22nd Kensho International Open Karate Championship 2017 Sri Lanka Update: A Pakistani karate team stood third in the 22nd Kensho International Open Karate Championship 2017 Sri Lanka, securing 5 gold medals in the process.
The 22nd Kensho International Open Karate Championship 2017 Sri Lanka, held in Sri Lanka, saw the participation from various Asian teams which included the likes of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Bhutan, Pakistan, and of course the hosts Sri Lanka.
The gold medal winners of the Bushi Ban Pakistan Junior Karate Team included:
- Erdemir Ali,
- Anael Ali,
- Khalid Aleem,
- Khadija Abdullah,
- Muhammed Raid.
The team, Bushi Ban Pakistan Junior Karate Team, along with teams from seven other countries participated in the 22nd Kensho International Open Karate Championship 2017 Sri Lanka.
The participating teams of 22nd Kensho International Open Karate Championship 2017 Sri Lanka hailed from Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.
A press statement released by Bushi Ban Pakistan Junior Karate Team stated:
“We are glad to announce the marvelous victory of our Karate team in international championship held in Sri Lanka.”
Pakistan also bagged 21 medals in the Asian Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games. This shows that Pakistan athletes are capable of achieving incredible things.
We hope that the government provides these athletes with an infrastructure through which they can grow and keep on winning medals for their country.
Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts called, “hand”; tii in Okinawan under the influence of Chinese martial arts, particularly Fujian White Crane. Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes. Historically, and in some modern styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital-point strikes are also taught. A karate practitioner is called a karateka.
The Ryukyu Kingdom was annexed by Japan in 1879. Karate was brought to Japan in the early 20th century during a time of migration as Ryukyuans, especially from Okinawa, looked for work in Japan.