Dojo misses out on a tournament

2018-03-01 06:00
The Gugulethu Karate Club members are ready to fight but lack funds to go to tournament. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

The Gugulethu Karate Club members are ready to fight but lack funds to go to tournament. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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The Gugulethu Kyokushin Karate club has a group of fighters ready to make their mark at the Mothlasane Cup tournament taking place this weekend in Klerksdorp.

But because they lack funding they are most likely to twiddle their thumps while their counterparts go into combat.

This is one of many realities that sporting clubs in less affluent areas, this according to the Gugs sensei leads to losing great talent.

Sensei Stanley Chapunza said that it appeared that they are yet to miss out on another competition because of a lack of funds.

“We do have a few people that assist us such as Shihan Bas van Stenis but we need more people to help with the funding for these guys to compete with others.

We would really love to go to this fight to show that we are able and have completed well and obtaining in other events,” he said.

Champunza said he had hoped to send 8 of his best fighters to the event but at R1600 per person for travel and accommodation their club juts does not have that the finances to pay for the trip.

Champunza is fresh from competing in Indonesia where he was knocked out in the quarter final of a tournament with 52 competitors.

He said that lack of funds was a very big demoralizer in their team. “Our kids come in and out because of a lack of support. They do not have garments, no head gear and other protective clothing. At events we often have to borrow from our competitors,” he said.

The club has more than 30 members with children as a young as 5 years old. He said that apart from him having participated in seven world tournaments the youngsters have also fared well in local competitions receiving podium finishes.

Champundza said that teaching the youngsters more benefits than just good fighting skills. “The first thing they learn is discipline that is a very important. We also help them with physical fitness, self defence and day to day life skills,” he said.

Champundza has urged any good Samaritan that can help them reach Klerksdorp to email him on maputichapunza@gmail.com or call him on 72 672 5895.

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