Our instructors are accomplished, high-ranking black belts who take their teaching seriously, especially towards children, combining a comprehensive education in well-established, orthodox karate practice and philosophy with modern sports-orientated competition karate.
Traditional karate is about effective self-defence under all conditions. When we refer to traditional karate, we mean more than just kicks, punches and blocks. Shotokan's founder Gichin Funakoshi emphasized that a fight can end up on the ground, for which you need skills other than kicking, punching and blocking. Karate is an all-encompassing fighting system that includes throwing techniques, strangleholds and joint locks, all of which are found in kata applications. So our program goes much further than other karate approaches. It includes the study of various martial arts, particularly ju-jitsu and judo, both of which teach the use of leverage and correct technique to throw or take an opponent down to the ground, or to immobilize or subdue an opponent by executing a grappling manoeuvre, joint lock or strangle hold. In terms of self-defence, these martial arts assist smaller, weaker people to successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger attacker.
We believe in the benefits of competition, or sport karate. Sport karate helps teach self-discipline, socialization skills, concentration, strict attention, and respect, so lacking in today's society. These benefits collectively help to improve ones general behaviour, conduct and academic performance.
We also believe our method of traditional karate is fundamental to acquiring the necessary skills for effective self-defence in both adults and children. Regardless of age, students develop physical fitness, muscle co-ordination and control, perseverance and mental health.
Examinations for each new belt level are a good exercise in motivation and in setting and achieving goals.
Shotokan Karate South Africa was established in order to address the unique situation faced by South Africans based at the southern part of Africa and to enable them to control their own karate destiny.
Shotokan Karate South Africa maintains its relationship of mutual respect, friendship and co-operation with the World Shotokan Karate-do Federation and its members.
Shotokan Karate South Africa is a highly-disciplined organization that adheres to the traditional way of karate. Many of its senior instructors have received intensive training in Japan and are respected high-graded international instructors in their own right.
The organization's national administrative office is located in the Northern Cape region, with member clubs spread across the country.
SHOTOKAN KARATE SOUTH AFRICA Is controlled by its Shihankai comprised of high-ranking and licensed instructors, assisted by other black belt instructors, all long-serving and committed to the development and promotion of the organization.