Giving competion the chop

2018-10-02 06:00
Kenwyn students pose for a picture with Sensei Morio Higoanna, the holder of the Okinawa Prefecture Designated Intangible Cultural Property. Back row from left: Damian Fisher, Chris Williams, Yusuf Appleby and Mario Krynauw. Front: Kamal Hamdulay, Morio Higoanna, Chantel de Beer and Taqee Appleby.

Kenwyn students pose for a picture with Sensei Morio Higoanna, the holder of the Okinawa Prefecture Designated Intangible Cultural Property. Back row from left: Damian Fisher, Chris Williams, Yusuf Appleby and Mario Krynauw. Front: Kamal Hamdulay, Morio Higoanna, Chantel de Beer and Taqee Appleby.

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A group of youths and adults from Kenwyn Martial Arts Centre in Lansdowne were among 17 000 participants from across the world to participate in the annual World Karate and Kobudo Championships hosted in Japan last month.

The local team gathered in the city of Okinawa, the birthplace of karate, and competed in the Okinawa karate kaikan and Okinawa budokan categories.

“This was the largest tournament organised by the Okinawa prefecture. At the sacred birthplace of karate, practitioners and enthusiasts from across the world came together to build strong friendships and connections, and told the world about martial arts as a form of peace,” explains Kamal Hamdulay, the club’s chief instructor­.

Hamdulay says he is extremely proud of his team for showing off their skills at the international competition, and congratulated Kenwyn resident Chantel de Beer for reaching the quarter-finals of the karate division, as well as Sensei Jannie le Grange for reaching the quarter-finals of the kobudo (Okinawan weapons) division.

He urged locals to join the sport as a form of self-confidence and self-defence, and to take any opportunity to travel across the world in order to improve their skills and knowledge, like the event in question­.

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