The Ghana Karate Do Federation (GKF) has officially launched the 24th edition of the National Championship, with a promise to make the event memorable and grand. The championship, which is scheduled to take place on May 20th and 21st at the DG Hathiramani Sports Hall, promises to be a showcase of discipline, skill, and strength.
Under the leadership of Mr. Nathaniel Johnson, the President of the GKF, the federation is standing on six key pillars to make Karate Do one of the most popular sports disciplines in Ghana. These include unity, records keeping, management systems, development and training programmes, promotion of the sport in educational institutions, and creating employment for practitioners.
Karate Do is a sport that teaches discipline and self-defense, and Mr. Johnson believes that if more people are trained on self-defense, it could help reduce crime and violence in the country. The Technical Director of the GKF, Mr. Kwabena Afriyie Poku, highlighted the benefits of Karate Do, stating that it can make one physically, morally, mentally tough, and fearless.
The event will feature juniors, cadets, and senior karatekas, including females, and winners will be awarded medals and other prizes. To give a glimpse of what to expect, two top karatekas, Sensei Edmund Amoako and Germain Vowotor, performed a demonstration of Katas at the launch event, which was attended by members of the media and special guests.
For the most part, the launch event was an opportunity for the GKF to showcase their commitment to the sport and their vision for its growth in Ghana. The federation’s focus on unity, records keeping, management systems, and development and training programmes, as well as their efforts to promote the sport in educational institutions and create employment for practitioners, will go a long way in achieving this vision.
In a nutshell, the 24th edition of the National Championship promises to be an exciting event that will not only showcase the skills of Ghana’s top karatekas but also promote the sport’s growth and development in the country.