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Association gathers martial artists.

President of Botswana Budo Styles Association (BABUSA) Shihan Thuto Thuto says the united all karate federation belongs to all karate formats and its mission is development of character and value adding to human beings for a better future.

Speaking during the official launch of BABUSA and to introduce to Botswana the 12th Annual Africa Cup Championships, Shihan Thuto said the all Botswana Budo Styles Association encompasses both the Chinese, Japanese and Korean styles of martial arts.

He urged the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) to recognise BABUSA saying there was need to have an all-inclusive martial science style practiced in Botswana.

Shihan Thuto further said BABUSA had aligned itself with the international martial arts governing body, the United World Karate Federation (UWKF) to bring to Botswana for the first time ever, the 12th Annual Africa Cup Championships which will bring competitors from across Africa to come and compete in Gaborone.

'For the first time in history we will be seeing karatekas from all martial arts disciplines, that is Karate,Tae Kwon Do ,Tang Soo Do,Fencing,Judo kung Fu compete under one umbrella body,' he said.

He also said the tournament would also offer Botswana an opportunity to get information on the reality of its entrance into the 2020 Olympics within a karate platform.

For his part, Grandmaster Edward Scott said the history of martial arts in Botswana, showed that the practice of karate had been the only dominating form of martial art, as evidenced by a number of tournaments held nationwide coordinated by Botswana Karate Association (BOKA).

He said as the years went by, a number of new styles which were not of Japanese origin started emerging hence the need for an association that would cater for all federations and individual styles that could equally benefit from government support.

He further said some martial arts practitioners brainstormed on the subject, and unanimously agreed that they should register an association that will also assist the BNSC with easy management of martial arts in Botswana.

He called on other practitioners through their federations to jointly register with BABUSA for the benefit of individuals and styles.

Grandmaster Scott said BABUSA was committed to assisting individual styles with registration and support for their growth as well as assist clubs and federations with their management structures and other related disciplines, such as finance and development programmes.

'BABUSA will also bring the element of monitoring and discipline that is affiliated with it, I wish to invite all fellow martial artists, active and those not active to embrace this change and bring forth their rich opinions, vital for the growth of this organization,' he said.

He further said the 12th Annual Africa Cup Championships is a sign that the UWKF had confidence in Botswana as a new body.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Geographic Code:60AFR
Date:Mar 13, 2018
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