Medals galore for Jarryd at world karate champs

2017-07-12 06:00
Jarryd Behr brought home seven medals from the WJKA World Championship which took place in the Netherlands from June 28 to July 2.Photo:ERWEE TIRAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Jarryd Behr brought home seven medals from the WJKA World Championship which took place in the Netherlands from June 28 to July 2.Photo:ERWEE TIRAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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LOCAL karate enthusiast, Jarryd Behr, brought home an impressive collection of medals after representing South Africa at the sixth annual WJKA World Championship in the Netherlands which took place from June 28 to July 2.

Behr, a Grade 4 learner at Sunridge Primary School, is a karateka at Titan Karate in Port Elizabeth under the guidance of Sensei Erwee Tiran.

Last year Behr and his parents faced the daunting task of raising the R60 000 it cost him and his father, Jeff, to attend the tournament.

In addition to searching for sponsors, Behr started selling 3D karate-themed cards for R40 to raise the funds.

His mother, Sharon, taught him how to make interesting and creative cards, as she had been doing it herself for years. He also made and sold necklaces and bracelets.

In the end, he did not receive any company sponsors, but got five items to raffle.

Behr also gave up school sport for six months, according to his mother, to concentrate only on karate.

“He practised four days a week, entered numerous competitions on Saturdays and did SA team training.

“The months leading up to the championships had not been all smooth sailing, while Jarryd ended up in trauma with a back injury,” Sharon said.

The effort turned out to be well worth it. After entering eight divisions in the WJKA World Championship, Behr managed to bring home a total of seven medals, four silver and three bronze.

“This is a huge achievement for such a young man and Jarryd has made South Africa, his team and karate club very proud,” said Sharon Behr.

“Hard work, determination and the support of family and friends has made this happen for Jarryd.

“He said this has been his dream from the age of five and the lessons in life he has learned from this journey are priceless.”

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