Japan honours SA karate legend

2016-09-08 06:00
 Photo: supplied Grandmaster Hirokazu Kanazawa (left) and his son Nobuaki Kanazawa handing over a certificate to the President of Karate South Africa Hanshi Sonny Pillay at the Shotokan World Championships in Indonesia recently.

Photo: supplied Grandmaster Hirokazu Kanazawa (left) and his son Nobuaki Kanazawa handing over a certificate to the President of Karate South Africa Hanshi Sonny Pillay at the Shotokan World Championships in Indonesia recently.

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PRESIDENT of Karate South Africa (KSA) Hanshi Sonny Pillay was honoured with 8th Dan black belt by the Shotokan Karate International Federation(SKIF) in Indonesia recently.

The karate legend received 8th Dan black belt at the Shotokan World Championships held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The prestigious accolade of the 8th Dan rank was conferred on Pillay by world grandmaster Hirokazu Kanazawa.

Kanazawa is a Japanese master for Shotokan karate who is the highest and respected karate authority in the world today.

Pillay regularly conducts workshops at the Tongaat Sports Centre and he is the first and only karate master of Indian origin in the World to be graded to the rank of 8th Dan by Grandmaster Kanazawa.

In addition Pillay remains the first and only 8th Dan SKIF black belt to be graded by Japanese Grandmaster in the African continent.

Pillay said,“This rank of 8th Dan received in presence of an international audience with delegates from 53 countries by one of the greatest and living legends of karate in the world today, Kanazawa makes my journey of blood, sweat and tears of almost 50 years is very gratifying,” he said.

“Moreover I wish to place on record that I will always be eternally grateful to all those loyal karatekas, parents, officials, karate colleagues and my family who remains my pillars of strength - my wife Anita and my four children who have stood by me throughout this intriguing karate journey,” said Pillay.

Pillay is currently preparing to lead as head of delegation the KSA Protea team during October to the World Karate Federation World Cup in Austria.

- Supplied.

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