SKISA MAKES CLEAN SWEEP AT GIFT OF GIVERS KANAZAWA CUP 2010
The Gift of the Givers International Kanazawa Cup 2010 culminated on a high note for all the SKISA teams in the cadet’s, juniors senior and veterans categories on Saturday 1st of May 2010 with SKISA making a clean sweep winning all the team Kumite (fighting) titles .
The Gauteng visitors KWF team and SKISA TEAM SA battle of the" best of the best " in the men’s
team kumite final provided the highlight of the day with a tense and exciting final resulting in SKISA team winning convincingly 3-1 ensuring that captain marvellous sensei Brando lifted the GOG Kanazawa cup 2010 once again SKISA TEAM SA who were victorious at the international event have won the International Kanazawa cup for a record 9 times consecutively since its inception in 2001.
This victory is extremely special said Kyoshi Sonny Pillay (President of SKISA) because it was achieved by our SKISA team SA in the presence of world karate legend GRANDMASTER KANAZAWA (in whose honour and name the event is annually hosted in the city of Durban )and Dr Imtiaz Sooliman founder of our holding sponsor “Gift of the Givers Foundation.” The senior ladies team ably led by captain Tina Lee Singh also successfully defended their 2009 title in an overwhelming defeat of the national KWF
ladies team making it 3 times in a row 2008-2010.
Phoenix veteran tournament fighter sensei Trevor Ganess led his SKISA veteran team to victory in
the men senior veteran team event after winning a thrilling final against the Eastern province Shorin ryu team captain by seasoned tournament campaigner sensei Tom Hayes. KZN'S (Tongaat) Michelle Singh featured prominently in the ladies veterans section and rose to the occasion in defeating all opposition to win gold.
Veteran JKA Sensei Jappie was crowned Veterans Ladies Team champions with her KZN team of ladies who outpointed the KWF team from Gauteng.
KWF 'S Brian Dukas (Gauteng) won the black belt open kata division with a superb display of the ever popular unsu kata DRC top fighter Rico Kasonga won a thrilling kumite final against KZN golden boy Njabulo Khumalo 2-1 to lift the 2010 Gift of the Givers International Kanazawa Cup. The Unison mens senior black belt Kata event was an extremely close call with the KWF team winning by point zero one(.01) difference in the finals. SKISA cadets/junior girls and boys hauled in several gold medals in their respective divisions and all in made it a hugely successful event for their chief coach sensei Brando Pillay 5th dan black belt.
"Our SKISA team who spilled blood ! sweat! and tears in preparation for our flagship event the Kanazawa cup demonstrated that hard work and persistency pays" said the coach sensei Brando. "I am thrilled with their success and very excited and this superb performance augurs well for our mission to win the SKIF 2012 WORLD CUP in AUSTRALIA" added sensei Brando
SKISA Tournament Director Kyoshi Sonny Pillay said this was the biggest KANAZAWA CUP ever with 810 participants from throughout the republic and 10 countries from abroad. The 2011 Kanazawa cup will run over 2 days as many countries from around the globe will join Kyoshi Pillay the founder of SKISA in celebrating his 60th birthday on the 8TH AUGUST at the event that will be held at the International Convention Centre. I am convinced that the 2011 event could be the biggest South African karate event of the year 2011 said Kyoshi Pillay