Karate masters pay tribute to Sonny Pillay

South Africa’s karate giants, Malcolm Dorfman and Norman Robinson, hon KSA president, Sonny Pillay Hanshi.

At a recent gala dinner banquet commemorating South African karate legend Sonny Pillay’s 50 years in the field, two of South Africa’s karate grandmasters, Norman Robinson and Malcolm Dorfman, bestowed the prestigious Global Achievement Award from the Japan Karate Shoto Federation (JKS) to Pillay.

During the keynote address, Robinson paid a glowing tribute to the karate maestro who recently became the first and only South African to be appointed on the WKF board (technical).

He said, “The karate fraternity is extremely proud of the outstanding contribution made by Pillay Hanshi. Moreover, the membership of KSA salutes Sonny for his role played in some way or the other in taking karate to the Olympic stage (Tokyo 2020).”

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The global karate personality who received a standing ovation from the 500 guests who came to show their appreciation for the blood, sweat and tears the karate maestro poured on the karate ‘tatami’ (karate ring),  expressed his delight on receiving the huge honour.

“I am humbled at the respect shown to me by all present at this august gathering. Moreover, it indicates to me the I have made a positive difference in the field of karate, a sport that has been at the centre of my life for the past five decades,” he said.

Pillay has also been invited by the WKF president, Antonio Espinos, to address the WKF Congress in Spain in October which is a first for SA.  He is expected to highlight the appeal for assistance for developing countries for financial and technical support.

Rising Sun Overport

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