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Solis Ortus at Dragon’s Challenge

On Saturday, 6 April 2019 Solis Ortus karateka supported Sensei Michelle Singh at her annual Dragon’s Challenge. The tournament was held at the Mandeville Sports Centre in Johannesburg and provided an interesting change in seating arrangements.

The Solis Ortus team and supporters (also known as parents) arrived in high spirits and occupied the first floor with chairs, blankets, pillows and karate gear all over. To say the least, we made ourselves at home and owned the place.

All Solis Ortus competitors had an awesome tournament and made their time count on the tatami. Katas were strong and the kumite was fierce. The whole team rallied behind each other. Everyone had an exhilarating day.

The tournament ended with the highlight fights of the day – the team event for the Dragon’s Cup. Our Solis Ortus team was ready that consisted of age divisions 9 to 16. The Kumite Team fought their hearts out with some nail biting moments, when they executed the most incredible take downs and ura-mawashis! We took the Dragon’s Cup home, which will be shared by each Solis Ortus team member during the year.

Thank you Solis Ortus karateka and supporters for making every tournament a memorable one.

 

Solis Ortus shines at KSA Nationals Elite Event

Solis Ortus shines at KSA Nationals Elite Event

The past weekend seven Solis Ortus karateka competed at the KSA Nationals Elite held in Cape Town. We took five medals – an exceptional achievement at an elite event such as this!

The event kicked off on Friday with a coaching course attended by Sensei Eugene, an exam and the weigh-in of competitors. On Saturday the competition started with all karetaka up to 11 years, but due to load shedding some divisions could only compete on Sunday.

Solis Ortus athletes who competed on Saturday were Isabel Esterhuizen and Ethan Brazelle in the 8-9 years division. Pieter Jordaan also started in the 10-11 year division on Saturday, but was shifted to Sunday, thanks to Eskom! Yet, all three still took bronze medals – well done guys and girl!

On Sunday, another four Solis Ortus chaps competed: Thirq du Preez and John-Henry du Toit in the 12-13 years division, PW Pentz in the 14-15 division and Drian du Toit in the 16-17 division. Competition was tough, but both Thirq and PW walked away with gold!

As always, Sensei Eugene and the whole of Solis Ortus are extremely proud of all our karateka!

Keep it up!

Oss.

JKA GAUTENG 15 & 16 March 2019

Solis Ortus students attended extra training on Friday afternoons to sharpen their karate skills and technique to prepare for JKA Gauteng. This tournament was held over two days and our youngsters who participated on the Friday were all too happy to miss the last day of school.

On Friday, Solis Ortus had a total of 145 entries!!! The day started off with our young white, yellow and orange belts. Some students competed for the first time, showing immense control over their emotions and their ability to shine was super nova bright. The Solis Ortus parents made sure that the karatekas were at the hall in time; everybody was relaxed and ready to do what they trained for. The whole Solis Ortus family sat together and helped to get everybody ready. It so great to see how we rally behind our students, it gives you a sense of pride and a sense of belonging. To all the students who participated on Friday – Well done guys. You were absolutely awesome!!!! We hope you continue working for what you want to achieve!!

On Saturday, Solis Ortus seniors were part of 36 entries. Competition was tough and the divisions were strong. Some of our Seniors medalled, others qualified for Nationals and a few obtained the experience needed to grow and better themselves.

A huge thank you to Annschen van Zyl (Mother of Brown belt Winette van Zyl), Andre Myburgh (Father of mini Adriaan Myburgh and orange belt Anica Myburgh) and Ruan van der Westhuizen (father to white belt Yanika van der Westhuizen and Yellow Juan van der Westhuizen) who assisted as Managers for the Solis Ortus team. Without your assistance it would be a near impossible mammoth task to get our students to the floor, keep them calm and collected. To Veronica Myburgh (main Coach), Beatrix Lotter-Moolman, Johan de Wit, Savannah Hauser and Winette Van Zyl, thank you for coaching the Solis Ortus Team, for being the familiar face next to the floor and offering the necessary motivational words when needed. Your time and assistance is appreciated beyond measure.

Now we start preparations for Nationals.

OneWayJKA, SolisOrtusAllTheWay!!!

Oss

Solis Ortus Specialist Training and GKF Training Session

Solis Ortus is privileged to not only have wonderful students, but also great parents. Robbie Brazelle, former Cheetah Rugby Team conditioning coach and dad of one of our young Yellow belt karateka. Robbie offered his time and skills during a training session at the Menlyn dojo for all our All Styles karateka and parents on Saturday 9 March from 07h00 to 08h30, hosted by Sensei Eugene.

The training session focused on strengthening the feet and ankles to improve agility and direction changes. If Robbie’s advice is applied and our athletes use the exercises shown to warm up, strengthen and condition the ankles before competitions their performance can improve from 2% to 5%.

Thank you Robbie, from everyone who attended!

