A first on African continent

2016-09-15 06:00
At the Shotokan World Championships (from left) World Grandmaster Hirokazu Kanazawa, Nobuaki Kanazawi and Sonny Pillay. Photo: supplied.

At the Shotokan World Championships (from left) World Grandmaster Hirokazu Kanazawa, Nobuaki Kanazawi and Sonny Pillay. Photo: supplied.

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KARATE South Africa Ugu region has extended their congratulations to karate legend Sonny Pillay Hanshi for being bestowed with eighth Dan black belt by the Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (SKIF) recently. The accolade was conferred on Pillay by Japan’s World Grandmaster Hirokazu Kanazawa (10th) Dan.

Sensei Frank Moodley of KSA Ugu said this is a remarkable achievement by Pillay. “We congratulate Hanshi Pillay and we wish him all the best,” said Sensei Moodley. Pillay who has regularly conducted development workshops on the South Coast is the first and the only eighth Dan SKIF black belt to be graded by Grandmaster Kanazawa on the African continent. – Supplied.

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