Verulam senior karatekas to compete in world championships

2016-10-20 06:00
Photo: supplied Seniors from Nikki-ha Shitoryu club are preparing for the upcoming world tournament (front from left) Dr Sadhana Manik, Kushal Brijnath and Kimone Nair with other senior members (back) from the club.

Photo: supplied Seniors from Nikki-ha Shitoryu club are preparing for the upcoming world tournament (front from left) Dr Sadhana Manik, Kushal Brijnath and Kimone Nair with other senior members (back) from the club.

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KARATEKAS from the Nikki-ha Shitoryu Club in Verulam were selected to take part in world karate tournament to be held early next year.

The karatekas who qualified to participate in the tournament were selected at the national Women’s Cup hosted by United World Karate Federation in Gauteng on 26 and 27 August.

Among the karatekas in the line up are Dr Sadhana Manik (chairperson of UWKF in KZN), Kushal Brijnath and Kimone Nair who will compete against senior karatekas from 138 countries around the world in Johannesburg.

General secretary of UWKF KZN Viren Gosai said the organisation has been supporting communities in Verulam and Tongaat for the past 50 years.

“The Nikki-ha Shitoryu club is affiliated to Inoue-ha Shitoryu which has produced multiple all style world champions in the past. Our organisation has also produced multiple black belts, national and international champions.

“Our focus is on technique and self-defence which is so important in today’s world. We offer free classes to karatekas from disadvantaged communities. Our main dojo is at Mountview Civic Centre in Verulam. We are delighted that our members are selected to compete at the UWKF world championships that will be held next year,” he said.

Karatekas aged between 30 and 70 years old will compete in the veterans’ and masters’ divisions at the championships.

The UWKF brings together all karatekas.

Participants can compete in various forms of kumite (fighting).

It also supports style based kata competitions such as Shitoryu, Shotokan, Guju-ryu, Wado-ryu and traditional karate,” he said.

Chairperson of the United World Karate Federation in KZN Dr Sadhana Manik told the Weekly: “The UUWKF is recognised by Sascoc in terms of karate. I have been training for the past 26 years,” she said.

Karate classes are held every Tuesday and Thursdays commencing from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Mountview Civic Centre in Verulam.

For more information on training contact Sensei Viren Gosai on 082 423 7966.

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