Later the same day, Sensei Eugene presented a GKF Coaching Seminar in Boksburg. He also coaches the GKF Team that will compete on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March in Cape Town. This team includes several of Solis Ortus karateka.

Sensei Eugene’s aim with the seminar was aimed at building team spirit amongst the GKF Squad, preparing the athletes and getting them to know each other and their Coaches before the weekend’s event. As he said: good preparation is the key to unlock your true potential!

This session was a great success. With proper training, great spirit, excellent focus and good discipline, you cannot loose. Keep it up, Solis Ortus!

Oss!

Gauteng Karate Federation Championship 2019

GKF Championships – Friday 8 February and Saturday 9 February 2019.

The program started at 11:00 on Friday morning and by 19:00 that evening we were all done.  The day was filled with katas from various styles and kumite divisions for 8 to 9 year olds, Veterans and Masters.  The whole day was very laid back, as the majority of the competitors were reserving their energy for Saturday.  Solis Ortus karateka sparkled like diamonds.  Some landed in huge divisions, but still did their absolute best.  Our students never faltered and did exactly as they practiced.

Saturday morning kicked-off at 9:00 with the hall abuzz with energy as male and female, young and old kareteka, geared up for the kumite day to make their mark as the best fighters in Gauteng.  The Children category (age 7 to 13)   inspired us with their tenacity and ability to overcome the “newness” of the compulsory protective gear they had to wear.  Our Solis Ortus students were on fire: they were fast and fierce, keeping the adrenaline coursing through the crowd.  It was an absolute pleasure cheering for Solis Ortus.

All and all, 15 Solis Ortus kareteka competed at the GKF Championships, taking 12 medals in total: 3 Bronze, 3 Silver, and 6 Gold!  What an awesome achievement for all who competed, even those that did not medal.  Any time spent on the tatami is invaluable, as each time provides a new experience.

SAs will take place in Cape Town on 15 and 16 March for all children, and on 1 and 2 March in Durban for all Seniors. We wish all those who qualified only the best.  Train hard and believe in your own abilities.  Be awesome! (OSS-some)

SAJKA Standardisation Seminar – 2 February 2019

On Saturday, 2 February 2019, 233 black belts from across South Africa gathered for the annual SA JKA Standardisation Seminar.

Sensei Eugene pre-registered eight of his seniors in the week prior to the seminar.  Thank goodness, because that meant we did not have to be there at 07h00 for registration.

Sensei Johan le Grange, our chief instructor, opened the seminar at 09h00 with a group session for all attendees.  This session was fast paced, and I, for one, was completely out of my comfort zone.  But, I tried…and failed…and then I tried again.  The hall was abuzz with energy!  Sensei Johan explained that our hands, feet, arms and legs are our weapons: if you cannot effectively use your weapons, then why do you have them.  TING!!!!!  Lightbulb moment or me.

At 9:45 the dojo heads moved to a different hall, which gave us a little bit more space to train in.

The 10:00 slot was taken by Marina Valassopoulos , who grilled us on the technicalities of Empi kata.  Correct body posture, deep zenkutsu dachi and speed was practiced over and over and over, until our legs were weak and wobbly .  But, our spirits were anything but weak and wobbly, because we thrived on the new knowledge passed on.

After Sensei Marina , Sensei Jon Williams taught us how to make Kanku Dai kata your own.  As everyone knows, Kanku Dai has 65 moves .  Although we all understand the technicality and execution of the moves , Sensei Jon asked us to make this Kata our own: to make any kata, for that matter, your own.  Put your personality into a kata, demand attention, while being mindful of speed and technical execution.

By now we were sweating! Everybody had the look of “I’ve just been licked by a happy, drooling bull mastiff”.  Our seniors (above 50 years) kept up the pace, inspiring us all.

The 11:15 timeslot was taken up by Sensei Charles Beckenstrater Who taught us the art of Geri Waza.  We were paired with a partner and taught how to properly position feet with different kicks and execute the kicks effectively with your hips.  First sequence was Mae Geri-Kekomi Geri where the aim is to push your partner and kick right through him or her.  Pressure, execution, fast thinking (if you are on the receiving end of a killing kick).

Afterwards, Sensei Chris Seabelo broke down Tekki Nidan for us.  He taught the bunkai of parts of the kata, affording us the opportunity to practice the various applications on our partners.  At first, we were confused and went slowly.  But, as we got the hang of it you just saw bodies flying and falling on the ground.  It was great fun to do a kata and execute the bunkai effectively.

The SA JKA Karate Assciation held its annual Standardisation Seminar and AGM on Saturday 2 February at The Wanderers Club. 233 SA JKA black belts attended the training.

Posted by SA JKA Karate Association on Sunday, February 3, 2019

LUNCH – time to refuel very tired and drained bodies.

