The FESSAP Karate Club, under the auspices of the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines, held a general meeting at the Philippine Columbia Association, to discuss its future plans.
Of the 13 clubs/associations that attended the FESSAP Karate Club meet, three clubs have paid their obligation of a one-time membership fee, namely Philippine Karatedo Federation 1987; Gray Circle Shorin Ryu Shidokan Karate Club and Solidarity and Radiance of Karatedo Organization International.
The other club-associations in attendance were Neville School Karatedo Association; Kagaku Shotokan-Ryu Inc.; FILKADO LUCENA Karatedo Club; LACUAA Karate Club; Shukuri Karatedo Shorin Ryu Shidokan Philippines, Inc.; BNE MARTIAL Arts Association Club; JASKA GROUP; KARATE SPORT SCHULE INTERNATIONAL NCR; Philippine Karate Federation Black Commands Judo Karate and Kyodai Karatedo.
Professor Robert Milton Calo presided over the FESSAP Karate Club meeting that was also attended by members of the FESSAP National Secretariat led by Joseph Amparo Sy, Cecil Sarmiento, Antonio Quiza and Eddie Ang.
The clubs/associations that have not fulfilled their obligations are requested to settle their membership fee on or before January 25, whem the next FKC meeting is tentatively set at PCA.
The main objective of FESSAP is to put together an elite group composed of various representatives from karate clubs/associations totaling 10 or more for a quorum to tackle its various programs from 2020 to 2022.
One proposed program is the staging of a National Competition among its members to be annually in October or November.
The FKC Committee welcomes any school that plans to host the national tournament in a bid to attract more entries from the student athletes’ sector.
The members of the FKC Committee are expected to come out with the rules and regulations based on their respective ideas and provisions.
All Karate Clubs and Associations that are registered members with the FESSAP Karate Club is eligible to be committee members and decide on the future that the FESSAP Karate Club will undertake.
The Committee Chair will be designated by the FESSAP Board of Trustees. The Committee members have the right to vote on any issues at stake. The FESSAP will provide the venue and expenses incurred for any meeting to be held in the future.
Furthermore, Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation has issued an invitation to the FESSAP for Filipino university athletes to take part in the Kata category of their National Inter-Collegiate Athletic Games to be held from May 1 to 6, 2020.
The delegation is to be composed of three Kata student-athletes and one official.
The airfare will be shouldered by them. The departure date for the flight from Manila to Kaohsiung in Taiwan is set for May 1. The return flight to Manila will be on May 6. The participants in the Games must provide travel insurance as required. No entry visa to Taiwan is needed.
Another event, where FESSAP can send a team to is the 3rd Malaysia Open International Karate Championship from March 26 to 29, 2020 in Melaka.
Finally, the FESSAP is introducing Orienteering-Philippines, a National Sports Association recognized by the IOC-affiliates International Orienteering Federation.
Orienteering is an international sport combining both physical and mental elements. The very basic idea in orienteering is to visit a number of control points in a predetermined order with the help of only a map and compass.
Orienteers are allowed to decide their choice of route for each leg (the course between two individual control points) by essaying the different features of the terrain.
The FESSAP will be inviting all athletes and officials that are members of the Karate Committee to the seminar on Orienteering in mid-March 2020.
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