With participation from karate schools across the country, the first Nosara Karate Tournament will be held November 21-23 in the Jungle Edge Hotel in Esperanza.
According to Isis Mejia, tournament director and karate instructor, the idea of this contest is to promote karate in Nosara and promote the region as a tourist destination.
“The initiative initiated from a conversation with my dad, Hector Mejia, who has been a renowned karate expert for more than 30 years. I want to give my students the experience of a tournament while promoting the sport in the area and promoting Nosara as a destination,” commented the instructor.
Mejia founded the Karate Academy in Nosara a year ago, based at Nosara Wellness. Currently the academy has two children’s groups and one youth group.
Competitors will participate in the tournament only by invitation from the organization. However, anyone can enjoy the action. The entry fee is $2 for adults and $4 for children, and 50% of the profits will be donated to the Nosara Animal Care foundation.
The karate competitors will receive a certificate of participation and a commemorative medal and be gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded for each combat in the categories of children, youth and seniors.
The tournament will also feature academies from Latin American countries; however, at press time, which countries will be participating had not been defined.