Karate club hosts Open Border Challenge
THE Portland Kyokushin Karate Club will host their annual Open Border Challenge tomorrow with karate enthusiasts from across the state converging on the Portland Secondary College gym.
It is one of their biggest events of the year with the karate club hosting top local and out of town competitors.
The competition has both contact and non-contact divisions with all the action beginning at 9.30am.
26 Portlanders will be competing throughout the day with their eyes on a podium finish at the end of the tournament.
Portland Karate Club leader Rachel Ralph says they are expecting a big turnout tomorrow.
“We are expecting over 100 competitors and their families to come and be a part of the action starting with the non-contact sessions from 9.30am,” Ralph said.
“The contact section will resume around lunch time.
“We have all levels competing from white belt right up to black belt and ages from five to 60 plus.
“Anyone is welcome to come and watch and entry is only $2 for children and $5 for adults.
“A big selection of food is available to purchase throughout the day.
“There are 26 locals competing from the Portland dojo in non-contact as well as the full contact divisions.”