Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts under the influence of Chinese Kung Fu

Recognise karate as official sports

  • 13 December, 2018

Newly formed Lesotho Association of Karati (LAK) is campaigning for the recognition of karate sport in the country as one of the official sports.

Although Karate has a long history in Lesotho as a sport and played widely, it was never registered with Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC), according to LAK Public Relations Officer, Mrs. ’Madlamini Monyaesa.

“It is an interesting sport to watch. It takes its roots from Japan and it pairs two competitors,” explains Mrs. Monyaesa.

She added: “We are now in the process of registering and be a formal affiliate of LSRC. We are also in the national campaign to woo more people to join this sport. It is our observation that Basotho can master it.”

According to Mrs. Monyaesa, it has been long since Basotho played the sport formally - locally and internationally.

“It used to be a sport that put Lesotho on the international map. Oh yes! we have veterans in the sport. Those who made it on the international stage are known for their neat skills and tricks in the sport. We expect them to transfer that to the youngsters,” she said.

The fascinating thing about Karate, explained Mrs. Monyaesa, is that it helps one focus, concentrate and improve body physic, discipline, self-reliance, and most importantly it helps one to protect himself or herself against any harm.

Molahlehi Nkhooa, regarded as veteran and trainer, said for a long time they have been trying to meet the requirements in order to register as association. They have enacted a constitution and have all what it takes to register very soon.

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