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New World Shotokan karatekas grab medals at nationals

Megane Potgieter won six medals, while sensei Chris Martin scooped a bronze.

The New World Shotokan (NWS) karate’s Megane Potgieter won six medals, while sensei Chris Martin grabbed a bronze in kata during the NWS National Championships in Wynberg, Cape Town, on May 3.

Potgieter scooped three silvers, one in kata and two in kumite in her age and grade, and three bronze in a division higher than her age and grade.

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The NWS Kempton Park dojo karateka also received the award for best cadet and a trophy to add to her list of accolades in the competition.

Martin, a fourth dan and member of the Benoni dojo, won his bronze in the senior men’s kata.

“We are very proud of them and the rest of the team that went down to Cape Town,” said the NWS chief instructor, sensei John Barnett (eighth dan).

The senior instructor, sensei Janien Potgieter (sixth dan), added, “It’s not the medal that makes you a good karateka. It’s the time and dedication you put in that makes you a good karateka.”

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The completion saw about 80 competitors from the Western Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape.

Gauteng was represented by karatekas from the Vaal, Benoni and Kempton Park.

The club’s next championships are on August 3 in Brakpan.

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