Fish Hoek’s Aliveya Adams, 19, is ready to kick some butt in the 2020 Kimura Shukokai International South Africa South (KSISAS) 2020 Karate World championships in March.
She was thrilled when she recently secured a place on the national team.
“When I first heard the news it took a while for it to sink in but then I was so happy,” she says.
Aliveya started karate at the Lakeside Karate Academy when she was 12.
“My mom and dad encouraged me to do it as they wanted me to be able to defend myself.”
And while she was not too keen on the first few classes she quickly became a fan of the sport.
“I love karate now and can’t imagine my life without it. It teaches you patience and discipline and I am definitely able to defend myself now.”
She will compete in the kumite under-21 category at the world championships. Kumite is fighting against an opponent within a set of rules while
kata is a demonstration of techniques against an imaginary opponent.
The world championships are at GrandWest Casino from Monday July 13 to Saturday July 18 and due to karate not being a sponsored sport in South Africa, participants have to fund
their own entry, training, accommodation, equipment and all costs associated with the tournament.
According to Aliveya, R20 000 is needed to participate in the tournament.
She matriculated from Fish Hoek High School last year and is studying fashion design at CPUT in Cape Town.
To raise funds for the tournament, she has started her own range of moonbags, Aliveya’s Street Style fashion, which range from R120 to R180 a bag depending on its size as well as a BackaBuddy campaign.
Instructor and owner of the academy, Dylan Hammergren, says Aliveya is a hard worker and very dedicated and the world championships will be a good experience and learning curve for her.
Aliveya needs sponsorships in the form of KSI-approved training gear or monetary contributions. Should you wish to buy a moonbag, contact her at
email@example.com or call her at 074 443 9606 or visit her BackaBuddy campaign atwww.backabuddy.co.za/aliveya-adams
For more information about the championships, call the academy at 021 788 8196.