Sensei has big plans

2017-04-19 06:00
Galeshewe based Kyokushin Karate Sako Juku Club is all set and ready to host their first development tournamentPhoto: Boipelo Mere

Galeshewe based Kyokushin Karate Sako Juku Club is all set and ready to host their first development tournamentPhoto: Boipelo Mere

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The Galeshewe based Kyoku­shin Karate Sako Juku Club is ready to host its first development tournament on Saturday, 13 May, where the Thabane High School and the Tetlanyo Secondary School will feature.

The club is in high spirit ahead of the tournament, aiming to welcome the two teams into its u.18 stall.

The tournament is regarded by sensei Lawrence Booi, the coach, as preparation for the national championship in Thokoza.

He said this would be the first school based tournament since he had started with development.

“This is basically to welcome the new schools and give them insight on a competition platform.”

He said he decided to expand the interest in karate as a community sport through working with school governing bodies and sports administrators by opening branches at schools.

According to Booi, karate is one of the best sports in the world due to its reputation of instilling discipline.

He started off as a white belt karate participant in 1982 and eventually earned his forth degree black belt.

“I have been in this sport for 43 years, thus I refuse to sit back and watch karate disappear in my community.”

His highest graduated student now has a second degree black belt and he wishes for more achievements.

Elaborating on his achievements over the years, Booi prided himself in his first-ever black belt woman karateka who will also be participating in the upcoming development tournament.

He encourages members of the community to support karate, take it seriously and help it grow.

“Karate is no longer at the high level it used to be.

“It also used to be managed very effectively,” Booi says.

His wish is to get the sport back to the status it used to have before most of his peers dropped out.

His biggest wish is to see some of his team members participate nationally and at international level.

“I would regard myself as blessed if I can see them at the world cup tournament that is usually hosted in India.”

Booi invites registrations from children and adults.

He also offers self-defence classes for a small fee.

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