Martial arts at Wits in a class of its own

The Wits Dojang team pose with their 17 medals following a gruelling outing at the recent SA National Korean Martial Arts championships in Potchefstroom.

 

The Wits Martial Arts Dojang (club) has enjoyed a stellar year on the karate mat.

The club has raked in a flurry of 140 medals, from October last year at the recent South African National Korean Martial Arts championships in Potchefstroom, North West.

The team managed a total of 17 medals in Potchefstroom, to go with its haul of 16 medals from the 2017 SA Korean Martial Arts Gauteng championships, and 31, 42 and 34 from the 2017 Arnold Classic Africa All-Styles championships, the 2017 SA Combat Tang Soo Do and Haedong Kumdo championships and the 2016 World Martial Arts Games, respectively.

“It’s fulfilling to have to do the best you possibly can, after months of training, and be happy with how you performed,” said Wits student and chairperson of the Wits Tang Soo Do club, Tanita Ramburuth-Hurt, who’s managed nine gold medals in that period.

Ramburuth-Hurt harbours the belief that physical and mental preparation are intertwined. She said Hwang Kee, founder of Tang Soo Do, among other martial arts forms, captures this sentiment best through his teachings.

“Physically, preparation [going into all the tournaments] was standard Tang Soo Do preparation for me. It included hard training twice a week at the Wits Dojang, and a couple more times a week in my own time.

“Mentally, I’ve found that if I go out and enjoy what I’m doing [rather] than worry about whether it will get me a medal, helps to not let the nerves overcome me. Of course this does mean that I have to know my forms and moves, 100 percent, so I also don’t have to worry about messing them up.”

Wits Martial Arts coach, Gregory Hart, added, ”These results are no surprise due to the hard work the Wits club always does in preparation for tournaments. Its commitment is laudable and it’s wonderful to see them perform and succeed so admirably at any national event featuring all the Korean styles.”

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