From 13:30 – 14:30 we were treated with a presentation by a Neurologist, who lost his leg in a terrible accident.  He explained to us how to use your mind set (observation) to change the outcome of your faith.  He also explained the science behind moving and thinking and training your brain to do what needs to be done.

Senseis Daniel Gombe and Gert van Niekerk took the final hour, working hard on our stances.  Sensei Gert combined stances, slow then fast.  Then, after one had mastered the sequence, you got to practice against a partner, including some take downs.  Again, you just saw legs in the air as partners went flying and falling all over the place.  But as soon we landed, we got up, switched and continued with the sequence.

This was a great way to end an awesome  six-hour training session.

As a black belt you will know that you never ever stop learning and, for this reason, we know that karate is a sport for life.

Written by – Sandy Oosthuizen

 

Solis Ortus Open Day 2019

Solis Ortis Karate hosted yet another very successful Open Day on 19 January 2019. Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen welcomed more than 80 potential new karateka and parents with a brief history of the dojo, now in its 41st year.

The day kicked off with a demonstration by Sensei Eugene and his Black Belts. These senior karateka demonstrated Tekki Shodan kata, juyi ippon kumite (semi free fighting) and a bought of dojo-style free fighting. The audience was in absolute awe, judging by the oohs! and aahs! that could be heard.

The Black Belts were followed by Sensei Sandy Oosthuizen’s minis. These are little karateka range from ages two-and-a-half to five years. The mini class focuses on fundamental movement skills and aims to develop gross motor skills. These skills are very important not only to excel in karata, but also to develop other sports as well as concentration.

The minis were followed by the coloured belt classes starting from white belts up. Sensei Eugene explained the Five Maxims, which all Solis Ortus karateka try to follow. The Maxims as explained by Sensei Eugene are:

  • Character – karate is perfect to build a person’s character. One must be develop humility in victory and grace in defeat.
  • Etiquette – there is a certain etiquette in karate, and especially at Solis Ortus. Etiquette teaches respect, towards yourself as well as others.
  • Sincerity – one’s actions must always be sincere. Karate therefore requires a person to always act honestly.
  • Perseverance – karate is hard, and Solis Ortus trains very hard. This teaches karateka to not only persevere in their karate career, but also that daily life, from school and exams through to work, family and friendships, requires dedication and effort. Always endeavour to be the best you can be.
  • Self-control – karate requires self-control. Self-control requires discipline in everything one does.

The highlight of the Open Day was when Sensei Eugene invited all the potential new karateka onto the tatami for a round of practice. Everyone was awarded with a crisp, brand new white belt to start their karate life.

Solis Ortus looks forward to welcoming everyone that attended to the formal classes, as well as anyone else who is interested.

OSS!

 

Tshwane Karate Championship 2019

Saturday 26 January 2019, Hall for the Disabled, Pretoria

The Solis Ortus team arrived at the hall bright and early, in good spirits and with lots of energy.  The Solis Ortus Coaches, Tiaan Uys, Jacques Steenkamp, PW Pentz and Darius Peenze, attended the 07h15 briefing session to learn the ins-and-outs of coaching our Team.

Isabel Esterhuizen opened the Solis Ortus leader board, taking gold in the Girls Kumite 8-9 years 30kg+ division. Ethan Brazelle and Jayden van der Merwe followed, taking medals in the Boys Kata 7-9 years and Boys Kumite 8-9 years divisions. Jean van der Westhuizen, Dawid Esterhuizen, Sammy Letsoalo and Liam Lotter who made up the Solis Ortus Boys 6-8 years Development Team made a clean sweep, taking all the medals in this division.

Our youngest karateka, four-year old little fire cracker Yanika van der Westhuizen, fought her heart out in the Girls Kumite 6-7 years division.  Thank you Coach Tiaan, you made Yanika fight like a champ!

The Boys 10-11 years had an exceptionally large division, with many first rounds for both kata and kumite.  The Solis Ortus champions, Pieter Jordaan, Strauss Vosser and Derik Esterhuizen, however, showed fellow karateka why they should take note of the Solis Ortus team members.  Boys, you can be very proud of your achievements and the medals you earned, you truly deserved them!

The Boys 12-13 years division was quite a spectacle! This is what karate is all about! Well done to our champions Thirq du Preez, Hein Dirkse van Schalkwyk, John-Henry du Toit and Theo Bezuidenhout.  Despite an enormous division you all pushed through with amazing spirit and determination.  Keep this up boys: you make Solis Ortus very proud!

Our young lady Carla Esterhuizen, what a champion!  You couldn’t wait for your division to finally happen.  When it did, you fought with urgency and accuracy!!

Boys 14-15 years – WOW! Great Karate! PW Pentz, Drian du Toit, Liam Snyman and Takgalo Letsoalo you were awesome!  Despite the very long day, you were committed to the end!  Hardus van Jaarsveld, we look forward to seeing you in action!

The Solis Ortus young guns, Christo Olivier, Darius Peenze and Aryn Maré who competed in the Men 16-17 years division, made other clubs take note!  Keep up the commitment and spirit!

