Nine-year-old takes home tang soo do gold

2017-05-09 06:01
The cup winners at the tang soo do martial arts championship were, from left, David Gobyieza, Kabang Mokola, Zadie Prince and Danielle Coetzee.

The cup winners at the tang soo do martial arts championship were, from left, David Gobyieza, Kabang Mokola, Zadie Prince and Danielle Coetzee.

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A nine-year-old girl from Cape Town shone above her national girl competitors and brought home the women’s cup colour belt prize and a gold medal from this year’s national tang soo do unity championship held in Rondebosch on Saturday 29 April.

Zadie Prince (9) says she is happy for her win because she worked hard to prepare for the competition.

She says: “I am happy about winning the trophy. I worked hard and practised regularly. At the championship I remembered that I had to do everything really fast against my opponents. I want to carry on working hard and get a black belt by the time I am 12 years old.”

The championship was hosted by the Cape Town Tang Soo Do martial arts club at Golden Grove Primary School for the first time. The competition included traditional open hand forms, traditional weapon forms, sparring, sword sparring and creative weapon forms.

The Kenilworth-based club participated with a team of 11 students, achieving a total of seven gold medals, 10 silver medals and 11 bronze medals.

About 55 competitors between the ages of three and 55 years participated. Evandro Schwalbach, the championship director and a dan instructor who is also the owner of the martial arts club, says participants came from as far as Rustenburg, Pretoria and Botswana.

“This invitation demonstrated the spirit of unity and brotherhood between all Korean styles in South Africa. Special mention goes to Zadie who was awarded as the women’s cup winner for the colour belts.”

Other winners were Kabang Mokola (7), who won the men’s prize for the colour belts, Danielle Coetzee (20), who won the women’s black belt cup, and David Gobyieza (28), who was the men’s black belt cup winner.

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