All joys for local karateka

2019-10-29 06:01
These karateka are now catching up with their studies. From left are Miengaah Hendricks, Rania Gamieldien and Nurah Moerat.

These karateka are now catching up with their studies. From left are Miengaah Hendricks, Rania Gamieldien and Nurah Moerat.

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The Kensington Karate School at Shawco continues to flourish, with accomplishments raining on its members.

As the school was still celebrating the success of three of its karateka who participated in the fifth World Goju Ryu Karate Federation Championships held at the Titiwangsa Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, sensei Tharwah Hendricks passed her black belt grading on Saturday 19 October at Kraaifontein civic centre. She is now a third dan.

Tharwah was also one of the esteemed referees at the championships from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September.

The school is proud of all of their karateka, especially the trio, Nurah Moerat (9), Miengaah Hendricks (13), and Rania Gamieldien (13) who excelled in the u.13 categories, bringing home a bronze medal as a team, topped with gold won by Nurah. She won it as part of the national girls’ u.10 Kumite team. They were selected to be part of the national team last year, after excelling at the Africa Goju Ryu championships and trials.

Tharwah says the team worked hard to get where it is. She says they trained five times a week, working with different experts. Lilian Kattan, the president of the Africa Goju Ryu Karate Federation; and the vice president of the World Goju Ryu Karate Federation, was one of the trainers.

“These are very big achievements for us, especially considering that we trained with minimum resources, and come from an underprivileged community. I am very proud,” Tharwah says.

She finds it easy to work with the girls as she describes them as being hungry for success. She plans to take them to the next world championship taking place in 2021. But, they will have to compete in all competitions leading up to the champs.

Rania competed at an international level for the first time. She describes her experience as exciting, but overwhelming.

“Our division was big, and the competition was tough, but we learned a lot from everyone there,” she says.

Meanwhile, Miengaah says: “It was extremely nerve-wracking at first because we were competing on the world stage, but I remembered what my sensei and coach said: ‘give it your best and have fun’ – and that is what I did, and I had a very good experience.”

They thanked everyone who helped them make the trip a reality. They had launched a fundraising campaign one month before their departure and they received a R9 000 donation.

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