KWT karate team ready for next year’s world championships

Over the years, the standard of this martial art has risen in the province. It also got a boost after all fourteen athletes from the Eastern Cape did well in the karate tournament called Kimura Shukokai South African Karate Championship held in Cape Town last month.

All this was done by the fighters under the leadership of Zolani Siswana who leads a development centre called Bukho Samurai Karate Academy in King William’s Town. The Bukho Samurai Karate Academy has shown their abilities in tournaments in South Africa. What was the main aim for the karate fighters in the tournament in Cape Town was to succeed so they could qualify for the world championships.

They succeeded and the team’s good performance lifted the name of the Eastern Cape. Among the players who won are Nqobile Tolo, Luthando Mjaji, Missi Inam Vena, Mavhungu Fali, Siphenathi Markus, Abongile Notshulwana, Anethemba Fani, Zubenathi Markus, Linamandila Siswana and Kungamandla Mahlaza.

The leader of the Bukho Samurai Karate Academy welcomed the results produced by the fighters in different karate styles with great joy. “The good work done by the Bukho Academy players makes us very happy,” said Siswana speaking to this newspaper.

Undoubtedly, the progress made by his team elevates the Eastern Cape as one of the fastest growing areas for karate in South Africa.“We have put our province on the map. Another good thing is that the karate sport is improving, especially in the King Willim’s Town area – where we are based. We want to say a big thank you to the children and their parents. Now I can say that we are ready to compete with players from other countries in the world championships that will be held in July next year here in South Africa,” said Siswana.