After several flights and many hours of travel the KyokushinKai South Africa team finally arrived in Japan to compete in the 12th World Open and Elite Championships. Even though the fighters were clearly tired after the long trip everyone was in good spirits and excited about the next few days.
Dressed in the unique South Africa kit the team members were stopped for pictures and words of encouragement by members of the public on a regular basis. Having recently won the rugby world cup the Japanese public already has a strong familiarity with South Africa.
The fighters would now go on to rest before the following day’s registration where their credentials would be verified.