Rewarded with medal haul

2017-10-19 06:01
Frank Brandon head of the Goju Kai Hombu Dojo with his teamsome of whom won medals in Canada last month.PHOTO: Hans Moolman

Frank Brandon head of the Goju Kai Hombu Dojo with his teamsome of whom won medals in Canada last month.PHOTO: Hans Moolman

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Frank Brandon, the head of the Goju Kai Hombu Dojo (karate school) reckons they have the Sports Performance Centre (SPC) at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) to thank for their recent astonishing 36 medal haul at the Karate Do Goju Kai World Tournament held in Vancouver, Canada in late September.

This included 10 golds, 9 silvers and 17 bronze medals. The Goju Kai Hombu Dojo, based in Mowbray, Cape Town, has rewritten the record books by winning the most medals from one Dojo in the history of this competition.

The 2017 World Tournament, which first took place in 1993, saw competitors from 28 countries competing in 4 different disciplines- Kumite, Kata, Team kata and Bunkai.

The SSISA SPC unit, headed by Dr Mike Posthumus, and strength and conditioning specialist and biokineticist, Rodet Yila, conducted SPC strength and conditioning sessions in preparation for the World Championships and offered valuable guidance.

Extremely proud of his team’s achievements, Frank Brandon described these sessions as “the secret weapon that enabled our athletes to reach this level and awarded the best worldwide, outside of Japan. The training was tough, yet rewarding.”

Goju Kai has also been teaching in the townships of Cape Town since 1968 where Peter Brandon, Frank Brandon’s father, started his first Dojo in the Zolani centre in Nyanga.

Brandon used to sneak into the townships for more than 20 years, as it was against the law to teach there during the apartheid years.

Almost half a century later, there are more than 20 karate schools in 6 different townships, teaching more than 500 students.

The Brandon family runs 2 NPO’s; the African Warriors of Light Foundation, which funds under-privileged students with training, transport and contributions to educational bursaries and the Gojukai Cultural Events NPO; which helps to fund local and international and cultural exchange programmes for students, such as the Vancouver World Tournament.

Athletes assisted by the NPO’s all received medals in Vancouver for their excellent performances with Anathi Kalipa receiving 1 gold and 1 silver, Kanya Gwabeni (3 gold), Sipho Pokolo (5 bronze), Ncumisa Plum (1 bronze) and Dewaldt van Rooi (2 gold and 2 bronze) medals.

Frank Brandon is following in his father’s footsteps, and has been teaching most of these students from the tender age of four years. He devotes himself to the development of Cape Town’s youth, using karate as a vehicle to promote honour, respect and loyalty. With hard work and dedication, you can excel in the ancient art of karate.

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