12th UWKF African Open Karate and Martial Arts Competition Botswana 26 to 28 April 2018

We are almost 30 days away from the 12th UWKF Open and things are hotting up for the important event on the African Martial Arts Calendar. The competition will cater for Karate – {General, Traditional, Koshiki and Knockdown}, Kung Fu. Hard and Soft forms and Sparring, Sports Kickboxing (Point and Continous) and Grappling. This is the 1st time a competition of this manner has been hosted with all martial arts participating together, for the sake of unity and development of the martial arts by the martial artist.

Also important since 2017 UWKF has been encouraging mass participation in all of its events due to the small number of practitioners who will be allowed to take part in the 2020 Olympics games. Let us outline for your the criteria that will be imposed on any karate-ka wanting to participate at the 2020 Olympic games. One all athletes have to take part in the least 8 qualification event per year, so if the Olympics is a 4-year cycle then they will have to take part in at least 32 events every four years. So if each event is around $8000.00 for developing countries to participate in taking into consideration Flight, accommodation, equipment, and others this is $64000 x 4, you do the maths. This is fortunate for athletes in developing countries. This is only to participate if you don’t place you have no points, so this exercise is not cheap. Besides, the WKF events only allow one athlete per division per country again limiting karate-ka participating because of the Olympic qualification focus.

We want to have a world movement of participation and developing karate-ka and will also open entries in all divisions and all forms, starting from  12 African Open Karate and Martial Arts Championships, also we are encouraging organizations to work together and unite and develop jointly, this limiting and discrimination in calling organizations “dissident” because you don’t want them to exist is not healthy for karate and the martial arts. We come from the same source and we are all taking the same journey to the top of the mountain, the route maybe different but the goal is the same.

We ask all karate-ka and martial artist to embrace this new and open understand and encourage you to join this movement.

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