Local karate dojo needs support


THE BIG TIME: Proud sensei, Clive Naido, stands between his karateka, left eight-year-old Shaylee Hilpert, and his daughter, Tazmin Cannon, who was recently awarded the South African colors. The Karate Club is looking for funding to improve the lives of young people in the region

Former local councilor and now a member of the Provincial Legislator (MPL), Jane Cowley has been a strong supporter of Clive Naido’s karate initiative since its inception. Naido provides opportunities for children from all walks of life, no child is turned away if they cannot afford to pay their fees.

Cowley helps subsidize activities like beach workouts for the kids, as some of them might never have such opportunities otherwise. Naido is very motivated and totally committed to teaching karate to these young people. In many cases, this is the only sporting opportunity they have. Karate also teaches discipline and respect which will have a very positive impact on their lives in the future. Many of her students come from broken homes or single parent families, so the sense of inclusion and the experience of discipline and application will help them in their daily lives.

Naido has the opportunity to travel to Cape Town at the end of October to qualify for his fourth dan, which will strengthen his teaching skills and be a real asset to his dojo, called the Karate Club. Cowley took it upon herself to help him raise funds to travel to Cape Town to participate in the dan scoring. She visited the dojo last week to see the kids in action.

“It was a wonderful experience and he has endless patience with the kids,” Cowley said. “I met two of his students who won national awards and received their SA colors. It is an excellent achievement. “

“Clive offers a wonderful opportunity to develop our young people and this is where we as a community can all help. Clive opens a bank account for the dojo and will have a co-signer in place so that all funds can be accounted for. I will write personally to MEC for DSRAC (Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture) to request some form of long term sponsorship for the club. If anyone is willing to donate for Clive’s classification trip to Cape Town at the end of October, please contact me on 072 903 5038.


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