Great experience . . . Displaying their medals won at the first South Island Japan Karate Association championship are (front, from left) Alex Donato (10, silver kata, silver kumite), Luka van den Bergh (9, bronze kumite), Mila van den Bergh (9, bronze kata), Hayley Chang (10, gold kata, silver kumite), Jessica Box (9), Anton van den Bergh (9, gold kumite, sil ver kata), Ethan Box (7, gold kumite), Ethan Nesbitt (8, gold kumite, bronze kata). Second row, from left, Liam Nesbitt (10, kata silver, kumite silver), Zackai Salwy (10, bronze kata), Megan Pelser (13, gold kata, bronze kumite), Taye Goodger (age 13) Gold kata, gold kumite Ellie Pillar (11) Bogdon Stoiljkovic (10, bronze kumite), Wesley Pelser (10, bronze kumite). Back row, from left Haydn Ovenstone (bronze kumite), Jason Box (silver kumite), Gerhard Pienaar (gold kumite), Anton van den Bergh (bronze kumite). Absent Caroline Ovenstone (silver kata).


JKA Karate Timaru competed at the first South Island-based Japan Karate Association Championships in Christchurch on June 30. Sensei Lizelle Pelser said it was a good opportunity for students of JKA Karate and other Shotokan clubs to compete together at the event and proved a great experience for the students. It was the first tournament for some of them.

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