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POTENT KARATE KIDS: Brother and sister duo, Tehzeeb and Ali-Ahmed Syed Cassim of Grahamstown’s ECSR Dojo will be hoping to repeat their 2016 success at this year’s championship. Both have been selected to represent the Saska national team at the WUKF world championships in Scotland later this year Picture: SUPPLIED

The championship will see over 250 competitors of all ages and levels competing in various individual and team categories.

“Given the number of experienced South African karateka already confirmed to participate, the UWKSA championship promises to produce karate-do of an exceptionally high standard,” said UWKSA president Gary Grapentin.

This weekend’s event will be the first of two major karate championships to be staged at the resort this year.

Grahamstown and Port Alfred-based East Cape Shotokan-Ryu
(ECSR) will convene the event, with some exciting local as well as national karatekas from all over the country showcasing their skills.

Today will see the competition getting up and running with all kata (forms) categories taking place, while tomorrow will see all-kumite (fighting) categories in the spotlight.

Adding to the excitement of the competition, competitors at this year’s national championship will also be vying for a place on the team which will represent UWKSA at the UWK world championship in Italy later this year.

“United World Karate is an international karate sports body which was formed in 2014,” said Grapentin.

“Soon thereafter the South African Federations affiliated to WUKF and WUKO and AD initiated dialogue with the intent purpose of unifying all affiliated national federations and organisations under the umbrella body, United World Karate South Africa (UWKSA).

“Unification was achieved in March 2015 and UWKSA received official UWK membership status later that year.”

For this weekend’s event, the daily entry fee for spectators is R40 for adults and R20 for children and scholars, with two full days of exciting karate action expected.

The championship venue will comprise four competition arenas, each enhanced by overhead lighting, computerised scoring systems and comfortable ringside seating for spectators.

“The Fish River Sun Hotel and Country Club Resort will provide a unique, luxurious and atmospheric setting on the scenic Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape,” claimed Grapentin.

“In addition, the championship experience will provide the opportunity for participants, officials, families and supporters of karate to enjoy an unforgettable holiday at the Fish River Sun Hotel and Country Club Resort.”

Today’s opening ceremony started at 8am, with the first categories getting under way at 9am.

Tomorrow’s action will commence with the first categories from 8am and the action should be concluded by late afternoon.

For accommodation enquiries at the Fish River Sun please contact 040-676-1101 or email

By Ross Roche – DispatchLIVE

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