The Solis Ortus Seniors Men 18+ years went all out, despite the long day.  Although for some the day already started way before 7h00 on Saturday morning, you all made us very, very proud!  Jacques Steenkamp proved that continuous training pulls you through during tough times!  Tiaan Uys, you really had a tough one.  Your focus and commitment made you a champ!  James van Zyl – WOW – your kata was amazing!  Keep it up!

The Solis Ortus Senior Women 18+ years saw Hannelore (Lollie) Constable transform from a Shark to a Bull!  Super proud of you Lollie.  You had quite a couple of tough rounds, but you fought like a real Solis Ortus champion!  Elmien Viljoen, we really do look forward seeing you in action again!

Karateka, coaches, parents and supporter friends all had a great day of competition.  Our Solis Ortus All Style karateka are on the right track!  Well done to every competitor! And, thank you for all the support and love shown by the Solis Ortus family.

Last, but not least, thank you to our dedicated coaches, Tiaan, Jacques, PW and Darius. Your commitment and endurance made this a memorable day for every Solis Ortus competitor!

Written by Leazill Peenze

 

Open day 2019

Solis Ortus will have its OPENDAY on Saturday, 19 January 2019. We envision this event to be as inspirational as 2018 and stand proud how we projects karate as a life sport but also as a lifestyle. Solis Ortus is a well-known, proud karate club with a rich history. We have celebrated our 40th birthday in 2018 and have accomplished our 80th successful grading on 1 December 2018.

It is amazing to see how our parents’ family values blend in with the way we teach karate to our students.  As a responsible parent we teach our kids to respond to their ability which defines responsibility; to be respectful to yourself and others, to always tell the truth and be sincere in everything, to always do things right, put effort in what you do, and to have self-control. All these principles form the basis in all human beings which defines their character, a person’s essential qualities. That is the 5 basic principles in life, but also the 5 basic principles in karate. How awesome is that? You train your brain and get a full body conditioning session with it.

Although karate is a good overall body workout, there is also a lot of philosophy and precepts around it which forms the foundation of the art. The principles allude to notions of humility, respect, compassion, patience, and both an inward and outward calmness.

Many karate students excel in school as they stand out above the other kids with better concentration, focus capabilities, self-confidence and solving challenges. These qualities ensured better academic results, leadership, better friendships and of course a healthy lifestyle.

Solis Ortus strives to be the extension from home in a sporty environment. Many of our students excel not only in karate as a sport, but also on a personal level. Karate can be an additional sport towards a sport you are currently doing. Karate can be a family sport, it doesn’t matter how old you are. Karate can be a lifestyle or can be competitive….your choice. Karate takes time, but so does anything that is worthwhile. Karate is FUN, rewarding and challenging.

Many adults also start karate as a sport. It is an incredible stress reliever. It has unbelievable health benefits. Karate increases your flexibility, balance, hand-eye coordination and your natural strength without weights. Building strength without weights decrease the risk of injuries.  Karate uses principles of isometrics and plyometrics to increase natural strength and power. It prolongs your fitness levels. The long term health benefits of a proper karate program is immeasurable as it is not uncommon to see excellent karate students practicing well into their 70’s or even their 80’s! How is that for motivation?

Above being a Karateka/student, Solis Ortus rewards everyone by grading twice a year to achieve their higher belts and become the best karateka they can be. Karatekas are well mannered and have immaculate etiquette, and therefore excel in society.

You are invited to our open day to experience these principles first hand. Come and enjoy the morning with us….

Written by: Heilethe Calitz

2018 Yearend Function

“Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.” (Thomas Carlyle)

 With prize giving done and dusted, the holiday season begins. For some it means the amount of time left for working in 2018 is minimal. We find this to be a great time of reflection on the events of the year so far. For Solis Ortus, it has come with many accomplishments, surprises and the year turned out to be the highlight of our 40 year celebration. Happily, some of us experienced few disappointments but without disappointments there are no learning curve.

Prize giving at Solis Ortus is a big event. It is a prestigious event to acknowledge and recognise our karatekas for their accomplishments. Accomplishments in tournaments, but also for those who are doing karate for enjoyment and or lifestyle. What a year we have had at Solis Ortus.

To spice up our prize giving function, we invited two karatekas, who not only excel in karate, but also as “artists” outside karate. Our own drummer boy Wihan Vermeulen, who was recently awarded the highest mark in a Level 1 Rock school Exam for drumming in South Africa with 96 percent, had our audience clapping along to a Justin Timberlake song. This Red Belt drumming sensation (age 11) is set to take Pretoria by storm.

To uplift our evening, we also had a WX Street and Hip-Hop dancer. This talented lady is a 16 year old junior brown 1 belt, Roanne Koudstaal. kykNET presented an all styles dance competition, and Roannes’ dance group won best hip-hip dance group in South Africa. This event will also be broadcasted on kykNET January 2019. She also excelled as a karateka and have won JKA Nationals twice in kata and kumite.

