SKISA TOURNAMENT PROMOTES YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
By: Nontobeko Mlambo
Annual Shotokan Karate-do International South Africa (SKISA) Team Challenge Tournament took place at the Durban University of Technology’s Sports Centre on Saturday.
Participants came from different provinces Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Northwest. The SKISA Team Challenge Tournament started ten years ago and now sees over
200 participants every year.
Brando Pillay, who is the head coach at SKISA believes that the tournament has grown rapidly over the last years.
“SKISA encourages youngsters to play sport that is structured, we support the idea of nation building through practice of karate,” said Pillay.
“Karate is a sport that can be played across the board and across all age groups, we have members as young as five years old up to 60 years old,” added Pillay.
All participants received medals for their participation in the tournament.
Talking to the participants, President of SKISA Haschi Sonny Pillay said, “To me every one of you is a winner today and I applaud your participation.”
Urvashi Harlease (14), from Pietermaritzburg who has been taking part in the tournament for 4-years, said that he is happy with his hobby.
“Karate is an interesting an interesting sport, it has taught me independence and self-defence,” said Harlease.
SKISA was formed in1978 by founder Sonny Pillay, upon his return to South Africa after several years of studying in Europe at Martial Art Academy.
SKISA promotes martial art in order to develop the youth of today who will become the leaders of tomorrow. SKISA promote art for youth development.