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14th Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate-do Championships 2017

Participants all over the world will arrive at Limerick for the 14th Funakoshi Gichin Cup in Ireland.
The Championships will be held at the University of Limerick from the 14th to the 20th of August 2017.

We are proud to announce that Elmien Viljoen and PW Pentz will be competing in this Championship in Ireland.  Solis Ortus is also proud that Sensei Eugene will accompany them as South African coach.

Solis Ortus stand so proud to your great achievements and wishes you both all the best. Remember your greatest asset is not only your physical ability, but your mental ability. (Bruce Jenner) You have achieved; now be prepared!

Be proud and always be an ambassador for both your Dojo and South Africa.

Bon Voyage!

PW Pentz – Golden Star – Zone 5

Maputo, capital of Mozambique, is a vibrant laid-back capital, an incongruous mix of palm-lined streets, an elegant promenade with ritzy villas, and once-grand colonial buildings—which often sit side-by-side with shanties and concrete.

The historic city welcomed the participants from 5 African countries (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique) to take part in Zone 5, at the University of Maputo, 23 and 24 June 2017. As for the participants the weather also had its competitiveness between hot, cold and windy, which resulted in moderate to warm weather at the end.

There were 500 entrees, 100 divisions and for PW’s division, 7 participants. Competition was tough, hard, intense and demanding, but PW prevailed and came back victoriously with the GOLD medal to his country and dojo.

PW is a very dedicated and passionate karate kid. Karate is his life. He trains hard to build endurance and stamina in his kumite 90 minutes every day, 5 days a week. Early in his karate journey he learned that “learning is a gift, even when pain is the teacher.” He mastered these two concepts and built determination to achieve and walk out victoriously in his fights. Yes, every fight is a trial to improve yourself even when you get hurt or do not win. Winning is a word, not always number one is a win. He realised that and worked harder and harder.

PW, Solis Ortus and your karate comrades are very proud of you. You are an inspiration for many, work hard stay humble, be a leader and remember “because you have set high standards for yourself, you have to go out and live up to it every day.” Make your journey an event and memory for your life.

“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” (Howard Cosell)

Good luck with your karate journey – SOLIS ORTUS Karate Kid!

 

Written by :  Heilethe Calitz

The reasons why people are doing karate

There are a million ways to answer the question and to explain the reasons why people are doing karate. People tend to think that they are too old to start karate, others might picture karate as a violent sport filled with conflict and aggression. Nothing could be further from the truth, at least for true karate.

There are seven reasons why everyone should practice karate or at least why they do practice karate! Self-Defence, Fitness, Confidence, Coordination, Focus, Discipline and Something Different.

Let’s start with Self-Defence. Karate means EMPTY HAND. Many people relate to self-defence with different kind of weapons like guns, mace, pepper spray, screech alarms, 911, pens, fists, anything that is handy can be referred to as a self-defence tool. In karate your body is your weapon to protect yourself even when someone has a weapon in hand. Karate is the only self-defence tool that is always in hand, why because the only tools in karate are your hands and your feet. Since it is doubtful you will leave home without these you will always have them ready!

 

Fitness is the second most frequent reason for practicing karate. Karate training can be intense as an aerobics class by definition raising your heart rate to 70-80% capacity, however the beauty is that each student can advance at their own pace. You will always leave the Dojo drenched in your Gi (karate suit). Karate exercises your entire body allowing you to find muscles you didn’t know you had. Karate training will improve your stamina, strength, speed and flexibility. Because of the intensity of the training karate will improve your overall fitness and body awareness. Karate training will strengthen and develop almost every muscle in your body. Through proper dedicated training you can expect to reduce your resting heart rate and feel healthier.

Confidence: ““the quality or state of being certain”. Karate instils confidence by teaching each of us our limitations. Karate instils confidence by helping us overcome fear. Karate instils confidence by improving our image of ourselves. Karate instils confidence by placing you in control of your body for the first time in your life. This confidence spills into every aspect of your life, making you a stronger, better person. The confidence karate instils is humble and hard won, it is free of ego. This is the secret of true confidence, knowing without having to say it.” By Mitchell Saba

Coordination: Everything you practice in karate works on both your left and right brain. Karate uses all your senses and develops the student’s awareness of their body, how it functions and how to control it. This process leads to improving the coordination of the student. So why is this so important? Good coordination helps to build confidence and enhance a better performance in your karate style.

