Karate clubs prepare for tournament in KwaNoxolo

2016-09-21 06:00
Sensei Joseph Thomas (right) with his KwaNoxolo Shotokan Karate Club executive members and some of his karatekas. Photo: SUPPLIED

Sensei Joseph Thomas (right) with his KwaNoxolo Shotokan Karate Club executive members and some of his karatekas. Photo: SUPPLIED

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NELSON Mandela Bay karate clubs following the Shotokan Karate style will be taking part in the Kumite and Kata demonstration at the George Botha Community Hall in KwaNoxolo in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, October 1.

It starts at 8am and admission is free.

Organiser Sensei Joseph Thomas said the event was aimed at reviving the sport in Nelson Mandela Bay and especially in the Northern Areas.

Participants in both Kata (style) and Kumite (fighting) will be from three to 18 years of age, as well as “those of us in the senior division,” Thomas said.

“We are expecting karatekas from Port Elizabeth townships, the Northern Areas, Westering, Despatch and KwaNobuhle and KwaLanga in Uitenhage,” said the fourth dan black belt sensei of the KwaNoxolo Shotokan Karate Club.

Thomas looks after 60 members at his gym, from as young as four years.

“We urge clubs to contact me to register for participation before the date. We know clubs are practising for this day and would appreciate it if they afford the young ones an opportunity to participate,” Thomas said, adding that their main aim was to attract more young people to the sport to cut down on them loitering in the streets with idle minds.

“We want to keep the youth of Nelson Mandela Bay busy in sport and not in drugs and crime,” he said.

He said admission was free to attract more people to the tournament and the sport.

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