12th UWKF African Open Karate and Martial Arts Competition Botswana 26 to 28 April 2018

We are almost 30 days away from the 12th UWKF Open and things are hotting up for the important event on the African Martial Arts Calendar. The competition will cater for Karate – {General, Traditional, Koshiki and Knockdown}, Kung Fu. Hard and Soft forms and Sparring, Sports Kickboxing (Point and Continous) and Grappling. This is the 1st time a competition of this manner has been hosted with all martial arts participating together, for the sake of unity and development of the martial arts by the martial artist.

Also important since 2017 UWKF has been encouraging mass participation in all of its events due to the small number of practitioners who will be allowed to take part in the 2020 Olympics games. Let us outline for your the criteria that will be imposed on any karate-ka wanting to participate at the 2020 Olympic games. One all athletes have to take part in the least 8 qualification event per year, so if the Olympics is a 4-year cycle then they will have to take part in at least 32 events every four years. So if each event is around $8000.00 for developing countries to participate in taking into consideration Flight, accommodation, equipment, and others this is $64000 x 4, you do the maths. This is fortunate for athletes in developing countries. This is only to participate if you don’t place you have no points, so this exercise is not cheap. Besides, the WKF events only allow one athlete per division per country again limiting karate-ka participating because of the Olympic qualification focus.

We want to have a world movement of participation and developing karate-ka and will also open entries in all divisions and all forms, starting from¬† 12 African Open Karate and Martial Arts Championships, also we are encouraging organizations to work together and unite and develop jointly, this limiting and discrimination in calling organizations “dissident” because you don’t want them to exist is not healthy for karate and the martial arts. We come from the same source and we are all taking the same journey to the top of the mountain, the route maybe different but the goal is the same.

We ask all karate-ka and martial artist to embrace this new and open understand and encourage you to join this movement.

 

Mass Participation and Equal Opportunity

After much assessment it has become abundantly clear that the Olympic participation will be a disappointment for many as they will not have the opportunity, resources or time to get the qualification nod, as the numbers just cant accommodate everyone in the qualification process. The reality is that only a few individuals and countries can afford the qualification as an athletes one needs at least $64000.00 per year to just put yourself up for qualification, for those in Europe it is much easier as they have a few qualification event close to their vicinity. But for those in the developing countries this becomes a very expensive exercise. If one makes a simple calculation there are about 8 qualification events yearly and each event cost in the region of $8000.00 (accommodation, airfare, visas, insurance, competition approved gear, food, internal transports, competition fees, medical, training fees, supplementation and others). The qualification system expects any karate-ka to participate in a minimum number of events to accumulate points and the more you place in the top three the better your chances.  Also there are only 68 places world-wide for others countries in both Kata and individual kumite, there are no team events at the Olympics, besides Japan, they qualify automatically.

So taking this into consideration we are very happy that the WKF is concentrating on the Olympics and we will be very happy to concentrate in giving as many karate-ka and other martial artist an opportunity in the UWKF to take part with as many athletes and in as many formats as they wish. They will have to qualify through their organizations and national federations. Unity and Development is our motto and we will stick by this providing all formats of karate competition and all styles and all martial arts inclusive in all participation in one event.

This year is the year on the continental unions to have their respective events in April 2018 we have the 12th African Open Karate and Martial Arts Championship in Gaborone, Botswana, we expect 20 countries to participate, in July 2018 our members will participate in the IKU Pan American Championships in Chile, In August 2018 our members will be participating in the Okinawan World Championship in Naha, Okinawa, in November 2018 we will be in India for two events the Asian championships and the Indian Professional League as know as Boutpro.

So let the WKF worry about Olympics and 2020 is the only assurance that karate is in the Olympics with 5 other sports and we are proud of this collective achievement by all karate-ka world-wide, they have to try an convince the International Olympic Committee again in 2024 and beyond, this is a costly and tedious exercise and I wish them well. In the meantime let us concentrate on enjoying unifying and developing Budo world-wide one day at a time.