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JKA Gauteng North Tournament

JKA Gauteng North Tournament
(Written by Sandy Verreyne)

There is just no rest for all our champion karatekas.  As we finish one tournament we start preparing for the next.

On Saturday, 5 November 2016 we competed in the Gauteng North JKA Tournament as qualifying tournament for all SA JKA 2017 tournaments. 

The tournament was attended by 6 dojos.  Solis Ortus students pitch in the majority and most of our students qualified for SA JKA 2017!  Our sensei and our instructors are very proud of each competitor.

From the photos it is clear that Solis Ortus is a close knit family and without the assistance of everybody, we will not be the best dojo!  This was a serious tournament, but nothing can ever stop us from having loads of fun while we compete.

Looking forward to seeing everybody, including our fellow JKA Dojos at the 2017 SA JKA Nationals.

1st Coen Memorial Challenge

The hosting of the Coen Memorial Challenge has been a dream of Sensei Eugene’s for many years.  His dream came to fruition this year on the 22nd of October 2016.  The inaugural event was held at the Magister Hall, the hall which the late Sensei Coen built and at which the Solis Ortus Karate Club has been growing from strength to strength ever since.

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The intention of the Memorial Challenge was not only to honour the memory of the late Sensei Coen but also to afford each Solis Ortus karate-ka some exposure to the competitive side of karate, whilst ensuring the environment was safe, controlled and fun.

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There was a total of 149 competitors and for many it was the first time they had taken part in any form of competition.  Judging by the broad smiles on the competitors faces at the end of the day, as well as the positive feedback received from participants and parents alike, I think it is safe to say that everyone enjoyed the day and so walked away with a new and better understanding of Karate tournaments.

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Even the mini karateka had the opportunity to shine on the day.  The group was well represented, with a total of 14 mini karateka showing off their skills which they have learnt from Sempai Sandy during the course of year.  They all proved to be quite agile and determined and of course the cuteness overflowed.  Many thanks to Sempai Sandy and the “Mini’s” parents alike.

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From start to finish, the day ran like a well-oiled machine.  Very few karate-ka are aware of what goes on behind the scenes in order to make such a day as successful as this day was, and it is only with the assistance of dedicated students and parents, that this was possible.  Thank you to each and every volunteer who gave of their time and effort.

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Thank you Sensei Eugene for affording all your students the opportunity to participate and we look forward to seeing the Coen Memorial Challenge as an annual event on the Solis Ortus calendar.

 

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Written by Cathy Van Onselen (currently purple belt)

Solis Ortus at SAJKA Tournament 2015

The sun is rising to mark the start of the SA JKA Nationals 2015. Hope you are all dressed warmly and ready for action. Good luck and have fun!!!

This is the message our Sensei sent the Team early on Friday morning. What a tournament. Solis Ortus did us proud with 49 medals out of 59 competitors. Some of us had a good day and some had a fantastic learning curve.Always remember “never a failure always a lesson”. If you improved in the tournament you have won!

Friday went smoothly, and the coloured belts did extremely well. SO brought home 36 medals! Well done to all the karatekas!

Saturday was another ball game. We did African Cup trials inbetween which resulted in a very long day. The groups were very big per floor and the competion of a very high standard. Many karatekas qualified for the African Cup and SO congratulates everyone who is in the team. Well done!

After a successful tournament we retired very late and with exhausting bodies to yet celebrate a successful SA JKA 2015.

Solis Ortus Students Represent South Africa at Zone 6 Tournament

What an amazing AND most scary experience.  With the honour of representing our country, Elmien , Heilethe and I entered the Portuguese hall in Johannesburg with mixed emotions.  Elmien was the more “relaxed” one as she had done this before, but the same could not be said for the rest of us.

Thursday we spent about 4 hours at the hall for weigh in and team speeches’ by Sensei Ian le Roux. We got to meet our coaches and did roll call.

Friday met us with some nerves as we spent the day supporting our team and seeing the other countries’ karatekas for the first time. Botswana entered with good spirit. Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique were there as well.

All the children, juniors and cadets competed that day and the quality was of an incredibly higher standard than what we are used to seeing on regional’s and provincials…..even nationals.  I could not believe the speed that the katas were performed with.  Absolutely amazing!

Then Saturday hit us and the butterflies became dragons.  Fire breathing,  evil, HUGE dragons. As we arrived we were told all veterans (that’s me and Heilethe) were on first. We had hardly time to defrost as we reported to our floors and did our stuff.