Solis Ortus has more hidden talents and we would like to hear more from them.

2018 Delivered four Protea colour members; PW Pentz, Thirq du Preez, Hannelore Constable and Savannah Hauser. What an honour and accomplishment. Their achievements are an inspiration to other karatekas of the dojo and Solis Ortus cannot wait to see who will achieve their Protea colours next year.

This past year, we had 88 medallists who received a total of 299 medals in all tournaments participated. A total of 202 KSA and JKA colours were achieved. Solis Ortus is so proud of each and every one of you.

At prize giving we also acknowledged our karatekas whom do not compete in tournaments. Most of them were awarded with the 5 maxims of karate, perseverance, loyalty, good progress and best grader. Other floating trophies awarded were Best Kata, Best Kumite, Veteran of the Year and Karateka Male/Female of the Year.

Congratulations to all our karatekas who have been awarded. Thank you to all our children, juniors and seniors who make karate a blessing to teach. Thank you to your little smiles, your love and appreciation. Thank you for being part in building a rich karate history with Solis Ortus. Thank you to our parents who are always willing to turn up for classes, for your dedication and encouragement and of course your participation in all Solis Ortus events. Without you, we can never be such a successful club. Thank you…. thank you!

Solis Ortus also had to say goodbye to one of our beloved Instructors, Lilian Mynhardt. She taught our kids for the past 10 years and saw many of our kids becoming higher belts and black belts. Her contribution to Solis Ortus is unmeasurable and words cannot describe what she has done for the club, kids and parents. It was a sad moment for everyone. To give her appreciation of all her hard work, love, sweat and tears, the whole hall gave her a standing ovation. What a breath-taking moment. We salute you Lilian Mynhardt and wishing you all the success for your new journey.

Reflecting on the year that has been, it is a great way to access new experiences and hold onto learnings we have picked up.

“By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved—and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses—you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.”
—Jack Canfield
 

Now that we conclude 2018, Solis Ortus wishing you a fantastic festive season. If you are travelling, drive safely.

Until 2019!

Written by: Heilethe Calitz

Solis Ortus’ 80th Grading

Solis Ortus had their 80th Grading on Saturday, 1 December 2018.

Traditionally, Solis Ortus always starts with the Minis graders. Too cute for words they conquered the morning with loud kiai’s, precision and incredible spirit. The mini grading is always a good introduction to the rest of the days’ events. We adore the minis; each one equipped in their own right with the 5 maxims of karate. We are so proud of each and every one of you.

The rest of our grading day was per belt and age group succeeding to higher belts. The standard was high. Some students experienced grading for the first time. For them it was more intense and stressful. For our more experienced grading students, stress will always be a factor, but their experience pulled them through. Like they say, the harder you work the luckier you get. In this case the harder you have worked the easier it will be.

To all our 80th graders of Solis Ortus. Well done. Our panels in kata, kumite and kihon congratulate you all in a successful grading. You have grown so much as karatekas. Some of us improved a lot and others just excelled in their karate.

It is amazing to see how each karateka in their own character have excelled as a person. Some have shown more leadership, others improved in their school work or workplace, most of us learnt how to handle our stress levels and everybody showed the joy they experienced in their karate.

To our more senior group, not in belts, but in years…..well done. Grading is not for the weak. You all have conquered your fear and spread your wings to successfully graded to your next belt.

To our senior belts, not in age…what a fantastic grading. It is amazing to have seen you grow from white to where you are now. WELL DONE…FANTASTIC…keep up the standard! Sensei Eugene and the grading panel are extremely proud of you all.

Wear your belt with pride, frame your certificate, hang all your medals, but most of all be an ambassador wherever you may go. Keep on training, work hard and excel in life.

Well done to everyone, relax and we cannot wait to see you all at prize giving 7 December 2018.

Witten by: Heilethe Calitz

Sensei Bernard Buys (JKA 5th Dan Instructor)

Solis Ortus has an invited instructor evening, 3 to 4 times a year, in our senior class.  This time around we were invited Sensei Bernard Buys on 7 November 2018.

Just to give a short introduction to this 44 year old sensei, who briefly pursued a lawyer career and soon realized that karate was his true passion, who swapped his suit and tie for his karate gi. Today, he is a full time JKA karate instructor to almost 200 students in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, and declared: “I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for anything. I find it incredibly rewarding to teach JKA karate to students, see them grow and love to pass on my knowledge.”

His motto in life is to maintain a disciplined and focused outlook on life; and his quest is: to become fitter, faster, better, stronger and leaner each year.

Sensei Bernard presented a very traditional, down to the point basic class to teach us how to improve our kicks. Although basic….basics are the foundation of traditional karate….he broke it down into building blocks and then combined it to execute with speed, control and precision.

