Sponsored kit reason to smile

2017-05-25 06:00
Karateka from the Langa Dojo in their new gear donated by Belmet Marine Company.

Karateka from the Langa Dojo in their new gear donated by Belmet Marine Company.

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The recent donation of karate apparel will boost the morale of young members of the Karate Dojo of Langa.

This is after they received the much needed suits and everything else karate.

Belmet Marine made the donation and the handover took place over the weekend.

The dojo has about 50 odd members.

Sansei Buntu Mpetsheni said he hopes that the gifts are going to boost interest in the youngsters in the team.

“We hope this will show them that there are people who are willing to help as the sport needs a lot of funding. We received fighting suits, shin guards, breast guards and gloves. All of these are a bit expensive for the young guys.

So we hope they can now focus on the sport,” he said.

He said that the new kits will help the young ones get used to competitive fighting as they are often required to wear such during tournaments and thats the only time they wear them.

Belmet Marine Managing Director Pieter Kroon said that the donation was part of their annual program where funds are raised to assist sports clubs, schools or deserving individuals.

“We had our annual charity event where the Langa Karate Club was suggested by a client. They are now one of the organisations that we support, including the Houtbay Music School and the Ikhwezi Cricket Club.

This is not a once off donation but our aim is to have a long term relationship, where we support and can see the improvement in the club,” he said.

Kroon said they hoped their support would lead to the success of the youngsters.

“We hope to make a difference where even if one of them excels and achieves success,”.

The club was established more than 20 years ago.

Mpetsheni has be head coach for about four years now.

He said lack of funds and inadequate facilities was their biggest challenge.

“We are currently renting out a hall and are required to pay every time we use it. We can’t use the local sports and recreation facilities as they are shared with other sporting codes. This doesn’t bode well for karate as it needs focus, so we need space that can accommodate us,” he said.

He said that the locals need to learn about the benefits of martial arts and why they are important for a young person.

“Karate is an international sport, so when a person becomes a member, they get a second family of sorts where they can meet people from all over the world.

It also gives a child the focus and purpose.

“It is not just about fighting. A child also learns things like setting goals, being on time and discipline. All these traits will help them as they grow into an adult,” he said.

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