Team SKISA aims for gold at provincial championships

2017-02-02 06:01
 Photo: supplied The team that is looking to participate in the upcoming championships.

Photo: supplied The team that is looking to participate in the upcoming championships.

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TEAM SKISA is going for gold at the KZN Provincial championships at the Tongaat Sports Centre.

Team SKISA having dominated the KSA regional eThekwini championships last weekend at the Tongaat Sports Centre are fighting fit to meet a bigger challenge at the KZN championships on Sunday.

The karate superstars, who all practice regularly on the weekends at the Tongaat Sports Centre under the watchful eye of Protea head coach, Brando Pillay, have won 97 medals including 45 gold.

Top performers of the day were USSA national all styles universities champions Riasha Singh and Theo Pillay who demolished all opposition to win the senior black belt open titles.

Protea head coach Sensei Brando Pillay was full of praise for his fighters.

“I am extremely excited with the record-breaking achievement of my champions who won the most number of medals ever in our history.

“Moreover this outstanding all- round performance augurs well for Sunday’s challenge, namely the KZN provincial championships 2017.”

The SKISA eThekwini champions continue preparation by attending intense coaching sessions throughout the week with the Protea coach Pillay in pursuit of KZN colours.

This honour is awarded to only the top four placed fighters that will entitle them to participate in the KSA nationals during March 2017 that will be hosted at DUT. President of KSA Hanshi Sonny Pillay delivered the keynote address during which he highlighted the fact that karate is now an Olympic sport.

“KSA National Federation is the only way to the Olympics,” said the South African legend Hanshi Pillay.

“Moreover KSA is now presenting a basketful of opportunities for our youth in particular.”

He once again cautioned the public to be aware of “bogus” so-called karate instructors who present themselves as grandmasters of the sport.

“Parents are urged to do their homework before enrolling their children in karate classes.

“You may call the resident of Karate KZN Ben Mare Shihan on 082 354 4535 or email senseiben30@gmail. com for reference before signing membership contracts on behalf of your child,” added Pillay. - Supplied.

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