Karate

Precision and competition combined with the ancient history of the Far East fighting arts are coming to Key Biscayne this weekend.

The Key Biscayne Community Center is hosting an international karate event as the SWKF World Championships takes place Sunday, May 20 for a day filled with dazzling self-defense.

Hosted my renowned Key Biscayne martial artist Jimmy Wong, who is the chairman and chief instructor of the SWKF, the karate spectacle will feature athletes representing more than 20 countries. “We will have people from all over the world,” Wong said, rattling off an abbreviated list of countries.

“We have people coming from places like Russia, Pakistan, India, South Africa, Nepal, France, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina and from all around the United States.”

No less than 30 of Master Wong’s students from Key Biscayne are expected to join some 300 competitors who are scheduled to take part in the event.

It’s a one-day spectacular that starts at 8 a.m. and runs until about 8 p.m.

Recently, Wong sat outside a café in The Square excitedly talking about the upcoming itinerary.

“This a traditional karate tournament, this is Japanese martial art,” he said. “I will be doing a demonstration and exhibition in the morning with the forms or katas, then display fighting arts with some of the black belts, then start the tournament with kids from 6 years old to 70.

“The 20-to-34-year-olds are the big category, because these are the world-class fighters who are potential Olympic hopefuls.”

The competition is open to the public for a $10 entrance fee.

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