Karatekas in a local face-off

2017-03-09 06:00
Shihan Bas van Stenis with Clayton Gordon from Mitchels Plain, Sindile Madla from City Vision and Siphelo Phahlele from Langa. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Shihan Bas van Stenis with Clayton Gordon from Mitchels Plain, Sindile Madla from City Vision and Siphelo Phahlele from Langa. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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In a bid to promote the martial art of karate in the townships the Langa and Gugulethu Kyokushin Club hosted a development tournament.

On Saturday 4 March karatekas from the local club, Mitchell’s Plain, Ruyterwacht, Belhar, Khayelitsha and Greenpoint faced off at the Langa Sport and Recreation Hall.

The competitors were as young as six years old and organisors say they were happy to bring the games to the townships.

The games were hosted by local Senseis Nwabi Jiya and Stanley Chapunza with the aim to spark an interest in locals.

“We would like to see more of the locals joining our classes and taking up karate as a sport. Today’s event is about getting these guys interested and seeing that locals can also compete with other from the outside,” said Jiya.

The club currently has 35 members from Langa and 36 from Gugulethu, for Jiya this is not enough, she believes that more people should get acquainted with the benefits of martial arts.

“Some of the benefits of karate is that one learns the ability to defend themselves, it teaches discipline and brings a sense of safety as we.

We want to advertise our clubs more so that a lot of people can see what we do. Otherwise this was a good event and everyone fun,” she said.

One of the bout winners is 19-year-old Siphelo Phahlele from the N2 Gateway in Langa says he took up the sports for self defense five years ago and never looked back.

“It can be quite a violent world so I took up karate to protect myself and my family. So fara I have enjoyed it. The competition today was good even though it was quote active,” he said.

Phahlele said that his aim was to improve his skilled and rise up the ranks,

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