Shihan Skosana gifts karate kids inspiration

2018-03-01 06:00
Members of the Inter-Township Goju Ry Karate met at Thusong Centre last week to get tips from internationally respected sensei Shihan Humphrey Skosana.

Members of the Inter-Township Goju Ry Karate met at Thusong Centre last week to get tips from internationally respected sensei Shihan Humphrey Skosana.

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Young karate students watched in awe as the internationally acclaimed Shihan Humphrey Skosana shared and displayed his skills at the Thusong Centre in Khayelitsha on Saturday.

Shihan Skosana is the president and chief instructor at the Nihon Goju Ryu Karate Do Kuyu Kai International (NGKKI) and holds a 6th Dan grading.

Skosana started the Goju Ryu Karate in 1979 under Sensei Sydney Zwane and Cecil Mokoena and later continued his training and attended seminars in Japan.

He told the youngsters about the importance of preserving “karate as a form of self-defense”.

“A trained karateka is able to co-ordinate the mind and body perfectly, thereby allowing the unleashing of tremendous physical at will,” said Skosana.

He urged the young karatekas to listen to their sensei and never use their skill to bully others.

The event was attend by clubs from Nyanga, Gugulethu, Langa, Crossroads, Delft and three others from Khayelitsha called Khaya Dojo, Eyethu and Thusong.

After a hard and stimulating training session, Skosana announced that Shihan Emmanuel Dyantyi had been appointed as the Western Cape chief instructor.

Skosana said he believed that Shihan Dyantyi and other fellow instructors will take the art of karate to greater heights.

“All inter-township dojos have immense potential to develop and I hope you will be part of that exciting challenge,” he said.

Other instructors include sensei Monde Sisusa, Simphiwe Mankayi, Khayalethu Dywili, Monwabisi Njomba, Mthandazo Beda, Thembelani Figlan, Simphiwe Mpekula, Eric Twala and Bongani Memani.

Njomba said the launch of Goju Ryu Karate will help towship dojos to develop and grow the love of the sport.

“It’s just great to see a huge karate body led by African.

Shihan Skosana has earned his stripes and we are keen to follow him to the top,” said Njomba.

He further said this was a dawn of a new era where township Karate will have self determination.

Sensei Thembelani Figlan also hailed Skosana a “humble hero and a fine teacher”.

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