Karateka ready to do battle

FISTS OF FURY: From left, Shihan Simphiwe Dlulane, Sempai Litha Mtalalisi and Sinethemba Rhwanqa at the Eastern Cape Kyokushinkan Karate Tournamment at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre in 2018. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Senshinkan Dojo in Southerwood, East London, will host the annual Eastern Cape Kyokushinkan Karate Tournamment at Chiselhurst on May 4.

Well over 100 fighters from as far as North West and the Free State, along with those from the Eastern Cape, will participate in the tournament.

Categories include juniors, young lions and seniors. The senior’s category is divided into weight classes, namely; under-65kg, under-75kg and open division.

Senshinkan Dojo is owned by Shihan Simphiwe Dlulane, who has a fifth dan grading and Sensei Dineo Dlulane who has a third dan grading.

Fitness, discipline and confidence-boosting was how dojo Sempai Litha Mtalalisi described the role of karate in his life.

“I represented the dojo in Russia in 2017 but it was quite costly – I had to pay about R33, 000. However, the experience was good though I found it quite intimidating,” he said.

Mtalalisi also asserts that the sport in SA is more of a hobby, which may put one at a disadvantage in the international arena.

Mtalalisi said the tournament is quite costly and assistance would be most welcome.

“We have a quote of R24,000 for trophies and we’re also in need of catering services to pull off the tournament,” Mtalalisi said.

For those who can assist, contact Mtalalisi on 082-845-6229 or email mtalalisilitha@gmail.com

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