The World Karate Federation has appointed actor and KIF Global co-founder Shin Koyamada as Karate’s Ambassador in Los Angeles.
Originally from Japan, a black belt in Karate and Los Angeles resident for the last 20 years, Shin Koyamada is the co-founder and global chairman of KIF (Koyamada International Foundation).
Actor, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Shin Koyamada became best known worldwide for his film debut co-starring in “The Last Samurai” and starring in Disney Channel’s Movie “Wendy Wu Homecoming Warrior”.
The 2022 World Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships concluded today in Konya (Turkiye). In a celebration of the strength of Karate among youngsters, the event finished with Japan topping the medal table of the tournament with a tally of 13 medals including ten golds.
Japan wrapped up their impressive performance with five golds on the final day. Mirisa Ohuchi opened the gold medal count of the day for Japan when she became the new World champion in U21 Female Kata. The Japanese Kata ace defeated Damayanti Marzella Sekar of Indonesia in the final (26.14 to 24.74)
The final of U21 Male Kata was claimed by Sakichi Abe of Japan over Duc Anh Nguyen of Vietnam by 26.54 to 25.12
Japan dominated the Kata categories since the Japanese delegation won all the gold medals in Kata including individual and team competitions.
The WKF has announced the competition calendar for 2023. Following its approval by the WKF Congress last week in Konya (Turkiye), the list of events for next year has been revealed.
Karate fans will have plenty of highlights to mark in red next year. The Karate community will be setting its sights in Budapest (Hungary) where the World Senior Championships will take place from October 24 to 29.
In addition to Karate’s biggest event, the sport will again be featured in all the multi-sport events of the Olympic cycle of the year. The European Games (June 30 to July 1), the African Games (Karate dates to be confirmed), the Pan American Games (November 3 to 5), the Asian Games (Karate dates to be confirmed), and the Pacific Games (Karate dates to be confirmed) will all have Karate in the sports programmes.
The city of Durban in South Africa will host the 2022 UFAK Karate Championships from November 28 to December 4.
The best athletes in the continent are set to travel to Durban to compete in an event that gathers Senior, Cadet, Junior and U21 categories. The event will take place in the Olive Convention Centre in Durban.
As the tournament returns to the African East Coast after 15 years, the 2022 UFAK Championships in Durban is expected to continue the progress of the sport in the continent.
The last edition of the UFAK Championships was held in Egypt last year. The host nation topped the medal table of the event with 38 medals including 26 golds, followed by Algeria and Tunisia. Over 300 athletes from 23 countries participated in the event.
CLICK HERE to go to the micro-site of the 2022 UFAK Championships.