A tribute to the late Shihan Sabela and new elected head of IKO Matsushima South Africa -President Zuma’s speech at World Cup:
“I believe that this tournament is also in a way a fitting tribute to the late Great Shihan Sabela in the first place and Branch Chief Khanyisani Mazibuko for all their efforts in bringing the International Karate Organisation (IKO) World Cup to South Africa.
Shihan Alpheous Sabela, a man of this province and from Inanda, around Durban, made an enormous contribution to the sport of karate over many years.
He started training karate in the early 1970s, and established many karate schools or Dojos. He went on to become one of the best in the sport internationally.
A recipient of international awards, he was also instrumental in the establishment of the annual Jacob Zuma Karate Cup.
It is proper therefore that we remember him on this occasion, as one of our national and international heroes in this sporting code”.
AT a national IKO Matsushima meeting held at Honbu, Durban today Shihan Khanyisani Mazibuko unanimously nominated and voted in as new Head of IKO Matsushima South Africa. There were no objections which is a clear indication the vote of confidence of all the Karatekas at meeting.There is no doubt that Shihan Mazibuko’s exceptional leadership capabilities, karate experience and business acumen will grow IKO Matsushima to new heights.
Shihan Sabela’s legacy will continue! OSU!
HEAD OF IKO MATSUSHIMA SHIHAN SABELA HAS BEEN LAID TO REST TODAY. MANY KARATEKAS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS ATTENDED THE FUNERAL SERVICE AT THE CITY HALL DURBAN TODAY. THE KARATEKAS RULED THE DURBAN STREETS TODAY AND THEIR CHANTING AND SINGING IN MEMORY OF SHIHAN COULD BE HEARD ALL THE WAY. WALKED/RUN FROM HONBU TO CITYHALL, THEN FROM CITY HALL TO MOSQUE, THEN TO BEREA CEMETERY.
SHIHAN SABELA’S LEGACY WILL CONTINUE AND THE ATTENDANCE TODY WAS AN INDICATION OF THE GREATNESS OF SHIHAN SABELA. AS SHIHAN MAZIBUKO MENTIONED THAT HE SHOULD BE A PROFESSOR IN TERMS OF KARATE EXPERIENCE.
SHIHAN REI! OSU -THE GREAT KARATE MASTER YOU WILL BE MISSED. REST IN PEACE.
report by Sensei Hein Kritzinger:
Shihan Sabela tragically passed away tonight at the IKO Matsushima,HONBU – KZN, SOUTH AFRICA.
Shihan Sabela my Karate master, my hero, mentor and personal friend. I will miss you dearly, OSU! Rest in Peace!
Condolences to his family and friends,Shihan Mazibuko and Honbu students who have tried their utmost to resuscitate Shihan Sabela. Shihan Sabela’s Kyokushin karate legacy will continue!
Hamba Kahle Shihan – rest in peace! Shihan rei!OSU
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