Focus: This is a question often raised by parents and the reason why their children starts karate. To focus in karate does not necessarily mean to pay attention as in a classroom, but to focus your consciousness, mind and body on a single task. This requires the student to learn to block out distractions but still to be aware of their surroundings. This teaches them to only register what is important to their current focus. This is not to say that you should be ignorant to your surroundings, however that information should not distract you. Karate is a demanding discipline which requires proper focus to master yourself and the requirements of your training. Through karate training you will learn to focus and this is a powerful tool in all aspects of your life.

Discipline: Karate is all about structure. The structure of karate is hierarchical, there is one head instructor (Sensei) with assistant instructors and then the students at various levels in the hierarchy. You cannot maintain structure without discipline. Only through discipline, trust, respect and structure can we learn to apply these same principles to our lives as self-discipline, confidence, self-respect, and control over ourselves. This is the importance of discipline.

Something different: 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, fun, rewarding and challenging.

Written by: Heilethe Calitz

GET HOOKED ON KARATE IN PRETORIA !!!!

Are your kid struggling with self-esteem, to focus or with coordination or needs more interaction with other kids to improve social skills? Is he/she too bossy, too shy, or perhaps just a little hyper, karate classes can help your child learn many important life skills to improve certain skills or aspects of life.

Solis Ortus Karate Club can help you to help your child to improve in exactly that. Our kids are more on the phones these days and what better way to help them by attending a good workout, get fit, improve their concentration skills, build their self-esteem, teach them respect for others and themselves, improve their behaviour and above all their grades.

Solis Ortus provides classes from as young as 4 years old. We have four class time schedules on a Monday and Wednesday starting with the Minis (45 minutes), White to Yellow (1 hour), orange to Blue (1 hour), Purple to Junior Black (1 hour) and Seniors Brown – Black (1.30 hours). We also have classes on a Tuesday and Thursday.

You are welcome to attend two classes for free and get hooked on karate. We are looking forward to meet you all. One way JKA, JKA one way!

Solis Ortus Grading 3 June 2017

At last our first Grading for the year was a huge success. To all the students who have graded, well done. You came prepared and really excelled through your grading. The panel had all extremes of emotions with many surprises and pride.

The minis (3-5 years) arrived 6:30 in the morning, looking bravely in their Eskimo jackets, socks and beanie’s full of smiles and eagerness. You are the little stars that show real character and spirit. Solis Ortus is really proud to have such well-behaved and disciplined mini karatekas. From there on the day greeted the rest of karatekas with sunshine and the smell of coffee.

Well done to everyone, you showed what influence karate has in your lives not only as an individual but also in the responsibility of being a karateka. You have grown so much and Sensei Eugene and the Instructors are very proud of each and every one of you. We as a team are looking forward to your next chapter in karate especially with your new belt.

Always be proud as a karateka, frame your achievements, build on the memories and become the best you can be. Stay humble, but proud. Without knowing it, you have learnt so many life skills in karate that you can take throughout your life and become whatever you desire one day as an adult.

To the adults, you conform to so many new abilities and above all a better healthy lifestyle. Well done.

To all the parents, karatekas, runners and Instructors, thank you so much for helping Solis Ortus making this day a success.

One way, JKA! Solis Ortus the karate way!

Written: Heilethe Calitz

SA JKA Tournament – May 2017

This weekend all the Provinces in South Africa came together to compete against each other to achieve the highest goal they can in their karate journey. More than 3000 competitors entered to compete for their SA JKA colours. Solis Ortus stand proud to have entered 41 competitors between the ages 6 and 52.

