Japanese karate maestro impressed with high standard

2015-05-21 06:00
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Japan’s two-time world karate champion Manabu Murakami (centre) with Hanshi Sonny Pillay (left) and senior instructors at the 2015 Kanazawa Cup held in Durban.

Photo: supplied Japan’s two-time world karate champion Manabu Murakami (centre) with Hanshi Sonny Pillay (left) and senior instructors at the 2015 Kanazawa Cup held in Durban.

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JAPAN’S two-time world karate champion Manabu Murakami, who witnessed the action at the SKISA Annual Kanazawa Cup, expressed delight at the high technical standard on display by participants throughout the competition.

“I am impressed with the technical improvement of the SKISA fighters and the large turnout of competitors and spectators at this year’s event,” said Master Murakami (chief instructor of Kanazawa’s SKIF worldwide organisation).

The Kanazawa Cup, hosted by the SKISA karate organisation for the past 15 years, attracted a record entry with karate fighters from all over the country converging on Durban’s shores.

SKISA dominated all the team events culminating in the thrilling team final in the senior category between Team SKISA and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The large crowd were privy to some entertaining karate which was won (3-2) by captain Njabulo Khumalo and his SKISA team under the guidance­ of Protea coach, sensei Brando Pillay.

Tournament director Hanshi Sonny Pillay said that the competition showcased some of South Africa’s top tournament fighters in the battle of the “best of the best”.

“The 2015 Kanazawa Cup is a forerunner to the SKIF Kanazawa World Championship that is scheduled for August­ 2016 in Indonesia and thus the high standard of performance by our SKISA top fighters impact positively on our team’s chances of being amongst the medals chase.” said Pillay.

CEO of Karate South Africa Carlos Vilela paid glowing tribute to the SKISA. He said: “SKISA is a major player in the national federation of karate in our country regularly producing Proteas and national champions.”

Proteas coach Brando Pillay was elated with the overall improvement of his fighters and added that this augurs well for his SKISA fighters in the Africa Zone 6 Karate Championship to be held later in the year.

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