Alternative sports: Martial arts and TuksSport


Martial arts consist of various sports which largely originate from East Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea and China.

Furthermore, martial arts are characterised by high intensity self-defence and striking styles. Bridget Meso is a third year International Relations student who practices Karate at 3rd level brown belt. She admits that at the beginning of practicing for the first time, “the body will hurt”. However she added that the body will eventually become strong enough “to be able to absorb the pain”. Meso added that martial arts are practiced in a controlled environment, making extensive physical damage a rarity.

Martial arts are revered to have both physical and benefits on the body. Melissa Ferreira, a second year BA Language student practices Muay Thai at intermediate level.

Apart from it being means to control her weight, Ferreira added that “it is really good for peace of mind” as endorphins are released during practice.

Apart from Judo, which UP’s website categorises under “specialised clubs and individual participants”, TuksSport offers more forms of martial art as recreational activity. All martial arts training is offered at the LC de Villiers Sports Campus.


TuksSwimming claim seventh USSA title


In what has turned out to be an unparalleled year of success on the sports field for UP athletes of all disciplines, TuksSwimming have come to be the latest team to expand the University’s trophy cabinet for the year. Spanning the weekend of 22 to 24 September, the team claimed their seventh USSA title overall, in the latest instalment of the Universities Sport South Africa (USSA) swimming championship.

The Gala, which was hosted at the TuksSwimming pool, featured amongst others, young UP talents, Neil Fair and Tatjana Schoenmaker. Fair, having recently represented South Africa at the World Student Games in Taipei as well as at last year’s World Short Course Championships in Canada, was particularly tilted to perform at the tournament. It is then unsurprising that amongst the standout performers for the competition it was Fair who dominated the individual medley events. It was here where Fair claimed a total of six medals, winning both the men’s 200m and 400m races, as well as the 1500m freestyle further finishing second in the 100m and 200m backstroke events, and third in the 50m backstroke. Making the students achievements all the more impressive was Fair’s victory in the 400m individual medley, a new USSA-record with a clocked time of 4:36.09


Sports Update 16 October 2017



TuksAthletics’ cross country athletes won the USSA Cross Country event which was hosted by the Sol Plaatjie University on 29 and 30 September. The gold was a first in their USSA Cross County. Stella Marais won gold, Anuscha Nice attained silver, while Michelle Redelinghuys finished in fifth place.



Assupol TuksCricket won the USSA Cricket Tournament ending on 256/7 in 50 overs, beating the Madibaz by five runs who ended on 251/6 in 50 overs. The final was held on 6 October at the Tuks Oval. The man of the match award went to Craig Kirsten of Assupol-Tuks for his impressing take of 4/77 in ten overs.


Delta Drone Womens 7s team’s impressive 2017 campaign


7’s Rugby, a variation of the fifteen-man game, is currently considered to be one of the fastest growing and most exciting sports in the world. However, it is the traditional men’s variation of the sport which continually receives both sponsorships and global support for the development of the brand of rugby. Women’s participation in traditionally male dominated sporting codes is becoming more widely accepted in the mainstream media and on a global scale. Among those leading the way for this more progressive approach to sport are the UP-Tuks Delta Drone women’s 7’s rugby team. The team, comprised of UP students, is currently regarded as one of the best club sides in the world. This is attributed to the club’s success on a local level, in which players dominate the selection processes for the Blue Bulls provincial side. Even more impressively, the club have been invited to participate in an array of international tournaments in recently due to their ongoing success. This move has claimed them many victories over countries such as Fiji, France, Belgium, the USA and Portugal.


Tuks crowned Varsity Netball champions

On 9 October, UP’s Rembrandt Hall played host to the fifth annual Varsity Netball final, as defending and two-time champions, NWU-Pukke Netball took on TuksNetball.
With the tournament’s top two teams battling it out in front of a packed crowd, it was third time finalists, UP-Tuks, who ultimately went on to overturn what has been an extended period of heartache in the competition ever since its inception in 2013. UP-Tuks beat NWU-Pukke 43-41.


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