Graduate amped for global karate tourney
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.