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2018-02-01 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedTeam SKISA looking forward to the regional, provincial and KSA tournaments ahead.

PHOTO: suppliedTeam SKISA looking forward to the regional, provincial and KSA tournaments ahead.

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TEAM SKISA got into top gear under Protea head coach Brando Pillay this week end at the Tongaat Sports Centre in preparing for the forthcoming KSA Regional eThekwini Championships.

The current SKISA national squad interspersed with several Proteas and KZN caps emerged fighting fit after a gruelling week end coaching seminar especially given Durban’s high summer temperatures.

The seasoned coach Pillay focussed on the WKF new changes in the tournament rules and techniques given that karate for the first time ever will be included in the World Youth Olympics later this year to be hosted in Argentina.

“I am overly impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of this current squad of tournament karate fighters especially given that they have just returned from the holiday period,” said Pillay.

“The strong spirit shown by the members of the said squad augurs well for success at the tournaments that are coming fast and furiously during the next three weeks. Moreover I remain optimistic if our current SKISA champions (karateka) stay focussed they certainly will reap the rewards in terms of podium finishes,” concluded Pillay who currently serves as the technical convenor of the province KZN and KSA the national fed.

“The karate loving public are invited to encourage their children at the eThekwini regionals as tournament returns to the north coast town of Tongaat at the end of Feburary,” said Leo Cuitto, tournament director of Karate KZN and KSA.

Sonny Pillay Hanshi chief instructor of SKISA who attended the coaching seminar was also upbeat about the year ahead.

“Karate is now an Olympic sport hence the sport is growing in leaps and bounds and I therefore urge all parents to engage their children in karate practice as the benefits are tenfold,” said the grandmaster Pillay Hanshi who celebrated 50 years in the karate field as the current President of Karate South Africa.

“As karate is now an integral part of the Olympic family every child can now dream the Olympic dream in respect of their karate careers provided they are members of the provincial body Karate KZN and subsequently KSA the national fed,” said the 67 year old karate legend Pillay Hanshi.

“Parents must be made aware that there are bogus so called instructors in the karate field who are operating outside the perimeters of the provincial and national structure grossly misleading the public often with fraudulent qualifications and my appeal therefore to parents is to engage with the Karate KZN administration in respect of WKF karate before enrolling their children for karate classes.”

The KSA president further added, “The fact of the matter is sadly with respect to WKF karate failure to enrol children into officially recognised karate clubs under the Karate KSA KZN banner will result in your child being deprived of official provincial KZN national Protea colours and official international participation under the WKF banner.”

For all karate inquiries parents may call the chairman of Karate KSA KZN Ben Mare (Shihan) on 082 354 4535, 082 557 7784 or email presi dent@karate–sa.org

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