Sensei Bernard also concentrated how to loosen up the hips and stated that hips play an enormous roll in executing an effective kick. Traditional JKA karate depends on hip movement and that makes our karate more effective and different from other styles.

Hip movement, contraction and expansion was of the basics he concentrated on and made us realized how important it is to grade to higher gradings. In line with sensei Bernard’s training session, Solis Ortus is currently preparing for Shodan and up gradings in 2019.

After a hard session, Solis Ortus stood proud to know that our training in the dojo is on par with our current Veteran South African grand champion in both Kata and Kumite, sensei Bernard Buys. Thank you sensei for a great informative session you have presented. We wish you all the best for all your future endeavours and cannot wait to train with you again.

Thank you to Sensei Eugene who always go the extra mile to help us improve our karate. Thank you to the late class who always absorbs every little bit of extra information to excel and improve themselves. Also no one can make someone feel more welcome than a Solis Ortus Welcome….one way JKA, JKA one way….Solis Ortus!

Written by: Heilethe Calitz

JKA Gauteng North Qualification 2019

This weekend Solis Ortus hosted the JKA GN trials. The Tshwane region entered 180 entries of which Solis Ortus consisted of 110 karatekas of all ages. With a team like that we can only stand proud to announce that most of our athletes medalled and have the opportunity to compete in the JKA GN tournament to receive their colours.

As host, Solis Ortus strives to be on time with the events as scheduled and wrote a new page in their rich history of 40 years. New champions in the making couldn’t hide their overjoyed excitement of the medals and places they have achieved. Parents were ecstatic….and definitely indulged in the joy for their young champions with a treat afterwards. We as instructors, stand proud and wish each athlete only the best in their new karate journey.

In total Solis Ortus achieved 208 medals; 118 gold, 48 silver and 42 bronze medals. Awesome…awesome….oss-some!

For our more frequent and more experienced competitors, well done. Remember to take the hands of our new champions in the making, and help them grow the same love for the sport. Encourage them, praise them and be an ambassador for your club, your region, and your province…..and of course the ultimate, your country.

As the year reaches its end, we are busy preparing for grading the 1st December 2018, and wishing you all a fantastic and successful grading. For those who are preparing for exams, stay focused, breath, drink a lot of water, eat healthy and keep on training.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier

Congratulations and good luck to all your endeavours this month….see you all on grading day!

Written by: Heilethe Calitz

Solis Ortus Super Hero Theme

This week we invited all super heroes to Solis Ortus, not to reveal their identities but to come show off their abilities and strengths, mentally and physical.

And so we came to the conclusion that if we have so many super heroes in our dojo we MUST have a ton of super parents backing (and funding) all these heroes.

Quotes from famous superheroes

BATMAN – it’s not who I am underneath but what I do that defines me!

SPIDERMAN – with great power comes great responsibility

WONDER WOMAN – it’s about what you believe

Thank you for participating in this theme.

3rd Annual Coen Memorial Challenge

Wow, what an awesome event it was!  The day was filled with love and laughter, excitement and pride as our students from as little as 3 years old to much older, took part in the 3rd Annual Coen Memorial Challenge.

As commemoration to our late Sensei Coen, who started this extraordinary karate club 40 years ago, we can just stand in awe and celebrate our incredible history.

The Coen Memorial Challenge is a highlight in Solis Ortus’s calendar, where all our students take part to compete against each other.  At this tournament some students compete for the first time.

The day kicked off with our little ones doing an obstacle course and ended on a high note where our black belts concluded the day in outstanding karate.

It was amazing, overwhelming and too adorable to see how much raw talent there is in our club. Many students surprised our Instructors and showed unbelievable talent from normal class work to competitor.

Solis Ortus is extremely proud to have such amazing parents and awesome students. We are enormously proud to be part of such an amazing club full of raw talent and history. We are honoured to be part in the growth, development and character building in each student.

After a successful tournament we wish all our students good luck for the upcoming exams and of course prepare for our grading exam on the 1st December 2018. Stay focused! Work hard, but work smart! Keep on training!

Looking forward to see you all this week.

One way…JKA…ONE CLUB…Solis Ortus!

Thank you sensei Eugene for an awesome tournament…..

Written by: Heilethe Calitz

The past three tournament successes

2nd Samurai Cup

Six Solis Ortus athletes competed in the 2nd Samurai Cup on Saturday 15 September 2018 at the Beaulieu College School Hall, Kyalami. This tournament was hosted and particularly well organized by The Russell Sim Karate Academy and Midrand Martial Arts Academy.

With no exception we stand proud yet again in our young athletes’ performances and achievements this past weekend. Solis Ortus brought home 11 medals in total. Our young athletes achieved double medals in both events; kata and kumite; 4 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze; and unfortunately 1 student missed out on a double medal.

