Karate cup a chance for girls and women to shine
INTERESTING times lie ahead for the local karate fraternity with numerous marquee events taking place in the last quarter of the year .
This weekend will see the return of the annual Karate South Africa (KSA) Women’s Cup, which will be run in conjunction with the Development National Championships. Both events will be held at the Tongaat Indoor Sports Centre.
The Women’s Cup is an event aimed at showcasing female karate talent in various age categories.
The Shotokan Karate International South Africa’s (Skisa) Zahra Kader, who is one of the highest ranked kata and kumite karatekas, from their Mountain Rise, Pietermaritzburg, gym, is looking forward to the event.
“I am excited. It is always an honour to compete against the best. It will also be a great practice run for bigger events on the horizon,” said Kader.
Her sister and fellow participant, Aabidah, also harbours hopes of a good showing at the event.
“I am hoping to achieve something special at the Cup and make my parents proud. It will be an event to remember for us,” she said.
Hana Jeremiah, another Skisa entrant, said she loved seeing how the tournament helped with the development of female karatekas.
According to “Shihan” Brando Pillay, a technical convener of KSA and Skisa, and the event organiser, the weekend’s action is likely to unearth karates’s next big stars.
“Our aim with the Women’s Cup is to promote and provide opportunities for local females who could represent the country in the future,” said Pillay.
The former Proteas coach will also be heading up the 2018 Commonwealth Karate Championships in Durban at the Olive Convention Centre from November 29 to December 2.
“Twenty-three countries will be competing in that event. My duties will include team selections and managing technical issues,” said Pillay.
“Apart from much-needed exposure for the sport and Durban through the staging of the tournament, jobs will also be created.
“Karate is a magnificent vehicle for human relations.
“It also teaches discipline, which is much needed in today’s society, and it also obviously helps teach you self-defence,” he added..
Sisters Aabidah and Zarah Kader and Hana Jeremiah are looking forward to their upcoming karate commitments.