The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Chituwa Is the Champ

THE IFK Kyokushinkai Zimbabwe successfully staged their second Knockdown Karate Championships at the City Sports Centre at the weekend where Naison Chituwa emerged as the overall champion.

Chituwa won the Open heavyweight division for fighters who are over 80kg, picking up the gold medal ahead of Brian Chiringa.

Chituwa was emulated by Robson Mucheni, who walked away with the middleweight title after he got the better of Tungamirai Madzimbamuto, Nicholas Muchatisi and Herbert Muriri.

Six fighters fought in the middleweight division.

One of the country's top kyokushinkai fighters Tawanda Mufundisi was crowned the lightweight champion, beating an impressive field of 38 fighters in this division.

In a gesture of some good sportsmanship, Mufundisi later donated his lightweight trophy to second-placed Austin Mucheni who lost his father before the weekend's championships. Third and fourth place in the lightweight division went Kudakwashe Katiyo and Brian Kupara.

Apart from winning the lightweight title, Mufundisi was also voted as the fighter who demonstrated the best technique during the one-day tournament.

The women's Open title went to Rebecca Sanyamandwe who did well to snatch the gold medal from her rival Chipo Gondore.

There was also joy for Tinashe Matika who clinched the boys Under-60kg title, beating Lovejoy Mdhokwani, Godknows Bero and Ligene Patsanza into second, third and fourth places.

There were 11 fighters in this weight category. The boys Under-55kg title went to Tanaka Ncube who fought well to be crowned the champion ahead of Edward Manginjiwa, Tawanda Chimbade and Vincent Chikotama. Shelvin Mugoni walked away with the boys Under-50kg crown.

Tinashe Musungo, Charles Rumhuma and Botha Musuki came second, third and fourth in this section.

All the winners at the weekend's tournament received trophies, gold medals and certificates, all donated by the event's sponsors, Secure Freight and Events Management.

National full contact styles technical director, Tendai Mutikani, was impressed with the overall standard of karate that was displayed by the more than 100 fighters who took part in this event.

"The tournament went on very well and all the fighters displayed some good techniques which really impressed me. In fact, they were all geared up for this tournament and we witnessed some very good fights in all the weight categories. We had fighters from Mutare, Kwekwe, Domboshawa, Kadoma, Karoi, Chegutu, Chitungwiza and Harare, and we would like to thank our sponsors, Secure Freight and Event Management, for making this tournament a success," Mutikani said.

Fighters who took part in the weekend's tournament were drawn from different karate styles such as IFK kyokushinkai, shukokai (Mbare), Kyokushin Union, gojuryu, kyokushinkan, taekwondo, extreme contact, shorinryu and JKSA shotokan.

Mutikani said they were now going to make this tournament an annual end-of-the-year event and were now looking at inviting other top karatekas from fellow Southern African countries such as Zambia, Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho at their next event.

"In fact, we would like to make it an international event whereby we would invite fighters from fellow SADC countries to take part in it."

Meanwhile, IFK Kyokushinkai Zimbabwe will hold their third national up-grading session on December 8 at Lake Chivero just outside Harare.

The upgrading of fighters is scheduled to start at 10am.

Other results of the 2nd IFK Kyokushinkai Zimbabwe Knockdown Championships

Boys Under-45kg

1. Patrick Musungo

2. Tadiwa Gatsi

3. Zumake Usain

Boys Under-40kg

1. Shaibu Misi

2. Given Kawinga

3. Oscar Mavhiki

4. Derek Gudhe

Boys Under-35kg

1. Shelton Mugoni

2. Donald Nyamvere

3. Arnold Balaka

4. Marlon Mutikani

Boys Under-30kg

1. Simba Mufema

2. Nigel Marunga

3. Tinashe Tiyoka

4. Tinashe Varikayi

Boys Under-25kg

1. Darlington Chiyangwa

2. Thoku Mukodya

3. Pavel Chomusora

4. Osyard Mavhiki.

Boys Under-20kg:

1. Jean-Claude Mufundisi

2. Nashe Mubaiwa

3. Colin Gwatidzo.

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