The Madibaz karate squad will renew a keen rivalry with Walter Sisulu University when the University Sport South Africa tournament is held in Grahamstown later this month.
Hosted by Rhodes on June 28 and 29, the Nelson Mandela University karatekas will be aiming to keep the varsity flag flying high with at least a spot in the top three.
Madibaz Sport karate manager Bernard Petersen said they had enjoyed good competition against their Mthatha counterparts and were looking forward to the annual contest with their Eastern Cape rivals.
“We have had some very close battles with them over the years so that will be an interesting part of the week,” he said.
“One of the disciplines will be full contact, which is a very tough style of fighting with students putting their bodies on the line.
“After a full contact tournament you will find karatekas with various aches and pains. I don’t envy what they go through and it is imperative that you prepare well for this tournament.”
He added that the USSA event was an important platform for