IFFSKSA karate kicks off

2016-04-14 06:00
 Photo: supplied The participating karate-kas together with club officials.

Photo: supplied The participating karate-kas together with club officials.

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IN a day devoted to kicking and screaming, the International Federation of Funakoshi Shotokan Karate South Africa (IFFSKSA) hosted its 26th annual regional development tournament at the Greenbury Community Hall in Phoenix on Sunday, 3 April.

The event attracted enthusiastic karate practitioners, or ‘karate-kas’ from across the North Coast area. The IFFSKSA has a long and impressive history - now in its 32nd year of existence, the organisation is continuing to grow as the number of affiliate clubs throughout the country increases.

The president and chief instructor of IFFSKSA, Kyoshi Eric Govender; a 7th Dan black-belt said he was especially pleased at how well the event was supported by parents. The tournament aimed at developing young talent and exposing the organisation’s young karate-kas to competing in a full tournament in which World Karate Federation rules apply.

In addition to this, the organisation’s provincial and national-level karate-kas also took part and amazed the crowd with their skill and expertise in both the set-moves of ‘kata’ and freestyle fighting known as ‘kumite’. Winners in their respective categories received gold, silver and bronze medals for their efforts, but all entrants to the tournament received a certificate and medal of participation.

The highlights of the day were the stellar performances executed by the senior male black belt division, during which the excited crowd was treated to high-speed, adrenaline packed action.

Sandesh Ramsaroop finished the tournament as grand champion after winning both the kata and kumite categories. Stiff competition came from Ashlyn Pillay and Warren Pillay, who placed second and third, respectively, in both disciplines.

The senior female division also packed some powerful punches, which saw a deserving Lauren Munsami winning both the kata and kumite, while Waseela Khan finished second in the kata category and third in kumite after a valiant effort. Bronze medallist in the kata, Shria Reddy scooped up the silver in kumite category after a powerful performance.

The next major event in the organisation’s calendar is the All Style Friendship Karate Championship at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Old Mutual Sports Centre on 14 May.

For further details, contact Kyoshi Eric Govender on 083 777 0727 or Niren Naidoo at nirenn@telkomsa.net.

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