Fight season at the Fish River Sun

KARATEKA will be battling it out for top honours in the annual SASKA East Coast Karate Open Championships, which will take place at the Fish River Sun on Saturday August 4.

It is the sixth year the Fish River Sun has hosted the event, which draws karateka from the entire region.

“It is a pleasure to welcome back the organisers, the East Cape Shotokan-Ryu,” said Fish River Sun administration manager, Karen Lee.

GOING FOR GOLD: Alizwa Jezi of Port Alfred’s Kowie Karate Club will be hoping to once again place at this year’s SASKA East Coast Karate Open Championship. Jezi won bronze for kumite (fighting) at last year’s championship Picture: SUPPLIED

While the championship is an all-style event with categories for novice to advanced competitors, it is by invitation only.

The instructor of the overall winning club and the winners of the individual Ladies’ and Men’s Senior Brown and Black Belt Kumite categories will each receive a high quality replica of a Japanese katana sword, according to organiser Gary Grapentin.

There will also be large commemorative medals for the top three in each category, and scrolls for the winners of each category.

Lucky draw competitions will be held for officials and competitors.

“The Fish River Sun will once again provide a perfect setting and venue for the championship,” said Grapentin.

The competition arenas will comprise tatami mats, and will be enhanced by direct overhead lighting.

Spectators can enjoy an excellent view of the action, with comfortable seating positioned in close proximity of each arena.

“The championship experience will provide an opportunity for families and followers of karate to enjoy an unforgettable weekend at the Fish River Sun Hotel and Country Club Resort,” Grapentin said.

Entry fee for competitors is R100 for one event or R150 for both individual Kata and Kumite.

Spectators will be charged R20 for adults and R10 for children.

For special accommodation rates contact Stefan Ferreira on (041) 583-1968.

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