Date: October 23, 2021
Place: Tshwane University of Technology (TUT Pretoria Campus), Gauteng Province, South Africa
Organizers/host: WKO South Africa (Gauteng PEC and TUT Karate Club)
On October 23, WKO Shinkyokushinkai Gauteng provincial executive committee (PEC) and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Karate club hosted the first kata training event for Gauteng province. The training session was aimed to prepare the karate students for the coming Gauteng kyu grading scheduled for November 6 and for the national black belt grading to take place on December 4 in Klerksdorp, North West Province. The training was attended by over 100 karatekas, under strict COVID-19 precautions and regulation protocols for sporting events such as signing a registry, taking of temperature and regular hand sanitizing and was an outdoor training for better ventilation and space to conduct proper kata movements. This was an open event for Gauteng Province clubs/dojos and other interested provinces were welcome. Shihan Mashinini also focused on building endurance and well-balanced mind and body, through training in kata and fighting techniques.
The training session was honoured to be graced with the presence of Shihan Isaac Mashinini and other dojos from outside Gauteng province such as the Klerksdorp team from North West Province. The kata training was opened by the organizers and the host Sensei Humbulani Mphuma (Chairperson: WKO Shinkyokushinkai Gauteng PEC, 3rd dan), Sempai Costa Mudekereza (Chairperson: TUT Pretoria campus karate club) and Kohai Sihle Gqadu (Secretary: WKO Shinkyokushinkai Gauteng PEC). Among the key guests were Shihan Isaac Mashinini (7th dan), Sensei Thomas Mayekani (3rd dan) and Sensei Khehla Jele (4th dan). Gauteng PEC would like to appreciate the presence of all senior instructors from various dojos. The organizers and Shihan Mashinini wished all karatekas well in their preparations for their upcoming kyu and dan examinations.
Sensei Andronica Shonhiwa (nee Rakgantso)
Assistant to President Isaac Mashinini;
WKO South Africa/Africa Region.
On Behalf of Gauteng Province WKO Shinkyokushinkai