29 October 2018
The 9th Japan Cup Karate Championship 2018 kicked off on Monday.
The 2-day competition at Aung San Indoor Stadium in Yangon began with an opening ceremony – awards will be presented on Tuesday Afternoon.
Ambassador, Embassy of Japan, H.E. Ichiro Maruyama said “Karatedo is a martial art developed in Japan – it’s popular among young people. That’s why, every year, with the collaboration of Japanese Embassy and Myanmar Karate Federation, we organize a competition. Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry Myanmar and Yangon Japanese Association provided assistance for awards.”
There are Senior, Junior, Cadet, Under 14 and Under 12 categories.
President, Myanmar Karate Federation, Dr. Win Zaw said “The young generation in Myanmar needs this kind of competition as Karate is not only a form of martial art but also the basic of strength of mind, health, discipline and respect. That’s why, playing Karate since their middle school will make their mind and body strong and will also help them know self-defense, respects and discipline – this is good their future.”
There are two types of competition form – Kata and Kumite. Kata is a formalized sequence of movements which represent various offensive and defensive postures. In Kumite, two participants have to fight with each other.
Grade-9 Student, B.E.H.S, No. 1, Latha, Thiha Min said “I’m competing in both Kata and Kumite as a representative from Aung San Team. Kata is a demonstrative type and Kumite is a dual fight. I’ve been playing karate for over 4 years now. I’ll try my best in this competition.”
Around 30 teams comprised of more than 300 players are competing for the Cup.