Pil­lay broth­ers set to show their met­tle

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PUNCH­ING above their weight from the ten­der age of six, two tal­ented Chatsworth broth­ers are aim­ing for glory at the in­ter­na­tional Com­mon­wealth Karate Cham­pi­onships.

Sen­sei Ash­lyn Pil­lay, 23, along with his younger sib­ling, Sen­sei Ash­ton War­ren Pil­lay, 19, of the Chatsworth sub­urb of West­cliff, have been prac­tis­ing karate for most of their lives.

They will get to show off their karate skills at the cham­pi­onships, which is set to at­tract some of the world’s best karatekas to Durban’s Olive Con­ven­tion Cen­tre from Novem­ber 29.

The broth­ers are mem­bers of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Fu­nakoshi Sho­tokan Karate South Africa.

On how the the sib­lings got into the sport, their fa­ther, Rusty Pil­lay, said: “Ash­lyn was a timid young­ster so we got him in­volved in mar­tial arts and his brother fol­lowed a few years later.”

Ash­lyn is a chem­i­cal engineering stu­dent and started karate in 2002. He is a third-dan black belt, and is ranked third in the coun­try in the un­der-84kg cat­e­gory male se­nior di­vi­sion.

Ash­ton, who is pur­su­ing an ed­u­ca­tion de­gree, is a sec­ond-dan black belt karateka.

He is ranked number 1 in the coun­try’s male un­der-21 di­vi­sion in the over 84kg weight cat­e­gory.

The broth­ers have com­peted na­tion­ally and in in­ter­na­tional events over the years, in­clud­ing in run-outs at the 2011 mar­tial arts cham­pi­onships in the Syd­ney Games.

This year they com­peted in six tour­na­ments across the coun­try and have been in top form, which ce­mented their in­clu­sion in the Com­mon­wealth event later this month.

The broth­ers are both karate in­struc­tors at the Moor­ton Li­brary dojo in Chatsworth.

“We would like to thank Han­shi Eric Goven­der and Sen­sei Malvin Goven­der, our head coach and men­tor, for their lead­er­ship over the years,” the broth­ers said.

Chatsworth broth­ers Ash­lyn and Ash­ton Pil­lay are geared for the Com­mon­wealth Karate Cham­pi­onships in Durban later this month.

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