Tak­ing on the world

Funds needed to en­sure youths don’t miss pres­ti­gious op­por­tu­nity

Go! & Express - - Sport - THAN­DEKA NTLONTI

FOUR stu­dents from the East Lon­don Kyokushinkan Karate Club have been se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in two world tour­na­ments that will take place in Ja­pan and Rus­sia.

Two ju­nior mem­bers, Son­wabise Dokol­wana and Nande Dlu­lane, will take part in the ju­nior world tour­na­ment in Ja­pan on Novem­ber 25 and 26, and Litha Mtha­lal­isi and Sthem­bele Mtete, will par­tic­i­pate in the se­nior world tour­na­ment in Rus­sia on De­cem­ber 9.

The In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Karate (IFK) Kyokushinkan was founded in 1992 by Han­shi Steve Arneil with the aim to pro­mote on an in­ter­na­tional ba­sis, the teach­ing, prac­tice and dis­sem­i­na­tion of in­for­ma­tion on Kyokushinkan karate, es­tab­lish a uni­fied sys­tem of ki­hon, kata and grad­ings within na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions and pro­vide an in­ter­na­tional iden­tity to na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Our club op­er­ates two dojo clubs in East Lon­don, one in South­ern­wood and one in Mdantsane unit 12.

“It is there­fore a huge achieve­ment for our club to have stu­dents who come from very hum­ble back­grounds to have this pres­ti­gious op­por­tu­nity to take part in th­ese in­ter­na­tional events,” Mdantsane se­nior in­struc­tor, Di­neo Dlu­lane said.

The club’s main ob­jec­tive is to pro­mote good health, self-de­fense and dis­ci­pline among men, women and the youth in so­ci­ety and to im­prove the lives of com­mu­ni­ties.

“Be­ing se­lected for th­ese tour­na­ments will not only serve as a mo­ti­va­tion for our stu­dents but will also be an en­cour­age­ment to their peers, and to their com­mu­ni­ties that some­thing great can come out of the East­ern Cape,” she added.

The trips to the world tour­na­ments will cost R100 000 and the club is busy hold­ing var­i­ous fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives to help pay for the stu­dents.

Mem­bers of the public are also asked to kindly con­trib­ute to­wards the trips, to help make sure the dreams of th­ese hard-work­ing young stu­dents come true.

To as­sist the stu­dents, con­tact se­nior in­struc­tor Di­neo on 081-045-3838.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

COM­MIT­TED KARATEKA: The East Lon­don Kyokushinkan Karate club are proud to have stu­dents go­ing to the ju­nior and se­nior world tour­na­ments in Ja­pan and Rus­sia re­spec­tively this year. They are, from left, Nande Dlu­lane, coach Sim­phiwe Dlu­lanev, Liyema Dweni and Son­wabise Dokol­wana. Ab­sent: Sthem­bele Mtete and Litha Mtha­lal­isi

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