Karate key to con­fi­dence

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By STEPHEN KISBEY-GREEN

As the na­tion cel­e­brates women and their place in South Africa, Gro­cotts Mail, East Cape Sho­tokan-ryu and Joza Karate Club have teamed-up to of­fer free karate lessons for girls (seven years and older) and women. In this spirit, fo­cus and ap­pre­ci­a­tion must be given to the women who have been prac­tis­ing karate for some time. Af­ter wit­ness­ing a karate demon­stra­tion at her school when she was in Grade 6, Kayle Olivier came to the con­clu­sion that the sport would be a good fit for her.

Seven years later, Olivier is now a brown belt and a ded­i­cated young woman in the Gra­ham­stown Sho­tokan-karate dojo.

“I would ad­vise [other young women to get in­volved], be­cause it makes women stronger, it builds their con­fi­dence up, they get higher self es­teem and it is good for self-de­fence as well,” said Olivier.

Olivier be­lieves that karate can help to em­power women in their ev­ery­day life, as it helps to build the con­fi­dence and self-de­fence skills that young women need.

TO RSVP your place in the free classes, please con­tact Gary Grapentin at geenet.co.za.

As venue space is lim­ited, the of­fer will be on a first come, first served ba­sis.

Photo: Stephen Kis­bey­green

Kayle Olivier (right) prac­tis­ing her dev­as­tat­ing kick at the Hill St Ma­sonic Hall dur­ing one of the ad­vanced train­ing ses­sions.

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