Karate event draws top talent

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Reiner van der Marwitz of Port Elizabeth, in fighting stance, won the men's black belt kata category at last year's Secko contest
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Reiner van der Marwitz of Port Elizabeth, in fighting stance, won the men’s black belt kata category at last year’s Secko contest

THE Saska East Coast Karate Open (Secko) Championship will be hosted by the Fish River Sun Hotel and Country Club on August 2.

This is the eighth year the hotel complex is hosting the Secko championship, which draws karate competitors and experts from all over the Eastern Cape.

The championship has grown to become one of the largest annual events in the province in which participants take part by invitation only.

The contest attracts more than 400 competitors.

As an official event it is run under the auspices of the South African Shotokan Karate Academy and the East Cape Shotokan-Ryu (ECSR).

ECSR organiser Gary Grapentin said the event would feature all styles of karate, all age-groups, grades and categories, and contestants would face each other on tatami mats.

Participants are from Uitenhage, Despatch, Port Alfred, Kenton-on- Sea, Grahamstown, King William’s Town, Fort Beaufort, Somerset East, Port Elizabeth, Cradock and East London. Contact Stefan Ferreira on (041) 583 1968 for more information.

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