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Karate Fighter To Defend Queensland Title

PNG Karate fighter, Sensei Rickinson Mekere is set to defend his title in the Queensland Kyokushin Karate Championship in Australia this October.

A 3-time Queensland Kyokushin Karate champion, Sensei Rickinson Mekere has developed a new breed of young fighters at Lae’s RAM Shotokan Karate Club.


While aiming to defend his title, he is also bringing along two of his top students to compete at the point contact and kata categories.


Sensei Rickinson Mekere is a passionate karate fighter, instructor and indeed a champion role model for his students.


His skills in karate have earned him a lot of respect in his small but growing RAM Shotokan Karate club.


For three consecutive years, he has maintained his position as champion not only in PNG, but also an undefeated Queensland Kyokushin Karate champion in Australia.


Sensei Mekere  is also looking to be selected for the World Karate Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Accompanying Sensei Rickinson to the Queensland competition are his students, Kennedy  Kinga and Jo’afo Eliuda, both point contact fighters.


It will be their first overseas tournament and they are hard at training to meet the international standard of the Queensland fighters.


Kennedy Kinga is one of sensei Rickinson’s best students. He has committed eight years of his life to developing himself in  the martial art of karate.


For him, the tournament is the start of a new era of learning and he’s set to take out his opponents.


Exposure at international tournaments will help develop their skills in contrast with fighters across the world.


The tournament will also help our local fighters gain experience, which will be useful in the development of karate in PNG.


Being a silent achiever, Sensei Rikinson Mekere has been the undisputed Queensland and PNG Champion karate fighter.


Over the last 3 years, there has been little financial support given to PNG fighters to take part in overseas tournaments apart from the Commonwealth Games.


He says support is needed as this will help build up fighters' confidence towards the PNG Games and the 2015 South Pacific Games.

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