Despite leaving some members behind due to lack of funding, the Wits Tang-Soo-Do scooped 17 medals in national tournament held in Potchefstroom.

The Wits Tang-Soo-Do Club excelled in a two-day tournament held in Potchefstroom earlier this month, winning 17 medals in total.

Proud medal winners from the Wits Tang-Soo-Do pose for Wits Vuvuzela Photo: Gypseenia Lion

More than 250 competitors took part in the South African Korean Martial Arts National Championships on August 5- 6.

The Wits Tang-Soo-Do (TSD) club scooped three gold, four silver and 10 bronze medals across all categories. The Wits Club has approximately 35-40 members only 11 were able to compete in the tournament, but that was not a major loss, as the team managed to maintain a high standard with nine students walking away with medals.

Gregory Hart, the Wits coach, said: “We need to work towards getting more of our students to be able to attend these events because we left a few of our strong athletes behind just because of finances and transport issues.”

Combat Tang-Soo-Do is a traditional Korean martial art that includes weapons, empty-hand fighting, empty-hand forms and patterns. The tournament also included Korean sword art, known as Haedong Kumdo, which is a separate martial art focusing on swords.

Core values of martial arts includes self-control, self-discipline and respect for the art and other people. Practitioners seek to stop an attacker with strikes as quickly as possible to prevent harm.
Nineteen-year-old bachelor of science student Anushka Monema, who won two gold medals, said the tournament was challenging as there was a lot of competition.

She enjoys martial arts because the lessons learned become a philosophy of life. “Through martial arts my discipline and character have been strengthened because you are pushed to your limit and beyond your boundaries. It’s either you break or become something better and stronger than you have been before,” she said.

With one more tournament left, chairman of the Wits TSD, Kim Lucas, said he is pleased with the performance of the team throughout the year and anticipates that a number of students will be selected to represent South Africa at the World Champions in 2018.

“We have managed to get a number of medals across all divisions, which is something we haven’t done in the past, but judging by the results that we are getting on a national level we will get a few people who will qualify for the World Championships next year,” he said.


Master Gregory Hart hopes that more students will be able to compete in future tournaments. Photo: Gypseenia Lion


Wits Tang-Soo-Do results:

Category: Forms

Nkhabu Robert Makoloane, Male, Silver

Byron Tyres, Male, Bronze

Anushka Monema, Female, Gold

Category: Wooden Weapons

Nkhabu Robert Makoloane, Male, Silver

Tanita Ramburuth-Hurt, Female, Silver

Byron Tyres, Male, Gold

Category: Point Sparring

Byron Tyres, Male, Bronze

Makgabo Mohopo, Female, Bronze

Anushka Monema, Female, Gold

Jichandre Sambo, Male, Bronze

Category: Continuous Sparring

Byron Tyres, Male, Bronze

Anushka Monema, Female, Bronze

Jichandre Monema, Male, Bronze

Lehlohonolo Motho, Male, Bronze

Category: Combat Weapons

Byron Tyres, Male, Bronze

Lehlohonolo Motho, Male, Bronze

No medals were earned in the Bladed Weapons Catergory

(Provided by the Wits Tang-Soo-Do)


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