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As the SKI-N karate training and tournament come to a conclusion, Ifeadi sees a promising future for combat sports.

Dr. Emmanuel Brasca Udo Ifeadi, president of Shotokan Karate Do International-Nigeria (SKI-N), thinks that if competitors have adequate opportunities to compete and get exposure, Nigeria would excel in combat sports.

Ifeadi praised participants at the event while speaking at the third SKI-N International Course and Championship, which came to a finish at the National Stadium in Lagos over the weekend. He said the organization’s goal is to generate athletes who would bring honor to their nation while competing abroad.

According to him, the fact that other African karatekas traveled to Nigeria for the International Karate Course and Championship has shown that the country is a major player in combat sports.

“More than 100 karate players take part in the activity, which gives them the chance to learn more about Shotokan Karate and other contemporary methods used in the sport.

Since practitioners of Shotokan Karate from many organizations took part, the practice was a success. In order to assist the athletes get more familiar with the sport, new skills were taught to them towards the conclusion of the exercise, he added.

Ifeadi, a seventh Dan Blackbelt and SKIF Japan-certified fighter, expressed his gratitude to the Karate Federation of Nigeria and the Lagos State Karate Association for their assistance in making the course a success.

Athletes were instructed by and under the supervision of Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami, an eight Dan head teacher from the Shotokan Karate Do-International Federation (SKIF), Japan, who is a well-known karate instructor internationally.

Benin Republic, Chad, Cameroun, Ghana, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and the program’s host, Nigeria, were among the nations that took part.

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