Japan grades KSA Protea head coach to 6th degree black belt

2017-09-14 06:00
President of KSA Sonny Pillay Hanshi and KZN Karate president Ben Mare Shihan presents Brando Shihan with his 6th degree black belt diploma from Japan. Photo: supplied

President of KSA Sonny Pillay Hanshi and KZN Karate president Ben Mare Shihan presents Brando Shihan with his 6th degree black belt diploma from Japan. Photo: supplied

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KARATE SA (KSA) Protea head coach (cadets/juniors) Brando Pillay recently passed his practical test for a sixth degree black belt with flying colours under the close scrutiny of Japanese master Murakami Manabu.

The seasoned tournament fighter turned coach Brando Shihan has been practising karate since the age of four under the guidance of his father, South African karate legend Sonny Pillay Hanshi.

Both father and son have travelled the globe in search of karate technical advancement with several visits to Japan, the Mecca of karate, including at times to participate in international seminars and tournaments.

The Protea coach Brando was presented his 6th degree diploma issued under the hand and seal of the Japanese Grandmaster Kanazawa Soke (10th degree black belt) from KZN Karate President Ben Mare Shihan and president of KSA Sonny Pillay Hanshi. The prestigious accolade was bestowed on Brando Shihan at a gala dinner banquet hosted in Durban by the Skisa alumni in commemoration of Sonny Pillay Hanshi’s 50 glorious years in the karate field.

“I am delighted that my hard work in the karate field is paying dividends and I am receiving the just reward for my sacrifice over the past 34 years moreover being the first official 6th degree ranked black belt under the auspices of Japan’s SKIF world org. is hugely gratifying especially given that I have dedicated my life thus far to the karate way,” said Brando.

President of KSA and father of Brando Shihan said: “Brando’s work ethic is sound and consistent hence he has become an overwhelming success in the sport of karate.”
Pillay said karate personalities such as Brando Shihan serve the youth of today as role models bringing hope where there previously there was only despair.

“I conduct karate classes regularly at the Tongaat sports centre and the KZN province and I invite the KZN youth to join me in arming themselves with karate skills that will assist them in dealing with the challenges in today’s highly stressful life,” said Brando.

For all karate inquiries call the SKISA HQ on 082 302 9504 or emailpresident@karate-sa.org

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