Western Cape 2019 Champs - Road to the Nationals
Picture courtesy of Rashied Isaacs. ( The Peoples Post )
The 2019 Western Cape Provincial Kyokushinkai Championships was recently at the 2 Military base in Wynberg, Cape Town. With students from several Dojo’s in the Western Cape participating in full and semi-contact Kyokushin Karate for Juniors, Seniors and Veterans.
Under the guidance of Shihan Jason Dawes, Chairman of the Cape Town KyokushinKai Karate District and with Cape Town as the host district the venue was set up the previous day and ready to go for the next day’s 8am registrations. The day started with the adult semi-contact, full contact and veterans divisions which allowed for the seniors to complete their fights and then move on to assist with the officiating process.
The senior’s full contact division was eventually won by 2018 All Africa competitors AJ Erasmus. Erasmus who hails from the Vredendal Dojo in the West Coast district also managed to clean up in the semi-contact division. The veterans division was won in a tough battle between Bothasig Dojo debutant Arthur Tancreland and Cape Town’s Andrew Brown, with Brown eventually taking the gold medal. Brown will now go on to compete in the South African Championships veterans division in Port Elizabeth on 5, 6 July 2019.
The women’s full contact division saw a tough fight between two Cape Town district competitors Sonika Mongie and Chané Wessels. After two extensions the match was eventually awarded to Bothasig Dojo’s Sonika Mongie. Mogie then went on to take on Grassy Park’s Evelyn Jordaan in the Women’s semi-contact division, but the experienced Jordaan proved just to much as Jordaan took gold.
After successful completion of the seniors the event focus moved on to the juniors divisions, which as always saw large volumes of children competing in several age and weight divisions, and once again demonstrates the depth of Kyokushinkai Karate in the Western Cape.
The students from the West Coast Vredendal dojo dominated the boy’s divisions with a total gold medal tally of eleven, while the girls semi-contact division was shared equally between Cape Town’s Surrey Estate, Cape Town and the West Coast’s Vredendal Dojo’s, with two each. The girls full-contact saw three gold medals to the Cape Town dojo.
Most of these competitors will now go on to compete in the South Africa Championships in Port Elizabeth on 5,6 July. The South Africa Championships is ultimately where competitors will test themselves at a higher level and provides the opportunity for students and instructors not only to showcase the work they have put into their training but also to engage and share the bond of Kyokushinkai Karate.