An international karate tournament will be held at Rothesay Netherwood School this weekend.

Chito-Ryu karate is a form of the martial art that originated in Okinawa, Japan and was introduced to Canada in the 1950s.

“This karate is a bogu tournament and bogu is a piece of body protection. It’s a head protective piece and a chest protector,” said Neil Pond, president of N.B. Chito-Ryu karate.

“It was developed by the founder of our style, Dr. (Tsuyoshi) Chitose.”

This will be the second world championships for Chito-Ryu karate — the first was held in Toronto in 2012.