Coaches and referees storm Lagos for karate clinic

As many as 120 referees and coaches will attend a Shito-Ryo Karate Association of Nigeria course for instructors and referees in the sport.

The event will take place from March 18-20 in Lagos State.

The association’s director of administration, Paschal Mac-Brown, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday that the training to be held at Surulere National Stadium will boost the development of karate in the the country.

Mr Mac-Brown said the program would have resource persons such as Shihan Emechete-Atoh, head coach of the Karate Federation of Nigeria, and Ayideji Idowu, deputy chairman of the Nigeria Karate Referees Committee.

The course will also be attended by Shihan Lucky Ebunu (8th Dan black belt), president/head of style of the association, Mr Mac-Brown said.

The director of administration said that Shihan Wilson Godwin Okon, technical director of the association, and some other technical officials and instructors will be present at the event.

“Being our first term program, the idea is to enhance the capacity of practitioners who work or intend to work as instructors in teaching/training in public and private dojo clubs.

“It will also be a conducive environment to increase the number of trained referees and coaches, through which resource persons will fill in potential areas where members may have gaps in their knowledge base.”

According to him, Shito-Ryo is a leading and formidable style in the practice and art of karate in Nigeria.


Kristen T. Prall