It was a proud moment indeed for karate legend, Eric ‘Hanshi’Govender, when he proudly displayed his new international rank eighth Dan black belt Hachidan bestowed upon him, recently.
Eric Govender is the founder, president and chief instructor of IFFSKSA, which was established in 1984 with affiliated branches all over the world.
Remarkably, Govender has been practicing karate for over 49 years. He started from very humble beginnings, practicing judo and karate as a young boy, under the leadership of the late Robbie Reddy and late Subbiah Naidoo, in Bayview Chatsworth. He trained in the dojo known as ‘Raku’.
Speaking about his accomplishment, he said, “This rank of eight Dan awarded to me by a living legend of karate in the world today, Kancho Kenneth Funakoshi (10th Dan), makes my journey of blood sweat and tears for 49 years very gratifying.”
The officials and senseis of IFFSKSA further congratulated Govender and expressed how proud they were of him in ascertaining such an achievement.
“Moreover, I wish to place on record that I will always be eternally grateful to all those loyal karatekas, parents, officials, karate colleagues and of course, my immediate family who remain my pillars of strength. They stood by me throughout this intriguing karate journey,” he added.
Govender was also placed in the Karate Hall of Fame in South Africa for his contributions toward the upliftment of the sport in the country and is highly respected by many in the karate fraternity.
IFFSKSA senseis from all provinces and officials will honour Eric Govender at a grand ceremony at the 34th Funakoshi Cup Championship, which will be held on Saturday, August 25 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.