It’s happening for martial arts in Papua New Guinea (PNG) with a tournament scheduled to be held at the Sir John Guise indoor stadium on the 17th and 18th of September. The PNG All Styles – Golden Kicks is a concept similar to Australia’s National All Styles (NAS) and the now defunct Combat League in the United States and is poised to become an annual event.
The organisers of the event, in an article in the Sunday Chronicle, have anticipated more than 200 fighters from different martial art codes and clubs will participate. The event is also open to private martial art practitioners. The theme of the tournament will be “Say No – Kick Drugs Out of PNG”.
Meanwhile, a karate team will take part in the upcoming South Pacific (SP) Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, The National has reported. PNG Karate Association president Carl Mari has said that the sport has been actively participating in SP Games since 1995. However, karate was not included in the 2007 games in Samoa.
The karate team are, in the men’s division; Rickison Mekere, Julius Piku, Brian Sammy, David Wallace, Emil Golopau, Nigel Bana, Suari Matus, Timothy Alovare, Gesak Misak and Dominic Sipapi. The women are Jacklyn Barney, Doris Japhet and Melisa Turia.
The team also includes Bernard Soari and Sempai Silas Piskaut, who are Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Kyokushin Karate. Soari, whose membership with IKO1 was revoked, has been granted a Sensei status by the PNG Karate Federation.
And finally, the art of taekwondo and Korean culture is being promoted at the Caritas Girls’ Technical Secondary School in Port Moresby as part of their program. The art is taught by members of the Wold Taekwondo Federation Peace Corps, and is supported by the South Korean government through its embassy in the country.
The school’s director, Sr. Florentina Cho thanked the South Korean ambassador and acknowledged the four taekwondo masters; Park-woo Ram, Kim Bong-chu,Yeom Kwan-hee and An Byung-ho in a grading ceremony held on Tuesday (23 August 2011).
- Teme, K. (2011, August 24). Students learn art of taekwondo. The National, p. 54.
- Karate makes return to Games. (2011, August 24). The National, p.55.
- Martial Arts kicks up. (2011, August 21). Sunday Chronicle, p39.