Golden young karateka Freddy Mwiya Jnr is headed to the United States on Monday for the 2018 USA Open & Junior International Cup in Las Vegas. The event starts on 30 March until 1 April.
Mwiya, who is the only Namibian competing at the championships, will be part of the Botswana team with his coach, world-renowned sensei and African karate champion Shakes Bakwati.
The karate sensation, who follows in the footsteps of his father has nothing but victory in sight, saying his aim will be to improve his ranking and make it for the 2020 Olympic games.
Mwiya, an undefeated 9-time national champion in both Kata and Kumite, is a Region Five Kumite champion and silver medalist in Kata and continues to make waves on the local karate scene.
“I started karate when I was three years old in 2005. I was inspired by my dad so we all in the family wanted to do it. My first competition was in Cape Town in 2007 and I came first in both kata and kumite,” said the young sensation.
In karate, Kata is the choreographed patterns of movements practiced either solo or in pairs and the term form is used for the corresponding concept in non-Japanese martial arts in general. Kumite is used to develop a particular technique or a skill and is the part of karate in which a person trains against an adversary, using the techniques learned from the Kihon and Kata.
Mwiya’s impressive record of being a champion in both genres for years got him into the national team in 2012 where he continues to make an appearance for the country.
“The World Karate Federation (WKF) championships in the USA are one of the biggest competitions in the Karate Union.
My biggest aim to be number 5 or 3 which will get me to accumulate points in favour of the 2020 Olympic Games,” said Mwiya who currently enjoys the first spot on the national ranking charts in the 16-17 age mark.
“My aim is just to be in the medal bout. I’m looking forward to 2020 and in fact, I’m already training for 2020 Games at the moment,” said the young karateka who will be competing on Friday and Saturday.
In the early years of his father’s career, Freddy Mwiya (senior) walked off with first place at the Black Belt Kumite championships for two consecutive years (1992-93), from Karate-Zen International Championships.
Sensei Mwiya became second after taking the title twice and he managed to hold second place the third year after his reign.