Grad­u­ate amped for global karate tour­ney

Afro Voice (Northern Cape) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS -

AF­TER a bril­liant per­for­mance at a karate tour­na­ment in the Philip­pines two years ago, a Dur­ban me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ate is off to face the tough Rus­sians in an­other global karate tour­na­ment in Ja­pan.

Mkhu­lumeli Cele will take part in an in­ter­na­tional karate friend­ship tour­na­ment in Tokyo, Ja­pan on April 21.

Cele, orig­i­nally from KwaMa­gaye near Port Shep­stone, is con­fi­dent that he will do well in the tour­na­ment.

He is pre­par­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion through a strict health and di­etary regime.

“There will also be Rus­sians who are very strong in the kyokushinkaikan karate, the kind of style that will be em­ployed,” Cele said.

“This is full con­tact karate and it is go­ing to be very hard but I am go­ing for a win .”

He was trained by his brother, sen­sei Kwanele Cele, who is a third dan – a de­gree of ad­vanced pro­fi­ciency in judo or karate.

Cele said the Philip­pines tour­na­ment which was held in the cap­i­tal city of Manila in 2016 had taught him a lot as it was chal­leng­ing.

“For these guys, tak­ing part in a tour­na­ment is life or death. They take los­ing very hard. They bring their A game,” Cele said.

He said his fight­ing style had a lot to do with him win­ning as the South African style had con­fused his op­po­nents.

“Most South Africans who went there made a mis­take by adopt­ing the Asian style,” he said.

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