In a bid to rescue the future of Karate sport in Kenya, parents must introduce their children in the game, Karate National Couch Bon Owiti has said.
Speaking during Budokan Karete opens at Mount Kenya University, Thika on Saturday where 10 teams from 5 counties participated, Owiti said that introduction of children in the Karate game will better Kenya’s Karate standards in future.
He stated that Kenyan children uptake of Karate sport was gradually improving calling on parents to support children in exposing their talents.
‘To achieve success in life, discipline and consistence are key factors which everyone must adhere to; Karate gives you all this. Kenya is in danger of losing its Karate future if kids are not introduced in the game. Youngsters have a better timeframe to better their skills and better Kenya’s Karate standards,’ said Owiti.
Apart from discipline, Owiti said Karate helped children to better their physical life by reducing obesity and thereby inculcating a healthy, disciplined future among the young generation.
‘Karate is well paying. We have trainers, players and even referees who make incredible livelihoods from the game,’ he noted adding that the game helped people in improving their concentration.
Owiti said that self-discipline among the children helped them to develop ability to focus on specific tasks thereby shelving them from engaging in societal vices.
‘Martial arts helps people become more confident and better people in all situations. It changes people’s way of handling life issues as well us improving interactions,’ said Owiti.
Budokan Karate association of Kenya chief instructor Nelson Ndung’u Kabicha said that Karate trained children performed better in academics attributing the fact to discipline which he said was the central value of the game.
He said that the opens were preparing the participants for inter-county/institution games on 30th September 2017 in Nanyuki.
‘The winners of the inter-county games will participate in the national championships where participants to represent Kenya in the upcoming Africa championship will be selected,’ said Ndung’u.
Mount Kenya University managed to take home one gold, two silver medals against Chuka and Kabarak universities in the games that were played on Saturday.
Whizzkids Academy from Nakuru County also took home two silver and a bronze medal against Young Dragons and Lion Hearted clubs in the Kumite category that is normally played by children between 6-8 years.