Kyokushinkaikan karate tourney

2015-06-04 06:01
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Winners and their certificates and medals.

Photo: omega moagi Winners and their certificates and medals.

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THE first Ugu Kyokushinkaikan Karate Tournament in the Uvongo hall on Saturday was a display of courage, discipline and humility, with about 300 fighters from all provinces participating. The apparent passion and enthusiasm in fighters’ eyes could not be missed as they went through their paces.

Sensei Bongani Gumede of the International Karate Organisation (IKO), a karateka for more than 30 years, said he was proud to see the development in students and officials in the sport as they built respect, friendship, education and health through karate. In her speech organiser Asanda Akoon encouraged­ fighters to use the sport to overcome­ their inward fears as fear is one of the weaknesses that strengthens their opponents, she said.

Thabo Nxumalo came first in junior kata and Andile Manci and Thabane Nombambo took away the senior’s cup and will compete in the next round in Cape Town next week. Other worthy winners were Thalente Cele (under 55kgs), Zanele Gumede (under 17kgs), Portia Majola (runner-up under 17kgs), Lusanda­ Cele (under 15kgs), Khonzokuhle Machi (runner-up under 15kgs ) and Nkanyiso Thushini (runner-up open division).


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