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Twelve South African judoka will take the floor for their country at the World Kata Championships in Malta in October.

The championships, hosted by the International Judo Federation, run from October 16-18.

The South African team was chose after the recent national championships and the following kata will be contested: Nage no Kata, Kime no Kata, Katame no Kata, Juno Kata, Kodokan Goshin Jitsu and the creative show kata.

Kata competitions have been held for many years in South Africa, initially with just a few teams from the various provinces. These days more than 250 participants compete for national honours annually.

Such is the growth of the discipline that this takes up one entire day at the national championships on six mats. Professor Kano, the founder of judo, called kata the grammar of judo.

The vision of the IJF is to have the Kata section of Judo included in the Olympics and hopes to achieve this by 2016.

The teams that will represent Judo South Africa at the world championships are: Clinton Moura and Detlef Dunker, Dirk Crafford and Cornelis van Schalkwyk, Morn├® Radyn and Llewellyn Swanepoel, Meiring Cromhout and Martin Van Tonder, Godfrey Kleinsmith and Django Kleinsmith, Juan Pienaar and Abraham Coetzer


3 Comments

  1. Grant Van Niekerk

    August 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Hi
    If one wants to learn the goshin jitsu kata, who can ne contact in cape town, south africa

  2. Thomas Dunker

    September 7, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    you can contact Mike or Lorraine Job in Cape Town at [email protected]
    or phone 021 788 1955 or
    Gert Gouws in Stellenbosch = [email protected]

  3. mariska erasmus

    September 13, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    We wish South-Africa the best!!
    Have a great time!!
    Hoop julle skop gat!!

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