On Friday the event was opened with the Special needs division. What a privilege to be part of such incredible talent. They worked so hard to come and show off their karate. After many tears of joy, all three of Solis Ortus karatekas achieved their SA JKA colours. Congratulations to Pieter, Julia and James. We are extremely proud of you and wish you only success.

The karatekas had to face huge divisions but our karate kids excelled through every division. Many received medals and Solis Ortus wants to congratulate everyone. May today’s success be the beginning of tomorrow’s achievements. To those who did not receive any medals, remember you are already winners as it took guts and hard work to get there. The fact that you participated makes you a winner, the fact that you put your feet onto the tatami’s (mats) makes you a winner. A medal cannot determine a winner from a looser it makes you strong in character and gives you a vision to strive higher. Keep on practising next year is on our doorsteps.

“We may encounter many defeats but we must NOT be defeated.”
Maya Angelou

On Saturday the Elite section came from all over the country to compete. Wow, what a day. Many karatekas prepared with a purpose not only to receive their SA JKA colours, but to be part of the 14th Gichin Funakoshi Cup in Ireland in August 2017. The quote “No guts, no glory” really came to impress itself amongst these competitors.

With mammoth divisions and hour after hour of hardships the victory came as a final demand. Solis Ortus wants to congratulate Sandra Erasmus, Elmien Viljoen and PW Pentz for qualifying for this prestigious event. Sensei Eugene is incredibly proud of you and wish you all the best. The sky is the limit.

Apart from our International stars Solis Ortus did well in the Elite group. To all the karatekas who received their SA JKA colours, well done. Solis Ortus cannot stress enough what a proud dojo we are of everyone’s achievement. 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Teddy Roosevelt

A new journey has begun…

For many, the opportunity to become a ‘Black-belt’ still holds great allure, and achieving the rank is seen to be the first pinnacle of the karate journey. For many beginners, it is a goal set in their minds when they first enter the dojo.

Becoming a Black Belt is not only to go through the ranks and get it. No, it is a desire, a lot of compromises, hard work, sacrifices, sense of purpose, wisdom, perseverance and most of all determination. There are great misconceptions when this is your only karate goal. Many think this is the highest they can get. But this is when karate only starts. All the coloured belts you have achieved are only the preparation to actually start your karate journey.

A new journey has begun for two Solis Ortus karatekas who achieved their Shodan in May 2017. Josh and Estiaan, congratulations, well deserved.  You have worked so hard with determination and perseverance, dedication, constant preparation to reap such honourable rewards. Solis Ortus welcomes you as Shodans entering your new exciting karate journey as 1st Black Belts.

From now on you will understand the meaning of the 5 maxims in Japanese and feel a shiver down your spine. You will feel proud to be a karateka and have to pinch yourself when you look down and realise you wear a Black Belt around your waste. It will take time to get used to it, because the honour will humble you.

A quote by Renzo Gracie describes it best: “A black belt is a white belt who never quits!” this speaks of character.

Then suddenly reality will kicks in and you realise you know nothing. Never stop your karate journey even if you think that you have achieved your highest goal. Don’t be part of the statistics of “1-2 of every 100 students reach Black Belt and those only 1 out of every 1 000 achieves 2nd Dan”. Mas Oyama

 

Written by: Heilethe Calitz

KSL – Bulls Challenge

After a cold rainy winter’s day, Solis Ortus karatekas did well at the Bulls Challenge. To everyone who competed well done; and to those who received medals congratulations. Solis Ortus is extremely proud of each and every one of you. We had 9 karatekas who competed of which 5 have medalled. Well done!

JKA Gauteng Champs 2017

What a weekend!

Solis Ortus wants to congratulate all our karatekas who competed this weekend. You all worked so hard for this moment to achieve your highest expectations. Well done. To Solis Ortus you are all CHAMPIONS!

Solis Ortus did exceptionally well this weekend at the JKA Gauteng Tournament held at the Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg on Friday and Saturday. Our contestants were well prepared and their spirits were on a high.

On Friday our Novice Champs (White to Red Belt and Disabled) arrived bright and early at the arena to face their challenge to become National champs in May. They were not deterred by die traffic which we all experienced travelling to the venue.  They arrived ready and amped!