Well done to our stars Ethan Brazille; Pieter Jordaan; John-Henry du Toit; Drian du Toit; Drew Dupuy and Darius Peenze. We are tremendously delighted in your karate journey and cannot wait to see what happens next.

“Every day focus on your purpose.

Remember why you do what you do.

We don’t get burned out because of what we do.

We get burned out because we forget why we do it.” 

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GKF Development and Development Opens

Eight Solis Ortus karatekas arrived bright and early at the Portuguese Hall in Johannesburg on Saturday morning, ready to ensure their place in the KSA Development team, competing in Durban early October 2018.

From our youngest, 4 years old to our oldest 23 years old, we only expected great results. As always our karatekas surprised us, and we can only stand in admiration how they have grown as athletes, to withstand the pressure they experience by stepping onto the tatami’s and only give their best.

There were two divisions; Development where children of the same belt and age competed against each other; and the Development Opens, where all belts of same ages competed.

Only the first 4 places in the Opens division that qualified will compete in KSA Development in Durban on 6th October 2018. We are proud to announce that 3 of our karatekas achieved their places: Jayden van der Merwe (7 years old), Strauss Vosser (9 years old) and Tiaan Uys (23 years old).

Always remember that winning is about attitude. A winner is a person who goes out today and every day and attempts to be the best athlete and best person he or she can be. Winning is about determination, effort and self-assurance, and to never, ever, ever giving up.

Well done to all our competitors. Solis Ortus is extremely proud of you all and cannot wait to see how you all develop in great sport men and sport women one day. We are especially proud of our 3 athletes who qualified for the KSA Development team.

In total Solis Ortus achieved 9 medals of which 3 are gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze.

“If you dream and you allow yourself to dream you can do anything.”

Clara Hughes

Gauteng League 3 Championship

We would like to congratulate 5 Solis Ortus (SO) athletes who competed this weekend at the Portuguese Hall, Turffontein. They are PW Pentz, Drew Dupuy, Lolly Constable, Thirq du Preez and Pieter Jordaan. Yet again you accomplished your milestones and arose with 4 medals; 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.

Weigh in took place on the Friday and the competition commenced on Saturday morning. As always we had a formidable SO team who came out tops with hardship, bruises, shiners and other small injuries. Well done everyone, we are proud of our young athletes who are stepping into a fantastic karate journey, full of good memories and phenomenal experience.

The KSA Selection Panel will select athletes to represent South Africa at the Commonwealth Games after the final KSA League this weekend. They stated that it is not necessarily the top 4 ranked athletes that will be selected for the team. It will be used as a guideline together with other factors will be taken into consideration to select the final team.

Good luck to all our SO athletes, we cannot wait to see how many club karatekas will be honoured with the selection to represent South Africa at the Commonwealth Games.

You all have shown good character and the ability to rise above adversity. Keep on doing what you’re doing and you will become the best of best in what you do.

Well done to all our champions, we are extremely proud of you all.

Written by:  Heilethe Calitz

Africa Training with JKA WF senseis

Africa Training with JKA WF senseis

When sensei Okuma visits South Africa, we cannot wait to attend at least one of his sessions. We had the privilege to have trained with the best; Chief Instructor of JKA/WF: Shuseki Shihan Masaaki Ueki Sensei (9th Dan) and International Affairs Division JKA/WF: Shihan Koichiro Okuma Sensei (6th Dan). Both senseis’ presented morning and evening sessions at the Mandeville Sports Complex in Johannesburg, 28 – 31 August 2018.

As this was part of JKA’s 2nd Africa Cup for the Junior and Senior Karate Championship Tournament, on 1st September 2018, we had visitors from Mauritius, DRC, Angola, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar and Reunion. JKA also held a Technical seminar, Judge seminar, Dan examination and Qualification exam before the championship.

We are exceptionally proud of Sensei Eugene who was part of those who did the ABC international exam and passed all three (judge, examiner and instructor) and is now proudly on BCB level. Well done sensei. We are proud of you. You are really an inspiration for Solis Ortus and especially a role model to our young athletes.

Shuseki Shihan Masaaki Ueki Sensei and Shihan Koichiro Okuma Sensei were present at the Dan gradings as well.

The training with Masaaki Ueki Sensei and Okuma Sensei was well presented and concentrated on fundamentals such as hip movement, axis centre line, weight distribution, expansion and contraction, turning on the heel, turns and bunkais in katas Jion, Bassai Dai and Kanku Dai.

Solis Ortus was well represented at the seminars and we are definitely on par with JKA International. Thank you SAJKA HQ for the opportunity to have trained with the best.

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight.
But, they, while their companions slept, they, were toiling upwards in the night”.
Longfellow

Written by: Heilethe Calitz

JKA AFRICA CUP

Extraordinary karate at the Africa Shoto Cup the past weekend with our honourable Japanese senseis; Chief Instructor of JKA/WK: Shuseki Shihan Masaaki Ueki Sensei (9th Dan) and JKA HQ Instructor International Affairs: Shihan Koichiro Okuma Sensei (6th Dan).

