It’s crunch time for the Kyokushin-kan karate juniors in the Western Province.With just a few tournaments remaining for the year, each one will be seen as trials to pick the best to compete at the Kyokushin World Union Junior championship in December, hosted by Bulgaria.On Saturday 6 August Western Province Kyokushin-kan will host a novice tournament at Kenridge Primary. The tournament is open to all ages with the only restriction being that competitors are within the first three years of practising the sport. This is to develop the new karateka to tournaments.A week later, on Saturday 13 August, the Langa Sports Complex plays host to the Western Province Unicity Karate championships. A big turnout is expected across all age and weight groups. All full-contact groups will take part and karateka can qualify for WP colours.The Bellville Velodrome will host the “big daddy” on 10 September for the South African All Styles Junior tournament. The cream of the crop from all over SA will compete for top honours.A favourite amongst all karateka, the Len Barnes Memorial tournament, will be held in Durban on Saturday 8 October.Shihan Hennie Bosman, who is the chairman of Kyokushin-kan Africa, will keep a keen eye on his juniors for possible selection to travel to Bulgaria. “We always compete well against the best in the world. I am sure this year will be no different. You can train for hours on end in the dojo, but it is not the same as a tournament. We will base our selection on their tournament performances,” says Bosman.Iken is a form of martial arts which has been around for centuries and started in China. Iken is all about developing strength and how to control breathing. Correct technique plays a big part in being successful in Iken.“Iken is very well suited for people that did karate and other martial arts before but would like to do something softer as they became older and do not want to engage in hard sparring. I want to share my knowledge with everyone in making them a more complete and healthier person,” says Bosman.