Young karate kids shine at KZN Karate Development Tournament

The medallists who excelled.

Athletes from the Association of Shotokan Karate-Do South Africa (ASKDSA ) competed at the recent KZN development karate championships at the Tongaat Sports Hall in Durban.

The tournament is aimed at developing athletes in their skills in the province so that they will be able to compete on a national level. The level of competition has increased over the years and instructors are continuously preparing their athletes for these events.

ASKDSA athletes were dominant in their respective divisions earning them a place in the KZN development team where they will represent KZN at the SA development tournament to be held in Durban in October 2017.

These athletes earn ranking points for their achievements at national level.  The seven to 13 years male team kata (Armaan Sewpersadh, Declan Govender and Tyheel Jagarath) won bronze while the females (Clarisse Narayan, Sanjana Maharaj and Adhisha Maharaj) won the gold in their division. Declan Govender won silver for individual kata and Sengezo Ngcobo took bronze for kata in the seven to nine years division while Sengezo won silver in under 30kg kumite division.

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Yajna Maharaj won gold for both kata and kumite (over 30kg) in the seven to nine years division. Armaan Sewpersadh won gold in the ten to 11 years under 35kg while Tyheel Jagarath took bronze. Sanjana Maharaj earned silver for kata in 12 to 13 years and gold for kumite under 42kg while Clarisse Narayan won gold for both kata and kumite (under 47kg).

Tyson Moonsamy took gold for both kata and kumite (over 70kg) in the 14 to 15 years division while Hiral Premlall won bronze for kata and gold for kumite (under 61kg) in the 16 to 17 years division.  Sensei Dennis Kumarasamy, president of ASKDSA said that he was overwhelmed with the performance of these young and upcoming athletes.

Their commitment, dedication and perseverance has been their keys to their success. They are coached and trained for these events by Protea Coach, Sensei Vijay Govender.  For more information regarding karate in your area, contact Sensei Vijay Govender on 031-505-5175 or 074-488-5456.


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