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MATSAPHA – He is proving to be the next best thing for the country’s Oyama Kyokushinkaikan Karate.

The 10-year-old champ of champs after winning the under-10 years boys’ category in last Saturday’s STANLIB Eswatini Oyama Karate Champ of Champs 2019 edition, sees himself going beyond the borders through his talent.
That is Sibonelo Dlamini, who won his title after two knockout wins against his only two rivals on the day at the Correctional Services Gymnasium Hall this past Saturday.

He fought against Sandziso Mbhamali and knocked him out before doing same in the final against Brilliant Mlotjwa.


“I had no challenge at all. My opponents were weak but I am glad to defend my title as that was my mission. Even my instructor Sensei Thabo is happy as I had told him this was coming home and I did it. He also trusted me a lot.
“I won the division with knockouts back in June when we had a junior’s tournament and it felt good as that was my first since I started training last year at Vulamasango dojo (club).

‘‘I have dreams to fight outside the country and in the World Cup one day,” he said.


The spin kick master whose moves left fans at the edge of their seats admires world-renowned martial arts instructor in Michael Ward, who is 22 years old with eight years of experience and training in kickboxing. Ward trains cadets and adults in martial arts and kickboxing.

Meanwhile, Dlamini and other fellow winners were presented with trophies by the country’s Oyama association leadership including President Shihan Mfanafuthi Vilakati and the karate federation President Shihan Lucky Thomo and visiting Shihan Noah Bhembe as South Africa also attended the annual tournament.

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