GKF Championships – Friday 8 February and Saturday 9 February 2019.
The program started at 11:00 on Friday morning and by 19:00 that evening we were all done. The day was filled with katas from various styles and kumite divisions for 8 to 9 year olds, Veterans and Masters. The whole day was very laid back, as the majority of the competitors were reserving their energy for Saturday. Solis Ortus karateka sparkled like diamonds. Some landed in huge divisions, but still did their absolute best. Our students never faltered and did exactly as they practiced.
Saturday morning kicked-off at 9:00 with the hall abuzz with energy as male and female, young and old kareteka, geared up for the kumite day to make their mark as the best fighters in Gauteng. The Children category (age 7 to 13) inspired us with their tenacity and ability to overcome the “newness” of the compulsory protective gear they had to wear. Our Solis Ortus students were on fire: they were fast and fierce, keeping the adrenaline coursing through the crowd. It was an absolute pleasure cheering for Solis Ortus.
All and all, 15 Solis Ortus kareteka competed at the GKF Championships, taking 12 medals in total: 3 Bronze, 3 Silver, and 6 Gold! What an awesome achievement for all who competed, even those that did not medal. Any time spent on the tatami is invaluable, as each time provides a new experience.
SAs will take place in Cape Town on 15 and 16 March for all children, and on 1 and 2 March in Durban for all Seniors. We wish all those who qualified only the best. Train hard and believe in your own abilities. Be awesome! (OSS-some)