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Pakistani kids win European Karate Championship, set for a bright future

England: Pakistani kids win European Karate Championship in England, qualifying for the World Karate Championship.  Nine years old Taha and seven years old, Umer competed with 500 competitors from all around Europe in the European Karate Championship which took place in Holland. Their Chief Instructor, Les Hartt, super proud of his students, says: These guys are brilliant. I am very proud of both of them, they did a very good job". Taha while speaking to ARY news, said: "I feel very proud because I represented…

‘Matches were not fixed’ says Ashraf Tai

KARACHI: Renowned martial arts grandmaster Ashraf Tai has denied any involvement in matching fixing and clarified that the results of certain matches was predetermined rather than fixed. Ashraf Tai has disclosed earlier that he had received $500,000 during his fight with Howard Jackson of Germany in 1983. He had said that the fight was neither title fight nor it was fought for the national side. However, Tai seemed to backtrack on his statement and said that it was a demo fight and he did not sell his country for…

Karate Olympic debut shines light on martial art

NAHA, JAPAN: Hollywood may have kicked karate onto the world stage, but its first-ever inclusion at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics promises to shine a light on the rich history of the discipline.  At 78, sensei Masahiro Nakamoto has been waiting decades for this decision, insisting there is far more to the martial art than the caricature depicted in films such as Karate Kid and by action stars Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. "This is the art of defence," the karate master told AFP at his dojo in Naha, Okinawa -- an island…