Shotokan, under the Japan Karate Association (JKA) will host National Youth Championships on 27 May in Francistown.
The Championships will pit together clubs from around the country for an electrifying display of coordinated karate moves.
An Instructor, Sensei Otsile Motsamai of the Francistown based Chobe Karate Club said they are ready to take on some of the best in the country.
Motsamai whose club focuses on developing youngsters from the ages of five years, and out of school youth said since setting up the club, they have always done well in local tournaments.
“We are always looking forward to testing our readiness against some of the well grilled athletes from clubs across the country,” he said.
The Sensei was speaking after a successful training camp held in Tonota in conjunction with Jitte Karate Academy.
Motsamai said they chose Tonota with the intention to revive the sport in and around the village.
“We also used this training camp to prepare for the upcoming National Youth Championships, but above all we wanted to plant a karate seed in Tonota and neighbouring villages,” he said.
The first den black belt said, besides the impressive turnout by both male and female athletes, he was impressed with the passion displayed on the day.
“Most of our athletes have shown readiness and the willingness to succeed. We concentrated mainly on technique and I’m confident that my team will dominate the podium next Saturday,’ said Sensei Otsile.
He however added that although the training camp went well, his main worry was the casual approach displayed by some athletes in Tonota.
“There was a difference in attitude between athletes from remote areas and those based in the city. My observation is the former don’t take the sport seriously, to them it’s just mere entertainment,” he said.
Motsamai said this attitude calls for the intervention of parents.
“Parental support is vital at the developmental stages. Although kids should have as much fun as they possibly can, it is necessary that they are made aware of the importance of sport,” he said.
“Lets all learn to motivate our kids, and be part of their development in sports,” was Motsamai’s parting shot.