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Fighters win 34 medals

A group of 12 fighters of Rohan Verwey Martial Arts and Karate for Kids (RVMA) Bloemfontein and Polokwane, including chief instructor and school owner Rohan Verwey, competed at the South African Korean Martial Arts Association (Sakmaa) national champion­ship event in Potchefstroom on 25 and 26 August.

Verwey said this event was a big tournament on national level and the fighters were met by fierce competitors.

“My students competed in traditional forms, traditional weapon forms, sparring, continuous sparring, combat weapon sparring and creative board breaking,” said Verwey.

“We brought home 34 medals: 12 gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze. We have six national champions.

Some students are champions in more than one division. Lamell Strampe (2), Amone Verwey (2), Wihan Deyzel (2), Carl Richards (2) and Rohan Verwey (3) were all champions in more than one division, while Andrea du Preez was a winner in one division.

“They put in many hours of training and it paid off. I am extremely proud of each one of them. They went out on those floors and gave it their all,” said Verwey.

“It touches my heart when they receive their medals and they have those big smiles on their face.

“We at ATA RVMA believe that to compete is to win – and today not possible, tomorrow possible.

“This means that whether you have won a medal or not, or whether you are a champion or not, you have already won by just competing, and if you do not win a medal this time around, the possibility is there that you may win one in the next tournament, if you go back and train harder and smarter.”

Verwey said they taught their students much more than just martial arts and self-defence.

“We teach them self-discipline, perseverance, respect, attitude, loyalty, integrity, goal setting, nobility and so much more.

“We are contributing to, and strive to build on, our students’ character and are creating leaders for the future.

“We have a Tiger programme for toddlers three to six years; a karate for kids programme for children seven to 12 years; teens fall in the age group 15 to 17 years; and we have a programme for adults.”

Get more information from Verwey at 072-398-0098.

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