ZKA upgrades 18 kick­box­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara in Gweru

EIGH­TEEN kick­box­ers were up­graded to dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories at the Zim­babwe Kick­box­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion sum­mer train­ing and grad­ing ex­er­cise held at St Ge­orge’s Col­lege.

Among them is In­no­cent Kanop­upa, who was up­graded to a sec­ond Dan black belt and Charles Tembo to a third Dan black belt.

ZKA di­rec­tor-gen­eral Arnold Mutawiri, who is based in the United King­dom, con­ducted var­i­ous clin­ics for the kick­box­ers.

Mutawiri also do­nated kick­box­ing equip­ment, which in­cluded blood pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing ma­chines and kick pads, among oth­ers.

ZKA pres­i­dent Tony Ka­man­gira said the sum­mer train­ing ex­er­cise was meant to en­sure that lo­cal kick­box­ers were well versed with the lat­est trends and pre­pare them for future re­gional and in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments.

“This was a re­view of our in­ten­sive train­ing code, grad­ing for belts, cer­tifi­cate to up­grade and use merit awards for our kick­box­ers. The idea is to en­sure that we keep our kick­box­ers abreast with the lat­est trends so that they can hold their own in re­gional com­pe­ti­tions,” said Ka­man­gira.

“We also want to en­cour­age our kick­box­ers to keep an in­ter­est in the sport through our con­stant grad­ings. We are hope­ful that we will up­grade other kick­box­ers in the next two weeks be­cause some did not man­age to come due to lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges.”

Ka­man­gira said kick­box­ers that at­tended the sum­mer train­ing and up­grad­ing ex­er­cise would be con­sid­ered for the an­nual kick­box­ing tour­na­ment in South Africa in Jan­uary 2017. — @lavuzi­gara1

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