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Martial arts club to reopen

In February 2019 the first Ring Contact Fighting Arts International (RCFAI) club in the Western Cape opened its doors in Gordon’s Bay.

It was introduced by Sensei Gert Kotzee, president of RCFAI Western Cape and vice president of RCFAI South Africa, who moved to this area during late 2018.

He said they had started strongly with clubs opening in Gordon’s Bay, Paarl and Strand and sought to build a strong presence in the province.

“Unfortunately, due to the lockdown, we had to close down the Strand and Paarl clubs temporarily, and now we have a view to re-opening in 2021,” said Kotzee, who expressed dismay at the negative impact across all sports this year. “But the Gordon’s Bay Club will be opening on 5 October,” he said, adding that for now only current members will be allowed to attend as current restrictions do not allow for new registrations.

Kotzee explained that Ring Contact Fighting Arts was developed by Master Joe Viljoen who is the current International President. RCFAI got International recognition in 1984 and National recognition in 1987. It is a combination of five sporting codes that include; boxing (for hand techniques), karate (for kicking techniques), judo and wrestling for hold downs, strangles and arm locks, and ballet for balance.

Kotzee, or Sensei Gert, is tasked to develop RCFAI in the Western Cape, and to identify potential future instructors. Students currently in the RCFAI trainee instructor programme are Angelique Nunez and Gabriel Herbst, who will take part in a grading during December 2020 to officially become trainee instructors.

Before the lockdown the Western Cape RCFAI team participated in Jungle War IX in Pretoria, which consisted of eight students from Paarl and Gordon’s Bay RCFAI clubs.

They proudly came back with seven first, one second and one third place.

Two students from the Gordon’s Bay RCFAI club obtained double gold and were crowned RCFAI champions in their divisions.

Gabriel Herbst and Alex Hon excelled in semi-contact fighting and the series divisions.

The Gordon’s Bay club is now looking to re-open its doors 5 October, but if the current lockdown restrictions still apply by then, there will be no openings for new students as classes will be limited to eight students per class.

“It is a difficult and challenging period because we are so determined to grow this sport and give everybody the opportunity to learn new skills and equip them with self-defence skills,” said Kotzee.

Classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 19:15 to 20:15 at Bay Fitness Gym at The Village Plaza Gordon’s Bay.

For more information, contact Sensei Gert on 071 563 7341.

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