After eight years of dedication and hard work, Brady Brown has been awarded national colours for karate. The 15-year-old from Kensington now plans to open his own dojo at his home next year. He is currently receiving leadership training at Karate-Zen in Goodwood.Brown received his Protea colours at the Karate South Africa (KSA) Protea Awards Ceremony after winning a bronze medal at the KSA Elite Championship for Cadet Boys in the u.15 (70kg) category in Durban in July. He’s currently second best in the country in his age and weight division.Some of his achievements include a bronze medal at the 18th Africa Union Sports Council Region Five Karate Federation Championship held in Swakopmund in Namibia on Saturday 25 May. He competed in the Cadet Boys u.15 (70kg) category.At the KSA Cape Town Championship held at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, he won a bronze medal in the junior boys’ u.17 (68kg) category.Obtaining national colours made Brady realise that nothing is impossible if you focus and work hard.Brady is currently in Grade 9 at Kensington High School. He hopes to successfully juggle his studies and running the dojo.He says he’s positive he’d be able to make a success of both. “They (school and sport) are both important to me and I usually take a few weeks off from karate to focus on my studies before the examinations start,” Brady says.His long-term dream is to become the best karateka in Africa and to hone the skills of talented karatekas from his community.“I am hoping to get sponsorships and to work with people from my community to make this a success. There is not much of inspiration for the youth (in Kensington) and I would like to change that,” says Brady.His dad is one of his biggest supporters. “As a family, we will assist him to make his dream come true.“He believes he’ll find a new karate world champion in Kensington,” concludes Llewellyn Brown, Brady’s father. V For more information or to support Brady, visit Brady Brown “The Beast” on Facebook or brady_scorpion.king on Instagram.