In Lae City, senior Karatekas have made a strong effort in the lead up to the PNG Games to pull their resources together to build a Morobe team for the PNG Games. There are challenges. Funding and access to internationally approved standard equipment remain the biggest concerns for all dojos.
BUT… there is no shortage of determination. That is the warrior spirit right there.
One of the biggest challenges Karate schools face is the lack of uniforms. A good set of Karate Gi made of cotton costs anything between K150 and K300. It is a bit too much for an average family to fork out for a child who has the determination to pursue his or her dream.
It’s also difficult to find equipment in the country. Unlike the mid 1980s and 1990s very few shops sell Karate Gi or competition mitts. It’s more difficult getting equipment and uniforms if you live outside of Port Moresby.
So this is a general appeal to everyone out there – parents or anyone – if you find a Gi in the many second hand stores in Lae, please donate it to us – contact me (Scott Waide) on Facebook or Twitter . Karate Gi look like the ones in the picture above.
Karate is about respect and discipline. Kids who take up karate at an early age are respectful, well behaved refrain from violent behavior. These are among the key ideals taught in dojos and by respected teachers.