Karate teacher passes on technique

2020-03-04 06:04
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Elvis Soobramoney is passionate about Karate as a sport.PHOTO: supplied

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Elvis Soobramoney is passionate about Karate as a sport.PHOTO: supplied

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CURRENTLY running “Kyokushinkai-Kan” training sessions in the hall at the Protea grounds, retired Lieutenant Colonel Elvis Soobramoney firmly believes that the technique instills self discipline in an individual and for him, it has helped maintain strong links with the schools of his former students in various townships headed by ‘Shihan’ Sipho Ndlovu.

According to Soobramoney, “Kyokushinkai-Kan” is an internationally renowned style known for its full contact during training sessions and competitions; and ‘Shihan’ is a Japanese term that is used in many Japanese martial arts as a title for expert or senior instructors. It can also be translated to “master instructor”. The use of the term is specific to a school or organisation.

Soobramoney’s wife, Hazel said her husband’s passion for karate started at the age of 9 in 1965.

“His enthusiasm for karate continues to this day, 54 years later. He mastered the style professionally and it became a way of life for Shihan Elvis,” said Soobramoney, adding that in 1982, her husband initiated the Midlands Karate School at Eddels Sports and Social Club.

Lieutenant Colonel Soobramoney joined the SAPS at the Loop Street police Station in 1981 and in 1985, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and transferred to Mountain Rise Uniform Branch where he performed duties of a court sergeant.

“In 1986, he was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer and was the Branch Commander of the Enquiry Department until 1987,” said his wife.

Amongst the many promotions, the former SAPS member was also promoted to the rank of Captain in 1995. In 2011 he was named Major and retired in November 2016.

Because of the Soobramoney’s love for athletics, in July 2019, they were recipients of the prestigious Sports Veterans Association awards in Pietermaritzburg.

Recently, the former SAPS member achieved his sixth dan at the three-day AKI Honbu competition in Cape Town.

Acknowledging with respect and gratitudde, those who taught him karate. He spreads the Kyokushinkai technique in Heather Secondary School and in areas such as Sobantu Village, Imbali, Sweetwaters and Howick.

One of his late students Nathe Khuluse was afforded the opportunity of travelling to Japan to train under the grand master Mas Oyama.

“His enthusiasm for karate continues to this day, 54 years later.”

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