Local karateka wins world championship

2016-08-18 06:00
<At the back from left are Jaco van Staden (Chief Instructor; Gold Team Kata; Silver Team Kumite), Nazeefah Sookdin (Bronze Team Kata), Stephan Terblanche (Instructor; Gold Men’s Open Kumite; Gold Team Kata; Silver Team Kumite), Daniel van der Merwe (Bronze Kata; Silver Team Kata; Bronze Team Kumite). Front from left Eshaan Prag (Gold Kata; Bronze Kumite; Gold Team Kata; Bronze Team Kumite), Pieter van der Smit (Silver Kumite; Gold Team Kata), Ethan Bothma (Gold Kata; Bronze Kumite; Silver Team Kata), Lionel “Junior” Martin (Gold Kata; Bronze Kumite; Gold Team Kata) Juané van Zyl (Gold Kumite) Photo: SUPPLIED

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Students from L&J Karate Academy in Uitenhage competed at the 8th Japan Shotokan Karate Association (JSKA) World Karate Championships hosted in Swakopmund, Namibia.

In total 14 countries competed at the event with more than 300 competitors competing and more than 1 000 divisions run over the two-day period. A highlight of the event was when L&J Karate student Stephan Terblanche won the Men’s Open Kumite final beating the current JSKA World Champion, and local Namibian favourite, De Wet Moolman.

In total 9 students represented L&J Karate Academy at the international event and a total of 22 medals were brought back to the Eastern Cape

To find out more about the event or L&J Karate Academy contact Jaco van Staden (082 9040 374) or Linda van Staden (082 883 1818).

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