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Success at Year End Karate Grading – 2019

Students from the Cobras Shotokan Karate club in Brackenhurst recently attended the Club’s final grading for the year. It was a very tough grading, but all students did exceptionally well to pass to their next belt levels. Senior Instructors, Sensei’s Laurent and Nicholas, plus assistant instructors Sensei’s Andrea, Kaylee and Amy are all very proud of the club’s exceptional standard. The Cobras Shotokan Karate club train on Monday & Wednesday evenings 17.30 – 18.30 at Glenview Primary School in Brackenhurst. (For more information, please contact Sensei Laurent 082 494 2704 or Sensei Nicholas 082 302 8637).

Alberton Karate Prize Giving – 2019

The Cobras Shotokan Karate club in Brackenhurst, Alberton hosted their 2019 Year end Prize Giving to award medals and trophies to the club’s top achievers for the year. This was the Club’s 24th annual prize giving and Sensei Laurent and Sensei Nicholas, the Senior Instructors of the Club, were very proud to hand over the 15 Floating trophies and numerous other trophies and medals for the individuals who excelled over the year.
(The Cobras Shotokan Karate club train on Monday & Wednesday evenings 17.30 – 18.30 at Glenview Primary School in Brackenhurst. For more information, please contact Sensei Laurent 082 494 2704 or Sensei Nicholas 082 302 8637).

Alberton Karateka off to WUKF World Championships – June 2019

Five members from the Cobras Shotokan Karate Club in Alberton have been selected to compete at the year’s World Union of Karate-do Federations (WUKF) World Championships being held in Slovakia, from 20-23 June 2019. A lot of hard training is already underway and the Club wishes them all of the best for these championships.
The Cobras Shotokan Karate club train at Glenview Primary School in Brackenhurst on Monday and Wednesday evenings 17.30 – 18.30. For more information, please contact Sensei Laurent 082 494 2704 or Sensei Nicholas 082 302 8637. Alternatively visit our website www.albertonkarate.co.za


Photo – From left to right
Back: Joshua Baloyi, Makoena Maona, Sensei Laurent Gaston-Bellegarde, Bokang Sigasa and Juan Crous

Alberton Karate Medal Winners – May 2019

Students from the Cobras Shotokan Karate club in Alberton recently took part at the ISKF Lenasia All Styles Karate tournament, held on Saturday 4 May 2019. 14 students from the club took part and returned home with a total of 27 medals. The Sensei’s are very proud of these outstanding achievements.


Front (Left to Right): Jordan Pothiah (2 x Bronze), Matthew Pothiah (2 x Bronze), Bokamoso Makhene (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver), Tyler Holm(2 x Silver) and Bokang Sigasa (1 x Gold),
Back (Left to right): Sensei Nicholas Gaston-Bellegarde, Zoey Holm (2 x Silver), Hayden Fish (2 x Bronze), Kieran Fish(1 x Gold), Sensei Andrea Tiedt, Ryan Hovell-Erasmus (1 x Silver, 1 x Bronze), Juan Crous (2 x Silver), Darshal Chinia (2 x Gold), Javier Chinia (2 x Gold, 1 x Silver) and Sensei Laurent Gaston-Bellegarde.

Alberton Karate Medal Winners – April 2019

Students from the Cobras Shotokan Karate club in Alberton recently took part at the Goju-Ryu All Styles tournament, held in Pretoria on 13 April 2019. 8 students from the club took part and returned home with a total of 15 medals. The Sensei’s are very proud of the outstanding achievements of these students.


Front (Left to Right): Bokang Sigasa (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver), Bokamoso Makhene (2 x Silver), Makoana Maona (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver) and Alexander Aucamp (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver).
Back (Left to right): Sensei Nicholas Gaston-Bellegarde, Musa Sono (2 x Gold), Ryan Hovell-Erasmus (1 x Silver), Juan Crous (2 x Silver), Joshua Baloyi (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver) and Sensei Laurent Gaston-Bellegarde.

