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Schools to fight it out for karate crown

This is the second time I will be participating in this tournament. Last year I won gold and was also selected for the Iska Martial Art World Cup in Australia, where I won bronze. This year I will do kata, kumite and team kata. I will also perform cardio-kickboxing to the tune of Tumhi ho bandhu in front of the governor.
Elima Basu
Hariyana Vidya Mandir, Class XI

What: All India Inter-School and Senior Karate-Do Championship Federation Cup 2012 organised by All India Karate-Do Federation and partnered by TTIS & The Telegraph

When: August 18 to 20, 9.30am onwards

Where: Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake stadium)

Looking back: It all started with a state-level championship at MC Kejriwal Vidyapeeth in 2007. Delhi Public School, New Town, hosted the meet the next year. The tournament turned national in 2009 and the venue shifted to Netaji Indoor Stadium.

Over the years, the number of participants has seen a steady rise and the tournament has become one of the most-awaited in the city, where young students get a platform to showcase their talent. It is also one of the tournaments from where karatekas are selected to represent India in international tournaments.

Tournament this year: Governor M.K. Narayanan will be present at the inauguration on Saturday. Also present will be junior Union urban development and tourism ministers Saugata Roy and Sultan Ahmed, and state ministers Madan Mitra (sports) and Subrata Mukherjee (public health engineering) and other dignitaries.

The tournament will be held in a knockout format. There will be 80 events for children below six to 18 and above. The categories include kata (shadow fight), kumite (sparring) and weapon demonstration. Men aged 30 to 50 years will compete for masters’ kata and masters’ kumite.

Though I have my selection tests coming up next week, I am still taking part in this championship and balancing karate with studies since I love karate. I turned black belt this year and have earlier participated in international tournaments in Singapore and Malaysia. I will only be participating in kumite and team kata this year as I have to concentrate on my exams as well.
Manisha Kapoor,
Shri Shikshayatan School, Class X

The tournament will be held under the expert supervision of Shihan Premjit Sen, 8th Dan Black Belt from Japan, referee and judge of the Asian Karate Federation and the president of the Karate-Do Association of Bengal.

Who’s competing: More than 300 schools from across India will compete this year. Schools to watch out for include Shri Shikshayatan School, Gokhale Memorial Girls’ School, Birla High School for Boys, Hariyana Vidya Mandir, Delhi Public School (Patna), St. Paul’s School (Darjeeling), DAV Senior Secondary School (Kangra) and Bal Bharti Public School (Ludhiana).

Besides students, teams from 15 states, including Manipur, Mizoram, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Sikkim, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Odisha and Assam, will also take part in the tournament.

The army, Assam Rifles, the paramilitary forces, Calcutta police and other state police teams are also on the participants’ list.

Rules of the game: To score, a contestant must apply a good technique clearly from a correct distance and with a sporting attitude

There are bonus points on offer as well. Additional points can be scored for Ippon (three points) awarded for Jodan kick (face) or for a technique performed on a fallen opponent, Waza-ari (two points) for chudan kicks (on the chest, back and sides) and Yuko (one point) for chudan or jodan tsuki (face or stomach punch) and jodan or chudan uchi (open hand strike on face or stomach).

Attacking on the head, face, neck, abdomen, chest, sides and back is barred.