Karate world champion hosts free workshop in Tongaat

2017-05-11 06:03
 Photo: andile sitholeSenior karatekas train children at a karate workshop in Tongaat Indoor Sport Centre on April 28.

Photo: andile sitholeSenior karatekas train children at a karate workshop in Tongaat Indoor Sport Centre on April 28.

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THE Japanese world karate champion Manabu Murakami in conjunction with Skisa Trust conducted a free training development workshop for children from previously disadvantaged communities at the Tongaat Indoor Sport Centre on April 28.

The aim of the workshop was to encourage children from previously disadvantaged communities to become interested in karate.

Murakami, 8th dan black belt, equipped the children with various fighting skills.

Speaking to the Weekly, he said he was ecstatic that karate is now an Olympic sport.

“This is very good for the future of karate and the sport is recognised by many countries around the world.

“Many young people become more motivated.

“The Olympics is a big stage for everyone. I therefore encourage those who wish to become champions to train hard.

“Training is important, I always say to the children, if you want to be a champion, before you sleep you have to visualise being a champion, so people­ must understand what they want to achieve and must have a dream.”

SA Karate president Sonny Pillay Hanshi said Skisa Trust constantly conducts social outreach programmes to improve the quality of life among the youth from the less fortunate communities.

“It’s focus is centred around children from informal settlements.

“The gesture of the Japanese world champion is important in its nature as given the fact that he [Murakami­] is a world renowned karate­ master who conducts free development­ workshops for local youth who are economically challenged.”

Ward councillor Dolly Munien said workshops of this nature must be encouraged in the community.

She thanked Skisa and Murakami for conducting free workshops for the less fortunate children in her ward.


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