THE Zimbabwe Karate Union kick-started their preparations for this year's events with a squad training session at Old Hararians on Saturday as they gear up for upcoming local and international tournaments.
The session was conducted by national technical director Paul Danisa and Eugene Moody, who is a member of the technical team.
The training session was being used as a platform to start preparations for the Zone Six championships to be held in May and talent identification as the national association seeks to create a broad base for national teams' selection.
Danisa said they were happy with the turnout as all the styles were represented during the training session.
"It all went very well. We had some participants from outside Harare. We had a team from Bulawayo and basically all styles were represented.
"The fitness level has gone down because of the break but we will be able to work on it before the Zone Six championships," said Danisa.
Danisa said they will be conducting the same programme in Midlands next week and at the end of February they will be Triangle in an effort to accommodate all their members.
"Next week we will be going to Midlands and at the end of February we will be in Triangle. We want to move around because if we get a training session in Harare not everyone will be able to travel to Harare and have time with the technical team so we are going to move around the country so that everyone gets the opportunity to work with the technical team," said Danisa.
The national technical director said they also managed to identify some potential karatekas and will be given the opportunity to prove themselves under a competition set up.
"We have got some youngsters we have identified but still we have to see how they perform under competition circumstances before we go for the Zone Six championships. We will test them but definitely there is potential," said Danisa.
The local fighters will have the first regional tournament in May when they take part in the Zone Six championships scheduled for Namibia.