Karate master honoured

2016-09-21 06:00
Photo: supplied SA karate master Sonny Pillay proudly displays his new international rank 8th dan black belt at the world champs opening ceremony in Jakarta with Japanese grandmaster Kanazawa Soke and chief instructor Nabuaki Kanazawa.

Photo: supplied SA karate master Sonny Pillay proudly displays his new international rank 8th dan black belt at the world champs opening ceremony in Jakarta with Japanese grandmaster Kanazawa Soke and chief instructor Nabuaki Kanazawa.

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SA karate master Sonny Pillay Hanshi, founder of the SKISA organisation established in 1978, received an 8th dan black belt from the world SKIF Shotokan organisation.

He was presented with the belt at the Shotokan World Championships (SKIF) in Jakarta this month

The karate maestro is the president of Karate South Africa (KSA) and was conferred the prestigious accolade by world grandmaster Hirokazu Kanazawa (10th dan), the highest respected karate authority in the world today.

Pillay who regularly conducts workshops around the globe is the first and only karate master of Indian origin in the world to be graded to the rank of 8th dan by Kanazawa.

In addition Pillay, who also teaches workshops throughout the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, is the first and only 8th dan SKIF black belt to be graded by Kanazawa in Africa.

“This rank of 8th dan received in presence of an international audience, delegates of 53 countries from five continents, by one of the greatest living legends of karate in the world today Kanazawa ‘Soke’ makes my journey of blood sweat and tears of almost 50 years very gratifying,” said Pillay.

“Moreover, I wish to place on record that I will always be eternally grateful to all those loyal karatekas, parents, officials, karate colleagues and off course last but not the least my immediate family who remain my pillars of strength, Anita, my life partner and my four children who have stood by me throughout this intriguing karate journey as I am because of all of them.”

Pillay is currently preparing to lead the KSA Protea team to the WKF World Cup in Austria next month.

For all karate inquiries visit www.ski-karate.com or call 082 557 7784.

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