Central American and Caribbean Karate Championships ready for kick-off on April 28 – Tournament hopes to compete with other events over popular Bank Holiday weekend

In an effort of national solidarity – the Tourism Authority (BTA), the Olympic Association (BOA) along with the National Sports Council (NSC) pool their resources with the Barbados Karate Federation (BKF) to host the 12th Central American and Caribbean Karate Championships (CCCK) at the Wildey Gymnasium, an event usually hosted by Latin American territories.

Joel Linton of the BKF at extreme left, Erskine King of the NSC then Glyne Clarke of the BOA conferring with an affiliate of fine tuning the Martial Arts bout runs from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm each day

Erskine King, Director of the NSC, gave an idea what Bajans can expect in terms of competition {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Venezuela is one of the largest teams coming from South America, he revealed, there will be at least 146 strong not counting physiotherapists and auxiliary personnel

President of the BKF, Joel Linton, also reminded the press these are Junior Championships, an intriguing analogy (if this Online Newspaper may infer) is that even Jacky Chan or Jet Li had to have a beginning – so when you support these youngsters, one never knows if a young Bajan can emerge as the next Bruce Lee and make Barbados proud that we can aspire in arenas other than Tourism or Agriculture.

When this popular martial arts fighter began, he had to train from the time he woke to the time he slept, with little time for much else - respect for such dedication from Bajan cinema-goers is not new, what is different is to translate this devotion to young Barbadian Karate teams and see if similar fruits can blossom?

The BKF leader explained who is competing in the under 145 lb. Category {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Mr Linton revealed Curtis Cummings and Akil Ifill are the essential components of the male line-up for the 12th CCCK games

Kumite or non-full contact combat, welcomes all styles in Tournament fighting, but the BKF President says different rules apply for Kata which is drill exercise for each form or discipline {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Kata must stay within each competitor’s style be it Shotokan, Gorada-Ryu, Shorin-Ryu or Shita-Ryu

Linton also disclosed that females are not a huge part of the Barbados posse {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Shirley Lewis makes her debut into the regional arena, having earned her spurs in the National venues before

The NSC Director also indicated promotion of the event will be primarily through open PR via local media and use of the CCCK’s parent website {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Because the NSC and BOA received late notice of the Tournament, they enlisted the BTA with its resources to boost the overall presence of this competition in light of a fully packed Bank Holiday weekend, despite the lack of Social media, the alliance is seeking to make the event an exciting one for all patrons involved

The action is promising with seniors duking it out between 30th April and May 1st while the juniors have their turn beforehand from the 28th.

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