Three Madibaz karatekas will be out to impress when they compete in the World Open Championships in Japan later this year.
Senseis Gcobani Maxama and Lwazi Finca, as well as Yongama Booi, are members of the South African squad to compete in the world event in Tokyo from November 22 to 24.
Madibaz Sport karate manager Bernard Petersen said the style of karate they would be doing was kyokushin (ultimate truth).
“Kyokushin is full contact and there have hardly been any opportunities for these karatekas to compete internationally.
“We at Nelson Mandela University are very proud of their achievements. They have proved to be successful despite facing many challenges, not least of which are the costs associated with competing at a high level.”
Petersen added that the trio had been involved in a number of tournaments since last year to stand a chance of gaining national recognition.
Preparing to compete in the open weight champs against formidable opposition from countries such as Japan, Russia and Brazil, he said they were working a lot on body conditioning, strength and stamina training.
“Also they are aiming to put on a few more kilograms because the tournament is an open weight.
“There is only one division, so a person might fight with someone who is much heavier than them.
“This is obviously a disadvantage and hence they are trying to bulk up for the world champs.”