The National Executive Committee of KyokushinKaiKan South Africa recently appointed a well-experienced management team to take charge of the forthcoming squad to tour to the 12 World Open Karate Championships in Tokyo.
The management team is headed up by Senior Manager Msokoli Ntombana who has many years of local and international tour experience. Ntombana who is more commonly referred to in the Kyokushin Karate World as Sensei “Soks” who currently operates out of the Mamelodi Dojo will be ably assisted by yet another Senior and very experienced Kyokushin Karateka Shihan Dennis Gumede.
With the majority of the fighters hailing from the KZN region, where Shihan Dennis is the current Chairperson of KyokushinKai Karate, he brings a good understanding of the fighter’s needs.
The national team coach appointment sees Sensei Ayanda Gebashe take the helm. Gebashe has travelled to Japan several times over for international competition over the past few years and as such brings the very much needed current performance and competition experience to the table.
National coach Gebashe is joined by assistant coach Zolile Maxama who coaches the current All Africa and South Africa Champion Gcobani Mxama. The last name is no coincidence as Gcobani is the son of Zollile who will also be travelling to Japan and will no doubt be looking to make his father proud. Gebashe is also assisted by Shihan Michael Shuttleworth who has been appointed as coach of the Junior competitors. Shuttleworth has had significant recent successes coaching his junior girls to medal status at the 2019 South African Championships and several years of Kyokushin Karate experience.
This year sees the first appointment of a medical officer which is filled by Dr John o Brian. Dr o Brian is a current Kyokushin Karate practitioner. The delegation is headed by Member of the International Executive committee 8th Dan Shihan Kenny Uytenboghaardt who will also be acting as Chef de Mission.