As most competitors feel after an event like this, it was with mixed emotions – a feeling one could have done better and a feeling of pride as we know we did our best at the time, and we did something we never thought we would ever do…REPRESENT OUR COUNTRY..and also..REPRESENT OUR CLUB, which is probably the one thing one feels the most proud about.

The standard I saw on that tournament made me even more determined to improve on my karate and also showed me I still have a very long road to go as far as my own standard is concerned. It also showed me that our club can definitely compare to the best in SA as our Sensei definitely knows his karate as he was one of the coaches for the children/cadet and junior team and many turned to him for advice. It made me very proud to tell other karatekas I belong to Solis Ortus, and Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen, a name many recognised, was MY Sensei.

KSA Children, Cadet and Junior Championship

This past weekend Solis Ortus attended the KSA Nationals with 5 of its students.  Nobody had any idea what time they will compete, thus the days were long and at times frustrating.  Nevertheless, our 5 entries performed well and we received 4 medals overall.

Thank you too all the karatekas and their parents who endures the hard work and long wait.

Very proud of each and every Solis Ortus athlete.

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23rd Eagles Champs

With serious focused and fit karateka, our Solis Ortus karate competitors took part this past Saturday 28th February 2015 in the 23rd Eagles Karate Challenge held at Wits University Johannesburg. These determined karateka had been training hard for this since the beginning of the year and it paid off. We had 14 entries in 25 divisions. Cullin Elson recently qualified as a Regional Judge and was his first time present too as a judge. Sensei Lillian Mynhardt and Sensei Adrian Bonafede assisted with the coaching. Our sensei Eugene Oosthuizen was also present to help with coaching and inspire our karateka. It was a great day with good results that we can be proud of.

To all of you who did not get a placing we are still proud of you, well done!

Thank you for the coaching, judging and sensei Eugene for inspiring us to better heights. Solis Ortus we are proud of you!

Written by Adrian Bonafede

Shotocup Japan 2014

On 9 October 2014 the Senior South African Team departed for Japan to attend the 2014 Shoto World Cup. We were going to the birth place of our beloved sport and we were going to compete against the best of the best that JKA karate has to offer worldwide.
From our dojo, Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen competed in the team kumite event and the individual kumite. Sandra Erasmus competed in the kata and kumite event and Wasim Ghoor competed in the kata and kumite event.

We are so very proud of all the athletes who represented South Africa in Japan.

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Karate Super League Lions Challenge

On Saturday, 13 September 2014 I hosted the LIONS CHALLENGE (on of three tournaments in the Karate Super League series).  As the host and one of the directors of KSL, my students from Solis Ortus really did their part to participate in this tournament.  Congratulations AND thank you to all my Solis Ortus Students.

A special thank you to every other dojo (and its students) who supported the Challenge.  The day was fast paced, exciting and athletes walked away with trophies bigger than themselves!

To our Sponsors (SNT Sport, Girafrica, Millinium Bakery, Excelsior Group, Trophy & Medal Boutique, Shen Sport, Trilithon), THANK YOU!  Hope to see you all again next year!

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Eagles Challenge 2014

On Saturday, 6 September 20 plus Solis Ortus students competed in the Eagles Challenge.

We took 3 Gold medals, 6 Silver medals and 6 Bronze medals.  Congratulations to all my students.

To my first time participants  – I am very proud of you for entering the competition and doing your best.  I hope to see you at many more tournaments in the future.

The my regular participants – Hope you gained some more experience and knowledge with this challenge.  The aim for every competition is not always to win or to place in the medal division, but also to learn. Learn about yourself, your fellow competitors, the competition rules and gain experience.

Here are the results of the day:

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Medals and Trophies

Our students train and work very hard as a result for their love of karate.  Their dedication pays off when they compete and it is evident by the amount of medals and trophies Solis Ortus students take home at the various tournaments.

Solis Ortus students also know that if you put in the time and effort, we as instructors will put in equal amount of time and effort in assisting them to become top competing athletes!

We train hard, we compete hard, sometimes we fall hard, but we always get up and share in each other’s victories.

NEVER GIVE UP!

GKF Development Tournament

CONGRATULATIONS to all my students who participated at the GKF Development Tournament. Once again each and everyone of you have made me very,very proud!

Congratulations to those students who have been selected to compete in Durban at the end of the month, I am looking forward to supporting you all there.

Thank you to the parents for your patience on Saturday. I know it is very tiring to sit and wait, and I really do appreciate your dedication to the sport and your child’s participation.

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