The Saint Andrew’s Karate Club, under the leadership of Sensei Richard Lawrence, achieved numerous outstanding results at the Shorin Ryu Nationals, which were held in Pretoria during the school holidays.
Josh McKenzie won the individual Kata in the under-17, green to purple division. Incredibly, Saints Karate Club members filled the top four places in the event.
Reuben Swart placed first in the individual Kata in the under-15 white to orange division, while Josh Lawrence, a former kumite world champion in the Under-14 to Under-17 age group, was first in the black to brown division for under-18.
In weapons’ competition, Josh McKenzie placed first in wooden weapons, under-17, for green to purple, while Josh Lawrence was first with the wooden and bladed weapons in the black division for under-18.
In the individual kumite, Dimpho Letloenyane won the title in the green to purple under-17 division, while Finley Nichols picked up two bronze medals.
At the under-12 level, Tristan du Plessis and Bryce Deutschmann claimed silver medals and Reuben Swart added a bronze to his gold medal, competing together with Molemo Mokoena.
Josh Lawrence ended the Nationals on a high note by claiming the men’s open division trophy in the unison kata.
Photo above: Saints 1-2-3 – caption: Saints Karate Club members Thamil Murugesu, Josh McKenzie and Finlay Nichols claimed the top three places in the under-17 individual kata, green to purple division, at the 2018 Shorin Ryu Nationals.