Walking into the arena early Saturday morning was overwhelming yet intimidating out of a competitors’ point of view. Again Solis Ortus was well represented as Table officials, judges and referees on this prestigious event. Solis Ortus sat at the main table and did an excellent job. Thank you Sandy – as always a pleasure working with you…..and having fun on the side line of course, never a dull moment.

African countries such as Mauritius, DRC, Angola, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar and Reunion came to participate against the cream of South Africa. South Africa was a formidable opponent and arose as the winner of the tournament.

Solis Ortus had 8 athletes who competed for the day, Sandra Erasmus (Kata & Kumite), Cathy van Onselen (Kata & Kumite), Karin du Plessis (Kata & Kumite), Heilethe Calitz (Kata & Kumite), Lilian Mynhardt (Kumite), PW Pentz (Kumite), Fernando da Rosa (Kata & Kumite) and Suandri Esterhuizen (Kata).

Most of them medalled for the day and brought home 9 medals; 4 gold and 5 bronze. Solis Ortus is extremely proud of each and everyone’s achievement for the day. Even if you have not medalled, just to be there was an honour and a great accomplishment.

“True strength is in the soul and spirit, not in the muscles”. – Unknown

So, congratulations to all of you! You came to accomplish and you did. Sensei Eugene is tremendously proud of you all.

One way – JKA, JKA – Solis Ortus.

Written by: Heilethe Calitz

Spartan and Lions Challenge

Solis Ortus conquered the Spartan and Lions Challenge at the Portuguese Hall, Turffontein, Johannesburg; the past two weekends.

The Club entered a team of 18 karatekas to compete in the Spartan All Styles event. A total of 9 karatekas competed in their first All Styles event. Solis Ortus was also represented by 2 team Kumite groups who fought like champions. The junior team just missed the gold medal. The cadets came out on top in their group with a deserving gold! The team earned 12 gold, 9 silver, 2 bronze and 8 participation medals = 31 in total (excluding the team events).

Savannah Hauser had tough a few ladies competing against her, but did not stand back and took the punches (and gave a few strong one’s) like a champ! Well-deserved gold in Kata and silver for Kumite.

Tiaan Uys fought like a warrior in the senior male division. Not only did he crush his competitors, he had the whole Solis Ortus club behind him during each fight. First fight in 10 years, Tiaan, well done!!! Your silver medal was well deserved.

The Solis Ortus team walked away proudly and this event is surely one to remember!

New to the coaching team with Sensei Lillian was Savannah Hauser and Darius Peenze who had their first coaching opportunities. Still lots to learn, but enjoying every moment of being with the kids!!

At the Lions Challenge, a variety of competitors entered. Some newbies who competed for the first time, some with more experience and then our frequent competitors. Solis Ortus made history and entered the youngest competitor of the tournament; our very own 4 year old tigress who competed in a division where her competition was much older. She stood her ground and bravely won a gold medal in kata.

Competition in the more elite divisions is getting tougher. Most of our karatekas medalled and out of 13 competitors we achieved 13 medals; 5 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals.

Solis Ortus is overjoyed to see how the youngsters grow and succeed in their karate journey. Solis Ortus stand proud to witness each karateka grow as an athlete and also as an individual.

With the outstanding support from the Solis Ortus parents and our Sensei and coach, we had a very successful Spartan and Lions Challenge.

Solis Ortus came out victoriously with a total of 17 gold, 12 silver and 7 bronze medals; a total of 36 medals out of 26 participants in both tournaments.

Congratulations to all of you….well done!!!

Written by: Leazill Peenze & Heilethe Calitz

A champion in the making – Hannelore Constable

Hannalore Constable, Lolly as we know her in class has been selected to be part of the National karate team of University Sports South Africa (USSA).

Lolly was preliminary selected for the National team in October 2017 at the USSA competition held at the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT’s) Shoshanguve campus. The final selection took place on 17 February 2018 at TUT’s campus in Pretoria.

The USSA National team participated in the 2018 International University Sports Federation World University Karate Championship, 19 – 22 July in Kobe, Japan.

She competed in the U61 kg’s Female kumite category and was the only South African who made it through to the second round. Winning the first fight 4-1 to Switzerland and losing the second fight to France by only one point, gave her the lifelong experience to excel and focus on her strengths. The standard of karate at the tournament was unbelievably high.

She stated that Japan is a beautiful country and the people are very polite and friendly. She also mentioned that the trip would have not been the same without her fellow team mates. They had loads of fun together and even got lost in Osaka, the second largest city in Japan, for 3 hours.

Solis Ortus congratulate Lolly for her achievement and wishing her all the best of luck for her future karate endeavours. We are extremely proud of her, train hard, stay focussed and believe in yourself.

“All women were created equal,

then some learn

KARATE.”

Written by: Heilethe Calitz