IOGKF Ubuntu World Friendship Tournament
By: Sensei Bakkies Laubscher – IOGKF World Technical Advisor
The official report for the IOGKF World Friendship tournament, express from event organizer Sensei Bakkies Laubscher. This proved to be a difficult event to arrange, but well worth the rewards for not only Sensei Bakkies himself, but for the many competitors, officials and spectators as our World Technical Advisor reports…
From my own perspective it was very difficult to organize, as many participants and referees from elsewhere had not really used the system before. But it all happened in the spirit of friendship and in the end it was an extremely successful event.
Personally I thought there was some really quality Karate displayed, but the finest bout of the day was undoubtedly in the junior 9 – 13 years, under 35 kilogram Iri Kumi/Kata division between Yelsaya, Erbolat and Dauletkan, Daulet from Kazakhstan. They had the audience literally on their feet!
The main events of the day were of course the Black Belt events, and in the Men Black Belt Individual Division from a pool of 48 competitors, Tertius Naude from South Africa emerged as the 2010 IOGKF World Champion after a hard fought contest with his country and Dojo mate Eugene Alexander, who placed second with Rowan Carstens from Namibia in the third place.
See some photographic highlights from the event below:
In the Ladies Black Belt Individual Division, it was Reena Prasad from England emerging as the gold medal winner with Frederikke Nielsen from Denmark winning silver and Anja Sollner also from Denmark winning the bronze.
In the Black Belt International Team Events, from a total of 11 Teams, South Africa B won the gold medal with England B second and the young team from Kazakhstan third.
In the ladies Black Belt Team event, it was England first with South Africa B second and South Africa A in the third place.
My personal thanks go to all the referees, officials and participants, who contributed to the relaxed atmosphere in which the event ran and made this opportunity possible for our future ‘Masters’!
OFFICIAL WORLD TOURNAMENT RESULTS BELOW: