Gugs karate club pleads for funds

2019-10-03 06:01
Members of Gugulethu Kyokushin Union Karate Club after the tournament where some of them won trophies.

Members of Gugulethu Kyokushin Union Karate Club after the tournament where some of them won trophies.

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Members of Gugulethu Kyokushin Union Karate Club in Gugulethu were on cloud nine after they won 12 trophies in a Kyokushinakan National Karate Tournament held at DF Malan high school in Bellville on Saturday 21 September.

There were 14 members in total from the club who participated in the tournament and only two were defeated.

They won on various divisions including six to seven, eight to nine, 10 to 11, 12 to 13 and 14 to 15 years old.

The club instructor Stanley Chapunza praised his boys for showing great character during the tournament.

He said they were not representing the club only also the community at large.

“We worked very hard preparing for the tournament. We wanted to win everything. My boys did exactly what I told them to do. They focused to the game till the end,” said Chapunza.

He said the age groups of their members starts at five years upwards.

“The aim is to take the children from the streets and instil discipline in them,” he said.

However, he complained about the lack of support for the sport. “We are struggling to get sponsors from outside and that limit our chances to participate on bigger stages. Most of my teammates only perform around the province because of lack of funds,” he said

He is the only member of the club that has performed internationally. He stated that if they can get enough sponsors they will be able to perform in Europe.

Anyone who would like to assist the club can call Stanley Chaounza on 072 672 5895.

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