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Zenkutsu Karate Club impresses on International stage

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The club emerged as one of the top performers at the tournament, clinching an impressive haul of 32 medals, including 11 gold, 10 silver, and 10 bronze medals, along with a participation medal and two trophies.

Zenkutsu Karate Club made a profound impact at the prestigious 23rd International Kanazawa Cup and Master Camp, held in Durban, KZN, from April 26 to 29. Seen are the students who competed in the tournament. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Despite being a newly-formed club, the Zenkutsu Karate Club, after being established less than six months ago, made a profound impact at the prestigious 23rd International Kanazawa Cup and Master Camp, held in Durban from April 26 to 29.

The club emerged as one of the top performers at the tournament, clinching an impressive haul of 32 medals, including 11 gold, 10 silver, and 10 bronze medals, along with a participation medal and two trophies.

The journey to success was, however, not without its challenges.

Organising and preparing for such a grand event within a short timeframe demanded relentless dedication and unwavering commitment from the club members. But, fueled by their passion for karate and a shared desire to excel, the team rose to the occasion and showcased their prowess on the international stage.

One standout performer was a novice white belt, Abongile Kuse, whose outstanding performance earned him double gold medals for both kata and kumite. His remarkable achievement was celebrated at the SKISA Awards Dinner and Banquet on Sunday, April 28, marking a significant milestone in his budding karate career.

Acknowledging the pivotal role of sponsors in their journey to success, Zenkutsu Karate Club extended heartfelt gratitude to the Department of Sport, Arts, and Culture, particularly the office of MEC Desrey Fienies, for their unwavering support.

Special thanks also went out to the office of MEC for Youth, Women, Disability, and Communication, Venus Blennies, whose assistance proved invaluable in overcoming the final hurdles.

The club also expressed gratitude to the local businesses, whose generous support played a crucial role in their achievement. Walker’s Tavern, Mouk’s Tavern, Moss Tavern, Madeira Liquors, Numain, Tata’s, and Shane’s Liquors, all who were applauded for their commitment to nurturing talent and promoting community development through their corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Sensei David Thebeyapelo, founder and instructor at Zenkutsu Karate Club, extended heartfelt appreciation to the parents whose unwavering support and encouragement have been instrumental in the success of their children. Their dedication and enthusiasm, including travelling out of town to cheer on their young athletes, exemplify the true spirit of sportsmanship and parental involvement.

“We have seen that those who take part in karate learn valuable lessons like sportsmanship, discipline, and character, and therefore they stay away from drugs, teenage pregnancies, and other ill social matters,” concluded Thebeyapelo.

As the club looks forward to future endeavours, they urged the community to continue their support and contributions, emphasising the profound impact it has on shaping the future of their athletes and fostering a culture of excellence within the community.

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