Ryushin-Kan push membership fight

Fighting on: Ryushin-Kan want their membership issue resolved
Fighting on: Ryushin-Kan want their membership issue resolved

Ryushin-Kan Karate Do Botswana’s fight to be included as a Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) affiliate, is far from over.

The style fought tooth and nail to be given full membership before the BOKA annual general meeting (AGM) held in March. Ryushin-Kan chief instructor, Keorapetse Dube tried his luck to run for president. However, he was disqualified from contesting because his club had provisional and not full membership. It all started in 2013 when BOKA suspended Ryushin-Kan pending investigations on the change of name from Ryushin-Kan International to Seikokai and the change of affiliation from Ryushin-Kan International Africa to Shito Ryu Seiko Kai International. The entire group was suspended from taking part in BOKA activities.

However, BOKA lifted the suspension in April 2014. In May 2014, a letter was written to Ryushin-Kan informing them that they had been granted provisional membership for a year.  In another letter from former secretary-general, Phineas Motseolapile in July 2020, Ryushin-Kan had applied for membership. In his response, Motseolapile said after a thorough assessment by the executive committee, the style was granted provisional membership for 12 months.

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