Some of the divisions were very big, but our contestants had the heart of a tiger. Competition was tough but with all the preparation and hard work the results were outstanding.

There were 97 divisions in which Solis Ortus participated. The overall standard of the tournament was extremely high and our karatekas never fail to impress.

Solis Ortus had 38 karatekas registered in the Novice and Disabled divisions. The first 8 places secured a place to compete for SA JKA National colours in May.

It is amazing to see how each karateka has grown to become the best they can be. They have so much heart in what they do and accomplished their highest expectations. Sensei Eugene is extremely proud of every one of you.

On Saturday the Elite Junior to U/21 and Senior Elite black belt divisions took the floor with a roar. The standard was exceptionally high and some divisions took almost two hours to complete. Solis Ortus contestants persevered and came out on top of each division.

Red belts who aimed to qualify for International participation have to enter the Elite Section at the Provincial Tournament and the National Tournament, and need to be graded to brown belt before the 14th Gichin Funakoshi Cup (JKA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS) in August 2017, if they qualify for the team.

To ensure the selection of the strongest possible team for the       14th Gichin Funakoshi Cup, to be held in Limerick, Ireland on 18th – 20th August 2017, kumite will be judged on a repecharge system.

Solis Ortus had 15 karatekas registered in the Elite division. The first 8 places secured a place to compete for SA JKA National colours in May.

Good luck to all our karatekas who qualified to go through to SA JKA Nationals in May. Train hard, improve yourself and reach your dream. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

Written by: Heilethe Calitz

WSKF – Sensei Stephan visits Solis Ortus

It is always a privilege and honour when people from other Dojo’s visit our Dojo. Last night was no exception on the rule.

Sensei Stephan and two of his students from Steyn Dojo in
Potchefstroom did us the honour to come and train with the best kumite Sensei in South Africa; Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen.

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The Solis Ortus students welcomed them with great expectation and trained hard with them. Sensei Eugene presented an incredible kumite class with lots of defending and attacking techniques. The class was vibrant, enthusiastic and energetic.

After a great class full of new knowledge and hard work, we can just say thank you to Sensei Eugene and wish our guests a save trip back home and an open invitation to visit again.

Written by: Heilethe Calitz

KSA Children’s to Juniors Champs 2017

3RD –4TH March, Karate South Africa (KSA) hosted the National Championships for Children where all the 9 provinces were represented to be the ultimate Champion of Champs.

Some left Gauteng early in the week whilst others flew down on Thursday to the Dolphin coast. Weighing in took place 2nd March to get everyone ready for the KSA tournament on Friday.

As always Durban weather did not fail to impress Gauteng participants with hot, moderate and cloudy forecasts to partially rain.

Solis Ortus, yet again, did extremely well at the Tournament. Sensei Eugene is a very proud sensei with a smile as wide as the ocean.

Five children from Solis Ortus participated in kumite of which the club received 3 5th places and 2 2nd places. Congratulations to all of you. What an achievement and experience.

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The more you compete, the better you become. Your best competition is to improve yourself every time you walk on the tatamis. Pick up your head strive for greatness because our Sensei Eugene believes in you and is very proud of all your achievements.

Remember: “A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” Mary Lou Retton

Go out and enjoy every step. You are the next generation of CHAMPS!

Written by: Heilethe Calitz

 

OPEN DAY 2017

A very famous Chinese proverb says:

“If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.”

2017 is exactly the year where Solis Ortus wants to prosper in growing people. With all the great qualities karate gives to an individual it is hard not to feel proud to be a Karateka at this dojo.

With hard work and proper planning Solis Ortus reaps the rewards of a very successful first Open Day for 2017. The team invested their time and envisioned with their creativity a master plan to ensure that Solis Ortus grows into the dojo in Pretoria.

