UPDATE ON DUNCAN TWINS TOUR TO BUCHAREST ROMANIA
Jonathan and Jayden competed in the Goju Rju World Championships held in Bucharest, Romania from the 14th - 17th of September 2017. Jayden placed in the top 6 in his respective division. Jonathan fought like an absolute champion and finally brought gold home for South Africa. He is the Goju Rju World Champion in his respective division for 2017. What an absolute champion and what a huge achievement he has attained at the young age of 15. We are very proud of his achievement.
UPDATE ON DUNCAN TWINS BLACK BELT GRADING
Jonathan and Jayden have spent months preparing for their black belt grading and were finally both awarded junior black belt on the 13th of August 2017. Well done my sons.
THE DUNCAN TWINS AND THEIR KARATE HISTORY
Jonathan and Jayden Duncan have been a part of the Karate South African team since the age of 11 and were awarded full Protea colours in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
We have set up this crowd funding page as both boys have been selected to represent South Africa in the WKF All Styles World Tournament to be held in Tenerife, Spain. This is the pre-curser for the junior Olympics next year and other than the Olympics, this is the highest world tournament for a Karate athlete to compete in. They are both ranked number 1 in South Africa in All Styles in their respective divisions. Even so, unfortunately, although they are representing their country, the trip to Tenerife is fully self funded. There is no financial support given by either the Federation or the SASCOC Ministry of Sport. This is where we are requesting financial assistance in any way or any amount to help us get our boys to Tenerife, Spain.
Jonathan and Jayden are top SA athletes and have shown their talent and commitment to the sport of karate since the age of 11. The WKF World tournament will give them huge exposure on the international arena as well as international experience to help them get to the next level in their karate training and competing and hopefully take them on to the Olympics. They have both worked so hard to get to this point and have been training almost everyday along with training for black belt preparation grading which they will be attending during the second week of August 2017. Below is a list of their achievements to date :
In 2013 :
- they participated in the Commonwealth Games in Montreal, Canada. Jayden came second in his division competing with athletes from 56 other countries.
- they also competed in Zone 6 Âfrican Union Tournament in Botswana where they placed first and second to bring a gold and silver home for South Africa.
In 2014 :
- they competed in the Zone 6 African Union Continental Tournament in Namibia where they both placed 1st in their respective divisions. They competed against athletes from 8 other African countries to take gold.
In 2015 :
- they were both invited to attend the Youth World Cup held in Croatia, a training camp and international tournament where they both placed in the top 6 in their respective divisions, competing against athletes from all over the world.
- they once again competed in the Zone 6 African Union SC Continental Tournament held in Johannesburg where they both placed first.
In 2016 :
- they competed in Zone 6 African Union SC Continental Championships which were held in Zimbabwe and once again they both brought home gold.
- they were also invited to attend a training camp in Belgium. They were a squad of only 4 athletes invited from South Africa to attend this training camp with the one of the best coaches in the world.
In 2017 :
- Jonathan Duncan brought home gold for South Africa and was crowned the Goju Rju World Champion in his respective division in the Goju Rju World Championships held in Bucharest, Romania from 14 - 17 September 2017.
- Jayden Duncan achieved a place in the top 6 in his respective division in the Goju Rju World Championships held in Bucharest, Romania from 14 - 17 September 2017.
- Both boys attained their junior black belts in August 2017.
- We are hoping and believing that they will be able to attend the World Championships in Tenerife Spain from 22 - 30 October.
AND...in the not too distant future we are hoping and believing that Jonathan and Jayden Duncan will have what it takes to be selected for the Olympics as karate has now been accepted into the Olympics as a competitive sport.
These boys are very talented and have worked very hard to get where they have. Being ranked number 1 in their respective divisions in South Africa is an achievement in itself, but now Jonathan also holds the title of Goju Rju World Champ. This is just incredible and I believe if they continue working and training as hard as they do, there will be more prestigious titles coming their way.
We just want to thank each and every one of you who have assisted with funding for the Tenerife tour to date. We really appreciate all the assistance so far.