eThekwini championships a major success in Tongaat

2018-02-22 06:01
PHOTO: SuppliedKarate eThekwini Regional Tournament cadet boys’ U15 division.

PHOTO: SuppliedKarate eThekwini Regional Tournament cadet boys’ U15 division.

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THE Tongaat Town Hall was abuzz when several top karate fighters from the eThekwini region converged in and around the famous landmark recently for the eThekwini championships.

The tournament delivered spills, chills and thrills throughout the day’s event, often keeping the spectators on their toes in support of the local champions. A record crowd of both spectators and karatekas packed the hall to capacity, with the chairperson of Karate KZN, Ben Mare Shihan, and national karate president (KSA) Sonny Pillay Hanshi as chief guests.

Pillay delivered the keynote address during which he stressed the importance of parents ensuring that they enrol their children in clubs that are in the mainstream of karate. “Parents, do your homework before engaging your children in karate practise as there are bogus so-called karate instructors with dubious qualifications,”Pillay said.

KSA tournament director Leo Cuitto said: “The sugar town of Tongaat will soon be gearing up for the Karate KZN Provincial Championships in two weeks from now.”

Technical convenor Brando Pillay expressed his delight at the high standard of karate that was on display throughout the championships. “There is huge talent in the eThekwini region and that augurs well for the future of the sport,” Pillay said.

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