Kung fu films stir teen

The National,Tuesday June 28th, 2016

A young man from East Sepik aspiring to be a top fighter in the art of karate has earned himself a player of the tournament award in a recent Morobe Karate Association event at Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium.
The MKA event drew fighters from Wau, Bulolo, Markham and Lae for the selectors to choose fighters to represent the province in the seventh PNG Games in Kimbe.
For 18-year-old Tore Patrick from Sinengu village in Yangoru, East Sepik, it was his first to participate. He told The National that he was inspired in the art of karate by watching Chinese kung fu movies. And when the club was established at 3-Mile he enrolled.
“I committed my time to training and became a senior student for the club and now train young kids that come to the club when Sempai Sivari Matus is not around,” he said.
Patrict said he was a first-time participant in an organised tournament. And by being named player of the tournament has made the young man proud of his achievement.
“This is the beginning of the long road that lies ahead but to get there is all about commitment and discipline,” he said.
“My encouragement to young men out in the settlements is for them to refrain from petty crimes and consuming of home brew.
“Take up the art of karate where you can instil discipline in your lives to become better citizens of Lae.”