young fighter with a
promising future on the karate mat. He is the reigning Nakas Cuisine
open-weight Champion.Post published in: News