At the Open Day event it was such a goose bump moment to see all the Black Belts doing their special routine to make everyone feel welcome and put them at awe. Sensei Eugene introduced what karate was all about and explained what exactly karate can do for an individual; whether it is Fostering Self-Discipline; Boosting Socialization; Skills Encouragement; Physical Activity; Learning to Set and Achieve Goals or to Increase Self-Esteem; Instilling a Sense of Respect; Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution; Improving Listening Skills; Developing Teamwork Skills or Improvement in Other Areas of Life.

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All these skills can be enriched, improved or developed by just doing karate. Karate can be a sport or can become a lifestyle….your choice.

After the introduction every age group from the youngest (4 years old) to the oldest (55 years old) showed their skills in plyometrics, katas and kumite. The audience had the opportunity to see how each belt group developed their skills from the beginning to where they are today. Solis Ortus also has specific training methods to enhance focus, speed and power to improve karate skills as the karateka succeeded to the higher belts. These training methods are in a more fun way.

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After all the interest and questions answered, Solis Ortus can feel proud to introduce 50 more karatekas into the dojo. Most of them are white belts….and oh boy….they enjoy every moment of it.

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2017 is going to be a mammoth year for Solis Ortus.

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Welcome to all the new karatekas of 2017!!! May your karate path be prosperous and your expectations glorious. May you all grow into the best you can be; some of you will succeed as Black belts, some of you may not. But always remember “a Black Belt is a White Belt that never gave up.”

“Will it be easy? NOPE! Worth it? ABSOLUTELY

Written by: Heilethe Calitz

Latest Tournaments

The past month Solis Ortus set the bar high in participating at Tournaments all over Gauteng. We want to congratulate each participant who competed. Many karatekas experienced competing for the first time. Welcome and well done.

Always remember what they say: “The biggest competition is myself. I am not looking to follow others or pull them down. I’m planning to test my own boundaries.”

For some competing is to win, for others it is a social event and then, for a few it is to improve themselves; either personally or in the sport itself. Gianni Versace said: “It is nice to have valid competition; it pushes you to do better.”

Solis Ortus is a great competitor and also a great achiever. We won 57 medals in 3 Tournaments.

First we had the 25th Eagles Challenge. It was a great friendly tournament to help introduce new competitors to give them a taste of how it feels to compete.  We are proud to say that Solis Ortus did extremely well at the tournament and out of the 17 competitors we received 17 medals in total. We want to congratulate everyone who competed.
We are proud to say that Solis Ortus set the bar high at the Tshwane Trials. Twenty karatekas competed and brought back 22 medals. We want to congratulate everyone who competed and those who succeeded through to the GKF Trials.

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At the GKF Trials, Solis Ortus achieved 18 medals out of 16 karatekas competed. Well done to everyone.

Solis Ortus sent 5 karatekas to compete in the KSA Children Nationals in Durban; 7 – 17 years old.  We wish all the kids the best of luck. Just do your best and know that we are proud of each and every one of you.

We also want to congratulate and wish the KSA U21/Seniors and Veterans; 18 years and older; the best of luck competing in Cape Town.

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“High achievers, we imagine, were wired for greatness from birth. But then you have to wonder why, over time, natural talent seems to ignite in some people and dim in others.” Nancy Gibbs
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One way JKA, JKA one way.


Heilethe Calitz

25th Eagles Challenge

25 th Eagles Challenge

  kata kumite
competitor position position comment
 Pieter Jordaan  1  1
 Joshua van Rooyen  2  3
 Christiaan Freishlich  3
 Calia Nel  3  3
 PW Pentz  3  3  open
 Thiriq du Preez  3
 Jonathan Kumm  3
 Winette van Zyl  1  1
 PW Pentz  1  1
 Liam Snyman  3
 Zak Snyman  3

Gauteng Championships 2017

Gauteng  Championships

  kata kumite
competitor position position comment
Joshua van Rooyen 3
Pieter Jordaan 3
PW pentz 2
Thirq du Preez 3
Milan Kruger 3
Jacques Steenkamp 3
Wernich Bekker 2
Eduan Bekker 3
Lilian Mynhardt  3 1
Linda Bothma 3
Mikael Louw 2
Pieter van Zyl 2 2
James van Zyl  3 3
Julia Oelofse  2 1

2016 Year End

And so 2016 has come to an end.

