Siblings who ‘fight’ together stay together

2015-10-29 13:51
<The Dolley family with their karate trophies and medals they won recently. At the back are Jameelah (20) (3rd Dan) and Zain (17) (2nd Dan) with in front Sumayah (10) (Brown Belt) and Zaahid (8) (Green Belt). Photo: SUPPLIED

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Sibling fights are taken to a totally different level in the Dolley family of Uitenhage.

These kids are known for their karate performances and achievements. Between the four of them they have 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dan Black belts. These siblings train under the guidance of Sensei Riaan Le Roux (6th Dan) (Chairperson WJKA South Africa) at the Uitenhage Karate Academy.

The eldest, Jameelah (20) (3rd Dan) has her own dojo where she teaches the art and she also has her national colours and was selected to represent the country in Netherlands this year but could not go for religious reasons.

Zain (17) (2nd Dan) assists in the training at the dojo and has been to Japan to represent South Africa at the World Championships in 2014. The youngest Sumayah (10) (brown belt) has national colours, and Zaahid (8) (green belt) has already won various medals at competitions across the country. The father of these karateka himself has a 1st Dan black belt.

Amongst them, they have a total of about 200 medals and have won various floating trophies throughout the years including senior and junior karateka of the year in their dojo.

At the recent Eastern Cape Championships they won in total 4 gold and 4 silver medals and took 4 first place trophies in both kata and kumite. This family continues to train in the art of karate and plan on taking on the WJKA national and international championships together, kicking their way to the top.

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