DUT KUNG-FU: AIMING GOLD HIGH
By: Given Jama
The Durban University of Technology Kung-Fu team was already feeling the gold as they left for the Wushu National Tournament to take place in Johannesburg tomorrow .
The team made up of first time athletes and some who have been to the tournament had been training throughout this term. Despite strike actions within the institution, which disrupted every programme and took away from the training time, the team was in high spirits.
Musa Mahlaba, team captain and coach who might fight his last fight in this tournament said they have strategically adapted under the conditions. “We have only entered into a few categories but we ensured that in them, we are going to be perfect,” said Mahlaba.
Mahlaba said that he also told the team to be disciplined and respect everyone including their opponents. This however does not mean that they should be scared of them.
“I am not putting pressure on any performer but I told them to aim for something,” he added.
Kung-Fu sports administrator Indresian Panther shared the coach’s sentiments. “Without putting any pressure on the athletes, we want them to gain maximum experience to be even better athletes,” said Panther.
Panther also agreed that the training time lost and strikes had a negative impact on the team’s preparation said that he knew the team is in a good standing. “They show discipline. They are dedicated to Kung-Fu and committed to lessons to progress.”
Siyethemba Ntombela said that when she went with the team in 2012 they had done very well. However she says that this time they are going in with even much higher expectations.
Mlungisi Jula who will be participating in five categories said he was aiming for as much gold. His sister Dudu said she was also aiming for not less four.
One of the first time participants Ashir Parthab said he was elated to have a chance to participate together with his younger sister Nikita.
Patrick Hendry, Julius Mnisi and Lindokuhle Mathe who are all going to the tournament for the first time all said that they are looking forward to the experience and not scared at all.
Nikita Parthab and Dudu Jula are shortlisted for a trainer course if they perform well. This also means that they stand a good chance to be selected to go represent South Africa in China later this year.