Established in 1990 by Sensei Raj Govender, the karate club has grown from strength to strength, helping keep children off the streets of Phoenix and away from the social ills.
Demarte Pena and Irshaad Sayed came out spitting bile, amidst a fury of incredible MMA. Trading strike for strike Pena pulled ahead with brutal takedowns, and a stunning head kick that dropped Sayed in the first.
Catering for distances from 4km up to 15km with the option of extended runs for ultra runners, many athletes took advantage of the early 5am start on both days to secure a healthy start for the upcoming season.
IKD is rapidly growing and is now based in 46 countries and 70 regions throughout the world, since its inception in 2011.
The under seven ‘babies’ also emerged victorious after playing 14 league games. In addition to this, the under 15 division claimed first position after participating in a whopping 17 games.
2017 proved to be a good year for the 10-year-old athlete who was named the Karate Student of the Year by IFFSKSA Stonebridge.
The club’s weekend running programme incorporates a variety of distances that provides distances from 5km to 15km and extended ultra runs for the Comrades and Two Oceans runners in both south and northern runs.
Members can look forward to an eventful and exciting year ahead, according to club officials. The third leg of the Thinnys League Challenge takes place on Sunday, January 14 from Victoria Primary school at 5am.
There was a 500m fun swim, which focused on introducing children to open water swimming and then there was the 1km swim, which actually serves as an official seeding event to the 2018 Aquelle Midmar Mile.
The recently capped Protea, Wiaan Mulder, captained Gauteng at the 2016 Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week, when he returned to the tournament for a third year in a row.
Apart from the club awards, the highlights of the evening included presentations to many karatekas who received their Black Belt, Dan grading and provincial colours for 2017.