Denzil Govender, 6th Dan – International Karate Daigaku South Africa
Sensei Denzil Govender (6th Dan Shotokan) is currently the Head and Chief Instructor of IKD in South Africa.
Sensei Denzil Govender has been practicing Karate for the past 27 years, he began his training at the age of 7 years old under SKIF. He came from a poor background and often did odd jobs to pay his dojo fees. Through dedication and perseverance he earned his Shodan Black Belt at the tender age of just 14 years old, under Hanshi Sonny Pillay. He thereafter also had the privilege of practising Shito-ryu karate where he earned his 1st, 2nd & 3rd Dan Diplomas under Soke Tamas Weber – Sanshin-Kan Sweden. He has thus far recently Graded to 6th Dan In Shotokan under Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai.
In his karate career he had received many Accolades and Titles on the Tatami, Provincial to National Colours. In 2001 he had received the Silver Award by the Regional Chief Director Of the Kwa – Zulu Natal Department of Education & Culture for Karate. He has worked together with various Community Councillors and the South African Police Services in the development and upliftment of Disadvantaged children and Abused Women. Sensei Denzil has had the privilege in training with many Masters of Karate, such as Hirokazu Kanazawa , Soke Tamas Weber , Sensei R.Koga , Shihan Manabu Murakami , of which was extremely beneficial to him as he is currently parting his knowledge to fellow karatekas.
Karate has become a family orientated sport for his wife, Sensei Wendy Govender – who currently holds the rank of 2nd Dan (Secretary General of IKD South Africa – who Also teaches self – defence workshops and gives motivational talks to abused women & children), his son Tristan Govender who holds the rank of 1st Dan and his daughter Kirtana Govender who holds the rank of a purple belt in karate.
Sensei Denzil Govender believes that karate is a dynamic sport which positively develops oneself mentally and physically, and he urges both young and old to take on the art of karate and reap its benefits as you never too old to learn something new.