13 Koshiki Karate-do exponents from Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Perak attended the referee clinic and examination at the Jabatan Belia Dan Sukan Negeri Perak in Ipoh on Saturday, with seven of them successfully becoming the first batch of referee graduates with a Grade A certificate. Four received Grade B, which means they can assist the referee in a match. Two other candidates obtained Grade C and will have to retake the exam.
Those who sat for the examination have to be at least a black belt exponent. The exam was in two parts, theory and practical, with theory offering 10% of the score, and practical making up 90% of the test score. All commands are in Japanese.
According to Referee Commission Chairman, Shihan Neoh Then Hock, this was the first time that a national certificate was issued. The Commission, which was newly formed this year, saw the need to have a national standard in refereeing the sport, rather than depending on international examinations which is only held once every two years, although senior referees with a Grade A Malaysian certificate and have actively refereed for at least three years could be sent to sit for the international exam to obtain international certification.
The Malaysian referee certificate is recognised and endorsed by the State Sports Council (Majlis Sukan Negeri Perak).
The seven Grade A referee graduates will see active duty at the 2014 Koshiki Karate-do Open Championship to be held on Sept. 14, 2014 at SJK(C) Bercham, Ipoh.
Event: 1st Koshiki Karate-do Referee Clinic & Examination
Venue: Jabatan Belia Dan Sukan Negeri Perak, Ipoh
Date: 28th June, 2014
Time: from 9.30am
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