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Delta Karate Academy has delivered yet another outstanding performance, bringing home a total of three medals from its debut participation at the Cape Town Shito-Ryu Open Tournament held in South Africa over the weekend
The academy had sent a total of two female athletes being- Aone Mhaladia and Jaone Mafoko and one male athlete – Lesedi Halahala in a tournament which was held at Sarepta Sport Complex in Cape Town on the 7th of October 2023.
Mafoko bagged two Silver medals in the Under 10 Female Individual Kumite and the Individual Kata categories respectively while Mhaladi won bronze in Female Individual Kumite. Halahala unfortunately lost in the Under 12 Male Kumite and was also disqualified in individual Kata.
In an interview, the Academy’s Instructor Calvin Thuthuka said that the team performed beyond expectation since it was the first time they competed in an international stage. He added the weather was also not favourable and he had thought that it would be difficult for the athletes to adapt to the environment but to his surprise they made wonders and went along with the flow.
Thuthuka is happy that through the tournament they have gained international experience and learnt about the tournament’s structure which they will use to their advantage going forward. He added that the tournament was also a platform to benchmark on how best they can improve their academy adding that it also gave them the opportunity to build relationships with international clubs.
Furthermore, he added that his athletes also gained international recognition and were awarded medals something which he believes will motivate them to work hard going forward. He appreciated his athletes for their hard work as well as their parents for the support which he believes will take the academy to greater heights.
Meanwhile Thuthuka has revealed that they have since invited some of the clubs that participated at the tournament to the 2nd edition of Delta Open Championship scheduled to be held next year.
Other local clubs that participated at the tournament were KOM Karate and Oodi Karate Club among other foreign clubs from Namibia and South Africa.