Gugs karate dojo on shoestrings

2017-01-19 06:02
Sensei Stanley Champunza and his students in Gugulethu. PHOTO: mbongi maseko

Sensei Stanley Champunza and his students in Gugulethu. PHOTO: mbongi maseko

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A Gugulethu based Karate club which has achieved a lot in the past despite limited resources has sent out an appeal for assistance.

The Kyokushin Karate Gugulethu boasts championship material instructors in Sensei Stanley Champunza, who has a 3rd Dan black belt and Sempai Pat Peter a 2nd Dan black belt, but are in need of sponsorship to buy hand gloves, kicking bags, protective head covers and mouth gumshields.

They have about 20 students and the number is still growing.

Champunza said the club is there for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“We would like to plead with whoever can help us as the club has mainly children from Gugulethu who are disadvantaged and unable to buy the necessary equipment for effectively advancement with their karate skills. On most occasions we miss out on participating outside the country because of lack of sponsorship,” he said.

The club is affiliated to All Japan Kyokushin Union, Karate South Africa and Western Province Karate.

The club has been highly successful in the past year despite not having enough resources to be able to compete effectively with other dojos in well resourced areas.

Notable achievements include two of their students, Sasha Champunza and Xoli Khoza, who won in the championships of the Western Province Tournament, coming in positions one and position two.

Tino Junior Maputi was crowned a Western Province Campion for Under 11. Sasha Champunza then qualified to represent South Africa in a junior world cup tournament in Bulgaria. Some of the students appeared in a Blackcat peanut butter advert that was aired in prime time television.

“Karate is one of the most important skills to acquire in life as it teaches discipline and self defence,” he added.

The club holds graduations twice a year after their progress has been assessed and they get promoted to higher rankings indicating their colour belt.

It cost R200 to participate in the grading, these cover the costs of certificate and belts. Karate uniform cost R300 and it is compulsory for all students to have one.

At least three times a year they participate in tournaments and compete with other clubs, which brings the costs to about R150 to participate.

They normally take part in the Western Province tournament, National Championships for SA qualifications, regional tournaments and once a year they have to participate in a World Tournament where they have to book tickets for students, for which, at most, they fail to raise funds for.

Anyone who wishes to help the club can contact them on their Facebook page KyokushinKarateGuguletu or call Sempai Pat on 0829485907 or sensei Stanley on 0726725895.

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