The year-end function and prize giving was held on 2 December at the Magister hall.  And what an evening it was.  The hall was beautifully decorated with Christmas lights, flowing drapes hanging from the ceiling and even a lovely Christmas tree in the foyer.  A flower arrangement (made by the dojo moms) was placed on each of the tables which added to the festive cheer of the evening.

Many, many thanks to the moms and students who spent the entire day breaking their backs and working their fingers to the bone in order to give the hall a magical makeover. A huge thanks also to Pieter for making us a lovely trophy cabinet as well as a stage this year.  Solis Ortus is very grateful to have parents who are willing to step up and get involved and contribute towards making our year end function memorable and enjoyable each year.  Thank you!

 

It was a very busy year at Solis Ortus this year.  Two very successful club grading’s, 11 successful Shodan grading karate-ka and the first ever Coen Memorial Challenge, are to name but a few of the highlights of the year.    During the prize giving, each and every student was recognised for their efforts during the year.  Not everyone may have received a medal or a trophy, but each student was awarded a certificate acknowledging either their progress and/or their perseverance and/or their loyalty throughout the year.

 

Recognition was also given to those students who participated in competitions throughout the year, be they JKA or KSA.   Floating trophy’s were handed over to the top achievers in the various categories.

Of course there are also the Solis Ortus awards such as “Most improved Junior” and “Karateka of the Year”.  As a Sensei, I am somewhat proud to say that selecting a “winner” for each category becomes more and more difficult each year, as the number of students and the standard of karate at our club increases each year too!!  Fortunately, I have fantastic instructors who with their opinions and input, assist me in making these difficult choices.

 

The complete list of awards and the respective winners will be posted on the web-site shortly.  Congratulations to each and every student who achieved success in some form or another this year – hard work and perseverance always pays off!!

 

Thanks again to each and every student of Solis Ortus for making 2016 a very successful year.  May you all have a well-deserved break over the festive season.  Travel safe and I look forward to seeing you all in the dojo again on the 9th of January 2017.

 

OSS!!

2016 November Grading

“Grading, 26 November.  Remember to practice your kata’s at home and good luck for your grading!  Oss!!”  These were Sensei Eugene and Sempai Lilian’s final words of advice to each class, over the last few weeks or so.

Well grading day, 26 November, has come and gone and all indications are that the students took Sensei’s advice and practiced, practiced, practiced!!

Each and every student, from the young to the ‘no so young’, from the junior belts to the senior belts, gave their best effort on the day!  More than that, could not be asked for and the proof is in the grading results!  Congratulations to each and every student who passed their grading and have now moved on to the next chapter of their Karate experience.   It is important to continue to enjoy your karate and to still “practice your kata’s at home”!!

As we all know, Sensei Eugene runs a tight ship and true to form, grading day ran smoothly and as per the time schedule communicated to all students and parents.  This is by no means an easy feat as the various grading groups are becoming larger with each grading.

Thank you to each and every parent and student alike for ensuring that they arrived at the Dojo on time and dressed in the correct grading attire.  It was only with the co-operation of our students and parent alike that grading day ran as smoothly and as successfully it did.

A word of thanks too to the Solis Ortus Grading panel.  The panel consists of the senior Karateka (black belts) of the club and we appreciate their time and effort spent in helping, guiding and encouraging the students on the day.

To each of Sensei Eugene’s assistant instructors  ….. a heartfelt “thank you!”  The amount of effort, dedication, attention to detail and patience you put in to preparing the students for their grading does not go unnoticed.   Your commitment to each and every class for the sake of the students is highly appreciated!  Thank you for ‘giving back’ to the club, and for all your efforts towards molding the youngsters into becoming the club’s future top class seniors!

Just as Sensei is very proud of all his students, each student can stand tall and say that earned their belt by means of hard work, sweat and lots of practice (and sometimes tears too).   Solis Ortus is indeed the best club in the province and we have the students to prove it!!

 

OSS!!

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