Karate club wins

2017-10-17 06:00
The four winners at the African championship from the Cape Town Tang Soo Do Club in Keniworth are, from left, Igor Pimentel, Wendy Parry and Diouf Papa. In front is Zadie Prince.PHOTO: nomzamo yuku

The four winners at the African championship from the Cape Town Tang Soo Do Club in Keniworth are, from left, Igor Pimentel, Wendy Parry and Diouf Papa. In front is Zadie Prince.PHOTO: nomzamo yuku

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Four martial arts students of a Kenilworth-based club flew their club’s flag at an African championship in Pretoria on Saturday 7 ­October.

They participated in different categories and brought home six medals and four belt promotions.

They competed against 150 other martial arts students from South Africa, Botswana and ­Mozambique.

The participants from the Cape Town Tang Soo Do club are Zadie Prince (9), Igor Pimentel (16), Wendy Parry and Diouf Papa.

Club instructor Evandro Schwalbach says the journey was not easy and the club could have done much better if it had enough finances. He says the city has potential in martial arts but it needs people who are keen to support and promote it.

He says he hopes with the medals received by his students they will be able to attract sponsorships and the interest of community ­members.

He congratulates his students on their achievement and ­commitment.

Schwalbach says his students train twice a week and have to follow the disciplinary rules of the academy.

“I am very happy to see our hard work paying off. It was not really easy to prepare and take these students to this competition. I would have loved to take all 25 students, but we did not have money.

“Each of them has shown commitment and it would have worked in their advantage to participate. There is a lot to learn from these competitions, including self-respect and respect for others.

“Martial arts instil discipline and help them stay focused,” says Schwalbach.

Zadie says winning a gold medal and getting a green belt for sparring and forms make her feel like a real champion.

She says she has learned a lot and is looking forward to improving her technique.

Zadie also won at a national women’s unity championship held in Rondebosch earlier this year (“Nine-year-old takes home tang soo do gold”, People’s Post , 5 May).

In the recent competition Parry won a bronze medal in the weapons category and says it means a lot to her as she put in a lot of effort to prepare for the competition. She says she like tang soo do because it teaches her values and respect and has positive benefits for her physical and emotional wellbeing.

Igor won three bronze medals for sparring, open hand forms and weapons.

Papa was promoted from a white belt to a black belt.

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