Medal record for local karate kids

2017-10-24 06:01
These students of a karate school in Mowbray won the most medals at the Karate Do Goju Kai World Tournament held in Canada earlier this month.

These students of a karate school in Mowbray won the most medals at the Karate Do Goju Kai World Tournament held in Canada earlier this month.

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A Mowbray karate school scooped 36 medals at a Karate Do Goju Kai World Tournament held in Canada earlier this month.

Goju Kai Hombu Dojo students competed against 28 other countries and they rewrote the records of the annual competition by winning the most medals this year.

They won 10 gold, nine silver and 17 bronze medals in four different categories, namely fighting, pre-arranged ancient forms, team kata and bunkai.

The winners are Khanya Gwabeni, Dewaldt van Rooi, Ridah Parker, Anathi Kalipa, Elijah Botha, Ben Prinsloo, Adin Cloete, Hililane Vavare, Glen Foo, Jihad Dollie, Damon Botha, Sipho Pokolo, Megan Bowers, Ammarah Hendricks, Ncumisa Plum, Sabine Ellis and Robn Lakey.

The school has been run by the Brandon family under the wings of two non-profit organisations, the African Warriors of Light Foundation and the Gojukai Cultural Events NPO.

The NPO helps provide training and pay the costs of its members in the sport while the other focuses on raising funds and promoting the organisation.

The school currently has 120 members from around Cape Town.

Instructor Frank Brandon says they are humbled by their achievement and proud of the hardworking students who do not only see karate as a defence tool but also as a way of life which instils values that help them achieve their goals from a young age.

He says winning the most medals proved that South Africa has amazing talent that needs to be nourished and embraced in the world.

He says it is important for children to participate in the art of karate because it instils discipline and respect, not only for others but also for yourself. It can also be used as a tool to increase a child’s confidence and strengthen his body.

Brandon encourages youngsters: “No matter where you come from or what your financial status is – as long as you work hard towards your next level, never give up and always behave with honour, loyalty and respect, anyone can excel.

“To be part of this multifaceted worldwide family which celebrates diversity and our different cultures is truly special.”

Franco Botha, parent of one of the winners, says he is proud of the achievement of the school. He is grateful to the instructors for their hard work. He says if it was not for the Brandons it would not have been possible for their children to reach this level.

“They make it possible for every parent to take their children to the competition. We make little contributions towards their costs and the Brandons take care of the rest,” explains Botha.

He says the Brandons do not just train their children but go beyond it.

Botha says: “My son has been part of the school since he was eight and I can say that the school teaches discipline and that karate is not just a sport but a journey that can take you far in life. It does not only help with physical wellbeing but mentally and spiritually as well.”

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