'It's about self-defence and discipline' - karate for the underprivileged

2016-03-04 10:31
Durban karate master S'busiso Mkhize and his class. (Supplied)

Durban karate master S'busiso Mkhize and his class. (Supplied)

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Durban - Self-defence and self-discipline are the two core principles fostered by a Durban karate instructor who tutors underprivileged students.

S'busiso Mkhize, a third Dan black belt, has been running his own Shinkyokushinkai karate school for more than 20 years.

Mkhize, 41, said that learning the skills of the full-contact sport was a lifestyle.

"This is about self-defence and about discipline. This will keep [children] occupied and away from things like drugs. This is something that requires a strong mind, and it is the mental fortitude that allows you to be dedicated to your training," he said.  

Mkhize said that the principles of the martial art did not promote wanton violence, but equipped students with an edge if they ever felt threatened or in danger.   

"This is a skill. If someone wants to fight with you, you need to be able to stand up for yourself. You can't be in a situation where you don't have the skills to defend yourself.

"Rather have that knowledge and be able to call upon it when you need it most. It is far better than the alternative," he said.

Mkhize has over 60 students under his tutelage, and his dojo in Newlands East has produced five black belts to date.

He said that many of his wards were highly promising, and that adding to the number of black belts was assured. 

Durban karate master S'busiso Mkhize (second from left) and his top pupils. (Supplied)
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