Zim.Karate team leaves for Japan

Zim.Karate team leaves for Japan

The national Kyokushin Karate team left the country on Monday for the
two-day World Cup, which roars into life Friday.

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

winning medals.

“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.

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