Goju Ryu Karate World Championships Sponsorship

As we know in South Africa, getting sponsorship for any combat sport is a struggle. Something our athletes have to deal with everyday. Here is one such example of a lady who eagerly wishes to take part in Goju Ryu Karate World Championships that is taking place in November. 
Asking for sponsorship is also not easy as we never know where to start or who to approach. So with that, I offered to post her article on MMAFundi in hope that she too will be able to fulfill her dream. 
Looking for sponsorship is so difficult in South Africa. Everyone has their own personal issues to deal with.
I have been doing martial arts from the age of 6. I started doing Judo as a youngster. More Recently I started doing Kickboxing and Jiu-Jitsu. Last year, I became curious about karate. So I joined a Goju Ryu dojo in Durbanville. My style of karate is the purest of all karate styles in the world. The style is Okinawan Goju Ryu. The style was created in 1936 in Okinawa by sensei Chojun Miyagi.
Well after only a year later, I have been selected to represent my country at the Goju Ryu Karate World Championships in November 2015.  At my age this is quite remarkable and a once in a lifetime opportunity. I have only been doing Karate for over a year, so this is a tremendous personal accomplishment. The total cost of my tour comes to about R 45 000. This is a huge amount of money to pay to go and represent your country. We are not receiving any government or SASCOC assistance. We are 100 % responsible for the total amount.

I’ve been involved in self-defence workshops to raise funds for the tour. On the 25th of July there will be a fun day at Northpine Technical High School to help raising funds for us. Please send everyone from your clubs to this fun day family event.

The knowledge that I will gain by fighting at the Goju Ryu Karate World Championships will be ploughed back into our little ninja’s. Some of my baby ninjas are severely challenged ranging from autism to brain damage. Through karate they are alive and beating their odds. Teaching them is such a wonderful experience, to see them grow and how confident they get. My fighting knowledge will help them to become better fighters .
I am really hoping that there are some people out there who don’t mind parting from a few bucks to help me get on a plane to go and win my gold medal in New Zealand and help me make my dream come true. Maybe you can donate yourself or know of someone or a company that can help me.
Every little bit helps. Every little bit will be appreciated more than you realise. Please let me know if you are willing to help.

Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Nicolette Morrison-Hagen

At MMAFundi, we believe in leading by example. So we pledge R1000 towards this cause. All the best to Nicolette.


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