Local karate golden girl

Wenette Jordaan. Photo: Supplied

A Tuks student recently took part in the prestigious Karate South Africa Elite and Open Championships in Durban.

This championship is renowned for attracting the strongest karate talent in the country as athletes fight to maintain their position on the national ranking list.

Wenette Jordaan achieved a double gold victory in the Senior Open Ladies Kata and Senior Open Ladies Kumite events.

This division is not Jordaan’s normal division as she still falls in the u.21 category.

She was able to out-perform her senior athletes to receive this double victory.

Jordaan also managed to receive double bronze in the u.21 Elite Ladies Kata and u.21 Elite Ladies Kumite divisions, resulting in a total medal count of four for the day.

Jordaan grew up in Vereeniging and started her karate career at the Dukas Karate Institute at the age of eight.

For the next 10 years, Jordaan trained under the expert guidance of Bryan Dukas Sensei (5th Dan).

It is through his technical expertise and guidance that Jordaan was able to develop into the strong karateka she is today.

The Dukas Karate Institute is affiliated to the World Shotokan Karate Federation (WSKF), which falls under the auspices of Mike Dukas Sensei (7th Dan) in South Africa.

At the age of 18, Jordaan relocated to Pretoria to start her studies.

Wishing to maintain her affiliation to WSKF, she joined local karate school Kime Karate in Hennopspark, Centurion.

This school is run by Simone Roig y Collado Sensei (4th Dan).

Jordaan has been training at this karate school for the last two years and has continued to achieve in various karate competitions.

The next event on her calendar is the WSKF World Karate Championships that will take place in Tokyo, Japan, in August.

Kime Karate also sent another two students to the Karate South Africa Elite and Open Championships this year.

Both these students also excelled.

Mark Coetzer placed 3rd in the Senior Open Men’s Kumite division and 4th in the Senior Elite Men’s Kata division.

Carien Hartzenberg placed 2nd in the Veteran’s Open Ladies Kata division.

Kime Karate is a karate school operating in Centurion and offers classes for all ages.


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