Local star continues to climb karateka ranks

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Tyler Hogan from Suid-Natal Martial Arts Academy celebrated another highlight in his budding karate career recently.

The local standout attended the International Shorei Martial Arts black belt grading at the ISMA Hombu Dojo in Glenvista, Johannesburg, where he received his black belt (Cadet Shodan).

“Tyler started karate with me at the age of seven and with hard work and dedication, he has reached this outstanding achievement at the age of 14,” said Ugu Karate chairman and sensei, Coenie Vrey.

Hogan has indeed excelled in his young karate career to date, so much so that he has achieved South African and KwaZulu-Natal colours.

The talented teen’s top accomplishments include winning two medals at the Mozambique Open Championship, bagging bronze at the South African Championship, representing his country at the Commonwealth Championships in India and clinching an Ugu regional title.

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