SASKA SA Championship Medals for Alberton Karate – March 2019

Students from the Cobras Shotokan Karate club in Brackenhurst recently took part at the South African Shotokan Karate Academy (SASKA) National Championships which took place in Pretoria on 22 & 23 March 2019. This was a very well attended event and not only Shotokan karate clubs took part, but selected clubs from other styles were also invited to attend. The Cobras club reigned superior at this tournament and returned home with a total of 92 medals amongst the 37 students from the club who took part.
The Cobras club won the Strongest Club of the tournament and also walked away with all 4 of the Top Achiever Trophies for the tournament: Best Senior Male (Nicholas Gaston-Bellegarde), Best Senior Female (Andrea Tiedt), Best Junior Male (Reatlegile Moleleki) and Best Junior Female (Amy Howard).


Front (Left to Right): Alexander Aucamp (1 x Silver), Alex Holm (1 x Gold, 1 x Bronze), Bokang Sigasa (2 x Gold, 1 x Silver, 1 x Bronze), Makoena Maona (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver), Bokamoso Makhene (2 x Gold, 1 x Silver, 1 x Bronze), Augusto Kentsop (1 x Gold, 1 x Bronze) and Lesego Diphoko (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver)
Row 2 (Left to Right): Tiana Figueiredo (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver, 1 x Bronze), Liana Gouveia (1 x Gold, 2 x Silver, 1 x Bronze), Hayden Fish (1 x Gold, 2 x Silver, 1 x Bronze), Jaiveer Chinia (2 x Gold), Zoey Holm (1 x Gold), Joshua Baloyi (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver) and Sensei Laurent Gaston-Bellegarde (2 x Gold).
Row 3 (Left to right): Sensei Nicholas Gaston-Bellegarde (3 x Gold), Kieran Fish (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver, 2 x Bronze), Daniel van Wyk (1 x Gold, 1 x Bronze), Kishan Chetty (1 x Bronze), Dario Gouveia (2 x Gold, 1 x Silver), Juan Crous (3 x Gold, 1 x Bronze), and Darshal Chinia (1 x Silver).
Back (Left to Right): Zita Gouveia (3 x Silver), Kaylee Beine (1 x Bronze), Ryan Hovell-Erasmus (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver), Tian Venter (2 x Bronze), Reatlegile Moleleki (3 x Gold, 2 x Silver), and Andrea Tiedt (3 x Gold, 1 x Silver).
Absent: Joshua Sheriff (1 x Silver), Evan Sheriff (1 x Silver, 1 x Bronze), Samukelisiwe Madonsela (2 x Gold, 2 x Silver), Musa Sono (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver), Andries du Toit (1 x Bronze), Waydon Joemath (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver, 1 x Bronze), Marelize Howard (2 x Gold, 2 x Silver) and Amy Howard (3 Gold, 2 x Silver).

World Championship Medals for Alberton Karate – 2018

The World Union of Karate-Do Federations (WUKF) recently held the 7th World Karate Championships for all ages, in Dundee, Scotland from 14-17 June 2018. The event was a huge success attended by over 2 000 athletes from 42 different countries. Competition was fierce and divisions were huge, but nothing stood in the way of the Team members representing SASKA South Africa, from the Cobras Shotokan Karate Club in Alberton.

Six members from the Cobras Club attended this World Championship and they returned home with 5 medals in total. Medallists were Senior Instructor Sensei Laurent Gaston-Bellegarde (2 x Bronze Medals – Veteran Men’s Individual Kata & Kumite), Sensei Andrea Tiedt (1 x Silver Medal – Senior Ladies Team Kumite and 1 x Bronze Medal – Ladies Individual Kumite) and Zita Gouveia – 1 x Silver Medal – Senior Ladies Team Kumite).


Back:Senior Instructor Sensei Nicholas Gaston-Bellegarde, Sensei Andrea Tiedt, Zita Gouveia, Reatlegile Moleleki, Senior Instructor Sensei Laurent Gaston-Bellegarde
Front: Bokamoso Makhene.

Pretoria North all Style’s Shorin Ryu Shorinkan Competition – 2018