HARARE – Rising karateka Tinashe Matika has sent tongues wagging with his recent achievements in the sport.
The 17-year old Matika has made some giant steps since taking up the sport only five years agao.
Matika will this weekend be upgraded to the prestigious black belt category due to his expots in the ring.
The Glen View 2 High School student has achieved a lot of impressive results in the tournaments he has taken part in.
Last year, Matika won a gold medal in the lightweight division at the Len Barnes Memorial Tournament in South Africa.
In his first international tournament in 2011, Matika was knocked out in the third round stage at Shorin Kempo Karate tournament in South Africa.
Locally, the young karateka won a gold medal in the senior colt category at the International Federation of Karate tournament last year.
He also won another gold medal in the senior colt category at the Kyokushin Union tournament held in Glen View in 2011.
Matika is currently training at Glen View New Hall dojo under the tutelage of Sensei Kumbirai Musinami.
“Tinashe is a good karateka and even at training he works very hard. The youngster showed a lot of potential. If he gets enough support he will scale to greater heights,” Musinami told the Daily News on Sunday.
“His future is very bright as long as he gets no obstacles. He always pushes me to teach him new techniques on a daily basis.
“In my own view the young karateka has the stamina to follow records set by Zimbabwe’s top karateka, Sensei Samson Muripo.
“People are beginning to recognise karate as a sport but we are facing financial challenges to develop the sport.
“However I think karate is bringing more medals than any other sport each time our athletes go out to take part in international tournaments.”