Members of the World Shotokan Karate Federation (WSKF) South Africa recently returned from Japan where they attended the 12th WSKF World Karate Championships.

 

Seminar

During the two weeks the team spent in Japan, members also attended a rigorous three-day karate seminar presented by renowned karate master and World Chief Instructor WSKF, Kasuya Sensei. During the seminar members got the opportunity to train with top karateka from around the world.

Dan grading

Another highlight of this trip was definitely the dan gradings which were held after the seminar. Kasuya Sensei once again conveyed his satisfaction with the excellent standard of our members who graded. Congratulations to Martin Pretorius Sensei who graded to Yondan (4th Dan), and Muhammad Lala, Tristan Basel and Zanro Burger who graded to Shodan (1st Dan).

Their performance in these gradings exhibited good technique and karate spirit and drew many positive responses from the attendees from other countries. We congratulated the karateka expressing the hope that they will endeavour to train harder so as to achieve their goals in karate.

Referees course

Senior members, Mike Sensei, Andrio Sensei and Martin Sensei completed a high-level referee course. They officiated during the World Championships where they executed their refereeing duties in an outstanding manner.

Championships

The championships, which were held at the Tokyo Budokan - the world famous arena for martial arts - went well for most of our members.

The standard of the competitors, representing 35 countries, was very high.

Congratulations to all WSKF South Africa team members who once again showed that the standard of our karate is comparable to the best in the world and whose excellent behaviour gained us a lot of respect from our hosts and the other competitors.

Congratulations also to the following members on their individual achievements:

Bryan Sensei              Silver medal in Men’s Open Kata
Simone Sensei            Silver medal in Women’s Kumite
Elize Sensei                Bronze medal in Women’s Veteran Kata
Jéan Roodt                 Competed in the finals of the Men’s Open Kata


And then two exceptional achievements that made us all very proud:

•   Mike Sensei was awarded a medal as “ Best Referee”  at the Championships.

•   WSKF South Africa received the trophy for “Best Branch 2015”.

Congratulations to all who helped to make this achievement a reality. WSKF South Africa is very proud of this achievement.


 

Sayonara party

After the championships Kasuya Sensei and his staff hosted a prestigious function on the 58th floor of the Sunshine Prince Hotel in Ikebukuro in celebration of the 25th year anniversary of WSKF. This event was attended by dignitaries and team members from the participating countries.

More training and some sightseeing

The team members also got the opportunity to attend a few special training sessions -amongst others with the University Team in Yokohama. Some of the members were also privileged to meet Ibusuki Sensei. A true legend and one of the few remaining students of Gichin Funakoshi - the founder of Shotokan Karate.

Tokyo is a beautiful city to explore and in the little free time we had everyone enjoyed some really good times, eating out, shopping and exploring Tokyo and surrounds. Amongst many others we visited Meiji Shrine, Kamakura (where there is a memorial to Gichin Funakoshi), Asakusa and Harajuku (a favourite shopping and hang-out spot for teenagers).

This was truly an unforgettable experience and I am sure that all the tour members will want to extend a special thank you to our Shihankai and especially Sensei Mike and Sensei Bryan who made this trip of a lifetime a reality. Domo arigato gozaimasu!

The future

We received the exciting news that Kasuya Sensei will be visiting South Africa in May 2016. This will present a unique opportunity to train with - and even for some to grade with – our WSKF Chief Instructor.

We are looking forward to the next WSKF World Championships in 2017. The team selected to participate in this event should be announced early in the New Year. There are only limited number of places available so be sure to start training now and book early.

We are proud to announce that the following people conducted their Dan grading in Japan.

Their standard was high and this was notice amongst all countries.


Yondan:          Martin Pretorius Sensei

Shodan:         Muhammad Lala

                      Tristan Basel

                      Zanro Burger

Well done to these karateka’s and we hope that they will endeavour to train harder so as to aspire there goals in karate.

IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE THAT WE ANNOUNCE THAT 2 OF OUR MEMBERS EXCELLED IN THE WORLD YOUTH KARATE GAMES HELD IN CROATIA RECENTLY.

This is the biggest karate tournament for Children, Youth and Cadets in the world. These championships are hosted by WKF (World Karate Federation) which is the World All Styles Karate Body, recognised by the Olympic committee.

Brandon Shepherd won a Bronze Medal in the Under 21 Kumite Division.

Lebo Matshwaneng won a Bronze Medal in the Children’s Friendship Kumite Challenge.

This is the first time since 1994 that a member from Sedibeng has finished among the top 3 athletes. This is huge achievement for WSKF and Dukas Karate Institute.

Brandon now has his eye fixed on being selected for the South African team in 2020 when karate will make its’s first ever appearance in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

 

 

Congratulations to Lebohang Motshweneng on being awarded Karate Protea Colours.

Lebo is a true karate champion on and off the karate floor. He is passionate about karate and always trains to the best of his ability, and is a true inspiration to his fellow karateka. Lebo will now travel to Croatia with the South African Karate Team to take part in the World Youth Championships (all styles). We wish him every success at this event. We know that Lebo will make us proud!!

Two other wonderful karate champions from Dukas Karate Institute were also awarded Protea Colours and will also be competing in Croatia. Wenette Jordaan and Brandon Shepherd. We are just as proud of these two super karateka. Good luck to Wenette and Brandon.

We wish you every success at the championships.