On the 1st September students from the Karoo OGKK (Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Kyokai) dojo based in Graaff-Reinet attended the 35th Annual Southern Cape and Eastern Cape Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Tournament held in the picturesque town of George in the Western Cape.
The Tournament, hosted by Jannie Le Grange Sensei (7th Dan), saw teams from George, Uniondale, Port Elizabeth and Graaff-Reinet compete across 26 different divisions based on age, gender and rank in elimination stages. The categories for this tournament were Kata (detailed pattern of movements) and Kumite (freestyle sparing).
Having never attended a karate tournament before, our learners elected to compete in the individual Kata category with approximately 110 other entrants.
They returned home with two gold and two bronze well deserved medals, with James Rose-Innes and Max Price each achieving a bronze medal and Max Wright and Tyra Binney bringing home gold.