Shihan Karate School students ready for the world

Elvis Tshaka and Karabo Meko are excited to represent the Karate South Africa Protea team at UFAK Africa championships to be held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. PHOTO: LEBAKENG NKABI

Two senior karate athletes form Botshabelo Shihan Karate School have been seleceted to represent the country at the All Africa Karate Federation (UFAK) Africa championships to be held in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 29 May to 6 June 2017. Elvis Tshaka and Karabo Meko were selected to represent the Karate South Africa Protea team at the championships.
Karabo Meko came first in the 60kg division while Elvis Tshaka came second in the same category. Tshaka has previously been on tours that were sponsered by the late Wim Boshoff .
The club has been doing very well for the past 30 years and has had top athletes that represented the country internationally, winning gold and silver medals along the way.
“This is not a surprise to us at all. This club has been the backbone of the national team by producing world class athletes ever since; the likes of Macdonald Monyaki, Johannes Nau, Thabiso Booi and Hope August, just to name a few. This team has been performing well and it will continue doing so for the country, I congratulate these athletes for their extremely well deserved achievements,” said Sensei Shine Banyane who is also the first ever black head coach of KSA. He will be coaching the SA team during this competition.
“I am very excited that I finally made it and I will be representing my country and province with pride. I am very happy. On the other hand I am praying for my brother Elvis Tshaka to get funds and go with me to make our country proud,” added Karabo Meko. He said that it is not good to be happy while you see your neighbour struggling. “This not the way we have been taught to live, I am confident that our sensei, Shine Banyane, will do everything in his power to ensure that we are all able to go.” – Lebakeng Nkabi