A Standard Seven pupil from Ebenezer Academy in Busia County Crenald Otieno exhibited his prowess at the Kenya Karate Federation National Inter- Club championship that ended at the Kenya Medical Training College Busia Campus on Saturday.
Otieno who plays for Busia Karate Academy displayed a Shotokan Kata-Sochin that thrilled participants including former All Africa Games Silver medallist Obisa Wanyama.
KKF Western branch chairman Augustine Okechi said Busia has continued producing world beaters in the game including former Members of the County Assembly Obisa Wanyama and Solomon Onyango.
“There has been misconception that Karate is related to thuggery or political agendas. At no single time have I heard karatekas engage in undisciplined behaviour,” he said, and urged county governments in the region to support the martial art to help tap talent that abound in the region.
National Social Security Fund Men Karate team asserted their supremacy, wining two titles out of four NSSF Kata team retained the title after thrashing Prisons 5-0 in the final with James Gikonyo, David Kimani and Jeremia Mugweru leading the onslaught to clinch gold. Menengai from Nakuru were contented with bronze medals.
NSSF Kumite team won back to back title, relegating Prisons to second place while Administration Police Training College took third position. NSSF Ladies team failed to emulate their male counterparts.
In Kata, NSSF were beaten 4-1 by Menengai to claim their maiden title which was held by Jomo Kenyatta University of Arts and Technology that failed to defend the title. Mully Children’s Family (MCF) from Machakos took third position.
MCF bounced back to claim the Kumite crown after beating NSSF in the final. Maseno from Nyanza took third position in the event that attracted 15 clubs including seven for ladies.