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Club hard at work preparing for international championship

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“These boys have now been selected to take part in the championship in Sandton next month. In all, 19 students have managed to qualify for the championship in Sandton”

Members of Galeshewes Kyokushin Sako Juku karate club show off the medals they won at a recent national karate championship. Some of the youngsters are set to take part in an international championship next month. Picture: Neville Motlhabakwe

The Kyokushin Sako Juku Karate club in Galeshewe is hard at work shaping up a team to take part in the upcoming Arnold Classic Invitational tournament next month in Sandton, Gauteng when the country hosts the championship from May 17-19.

The Galeshewe-based club which has its dojo at the Open Arena in Sehurutshi Street, last month practically swept the boards in almost all categories for both females and males in a national championship tournament earlier this month.

Sensei Lawrence Booi said three of his club’s female members each won two trophies for kumite. “All 15 boys we took to the tournament also did the same,” Booi said, “and they came away with two trophies each in their respective categories.

“These boys have now been selected to take part in the championship in Sandton next month. In all, 19 students have managed to qualify for the championship in Sandton,” he said.

Since returning from the national tournament in Kempton Park the Galeshewe club’s sensei has been hard at work putting the karateka through their paces as they prepare for the Sandton tourney.

When the DFA visited the dojo at the Open Arena recently the place was crowded with many young people seemingly eager to join in the fun.