The Limpopo Karate Academy (Kyokushin) students performed exceptionally well in their promotional gradings that were held last Saturday in Polokwane.

Over 30 students attended the gradings and also completed tests in their various grades to get promoted. Students performed their prescribed syllabus which comprised basic standing techniques, moving techniques, kata (pattern combination forms) and fighting. The gradings were conducted by the academy’s dojo head and chief instructor, sensei Molefi ‘Koning’ Moloto (3rd dan) and also senpai Kwena ‘Creature’ Mokgehle (2nd dan) as judges.


Students who were promoted to brown belt include Phuti Mokgehle, Denzel Nagel and Lethabo Mochemi. Those who were promoted to green belt include Maleshoane Moloto, Mosima Matlala, Mokhiri Phooko, Onalenna Tshabalala, Katlego Moloto, Josey Phosa and Tshego Mokoena.

Those who were promoted to yellow belt include Abbey Tau, Itumeleng Masemola and Selogadi Masemola.

“I am proud of these students, and what was special about their grading is that it took place at our new venue,” said Sensei Moloto.

Limpopo Karate students


The academy continues to grow from strength to strength after moving to Polokwane CBD at the Polokwane Library. It also has local dojos or branches in Senwabarwana, Lebowakgomo, Molepo, Kwena Moloto and Westernburg. All these branches were well represented at the weekend gradings.

The academy has also federated itself nationally as South African Kyokushin karate academy (SAKKA) with more branches in North West, Tembisa, Winterveld and Soshanguve.

The academy holds classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and is open for anyone between 6- 60 years of age.

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