KSA Protea coach receives his sixth degree black belt

Chairman of Karate KZN, Ben Mare Shihan, and president of KSA, Sonny Pillay, honours Brando Pillay Shihan with his black belt diploma from Japan.

KSA Protea head coach (cadets/juniors), Brando Pillay, recently passed his practical test for a sixth degree black belt with flying colours under the close scrutiny of Japanese master Murakami Manabu.

The seasoned tournament fighter turned coach, Brando Shihan has been practicing karate since the tender age of four under the guidance of his father the South African karate legend, Sonny Pillay Hanshi.  

The father and son team have travelled the globe in search of karate technical advancement with several visits to Japan, the Mecca of karate, and to compete in international seminars and tournaments. The Protea coach was presented his sixth degree diploma issued under the hand and seal of the Japanese Grandmaster Kanazawa Soke (10th degree black belt) from KZN Karate president, Ben Mare Shihan, and president of KSA, Sonny Pillay Hanshi.

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The prestigious accolade was bestowed on Brando Shihan at a gala dinner banquet hosted in Durban by the SKISA Alumni  in commemoration of Sonny’s 50 years in the karate field in pursuit of sporting excellence.

“I am delighted that my hard work in the karate field is paying dividends and I am receiving the just reward for my sacrifice over the past 34 years. Moreover being the first official sixth degree ranked black belt under the auspices of Japan’s SKIF world organisation is hugely gratifying especially given that I have dedicated my life to the karate way,” he said.    

Father of Brando Shihan paid a glowing tribute to his protégé. “Brando’s work ethic is sound and consistent hence he has become an overwhelming success in the sport of karate,” said Hanshi Pillay. “I conduct karate classes throughout KZN province,” said the coach.

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