To be of sound mind you must also be of sound body. Mental health is improved and balanced with physical activity. And one of the most physical sports in Belize is improving the outlook of its younger members while promoting sportsmanship in a competition that is attracting local and foreign talent. The Shotokan House of Karate is playing host to fighters from Mexico and from dojos across the country. On Saturday morning at the Belize Elementary School auditorium, an open competition for children and adults will take place and in the evening the setting will be used for elite matches between Belize and Mexico.
Shihan Kelly, Grandmaster, Shotokan House of Karate
“The two events happening tomorrow is an open martial arts competition. The divisions age range from three years old to elderly, i.e. seventy years old. It is an open division—different categories, different belts, different ranking for children and adults competing in that division.”
“Who will be there? Is this a Belizean only event?”
“No, no, no. This is an event that is an open event. We have Belizeans, martial artists traveling in from Dangriga, Hopkins, from north, south, east, west of Belize. Also we have some international, i.e. México fighters, are coming with their children to compete during the day event and also a night event that we will be having.”
“So essentially we’re going to see some Mexico Versus Belize fights?”
“Yes, you will see that and our hope is that the training that our fighters have been training here at the academy and working real hard in the streets of Belize is gonna pay off once they go into battle with the Mexican fighters. The evening event—just some information on the evening event—that one is when the Belize Elite Karate Team that is made up of black belts, adults and our children that have been training very hard, they are going to be fighting against a taekwondo team that is made up of talented fighters black belts and other ranking from the country of México.”
The day match starts at ten a.m. and the round house kicks of the evening elite matchups are at five p.m.Channel 5