“They may take our freedom but they will never take away our FUN!!”😁😁
Even during lockdown we continue with our various planned themes for our online classes.
It may be because our students train from home, but this year the ninja dress up was fierce and on point. It was OSS-ame to see all the “ninjas” pop up on the screen and if not for the name on the bottom of the screen some were unrecognizable.
Thank Solis Ortus family for continuing to have fun with us and still training hard. We see you! We appreciate you! We miss you all!
The Solis Ortus Team
On Wednesday night, 6 November 2019, the senior class enjoyed a training session with Sensei Bernard Buys. Sensei Bernard is no stranger to Solis Ortus.
He started the class by teaching us how to speed up our punches. A simple technique actually. So, instead of thinking about the hand having to do the punch, think of the hand which will become your next Hikite (put back hand).
After this great eye opener we moved on to hips. If you have ever had the pleasure of watching (martial) art in motion and seeing Sensei Bernard on the tatami, you will know that HIPS and the use thereof is Bernard Sensei’s forte.
The Japanese are very good with the use of their lower body. We are very good in using our upper body strength. We all need to figure the glue between the lower and upper body. HIPS HIPS HIPS!
We do Heian Shodan with zenkutsu dachis and xhosa dachis. The xhosa dachi forces you to squeeze your hip muscles and go down into deep solid stances. These moves ties in beautifully with Empi. The session moves onto Jion and one can see the karatekas getting faster the more they apply Sensei Bernard’s teaching and tips.
The class is finished off with a fun way in which to use your hips. Loosen the little side strings on your gi, now karate your heart out. If the strings did not move, you have not used your hips.
Looking forward to implementing this technique with our youngsters.
Work hard on staying fast on your hips, push and never give up!
Article written by Sandy Oosthuizen
Tshwane Championship – Saturday 2 November 2019.
Not only did the Springboks win the William Web Ellis Cup, our Solis Ortus Students palmed in the medals for their respective divisions.
Again the Solis Ortus supporters and karate family rallied together to cheer for the students, wipe the tears and celebrate all achievements together.
Congratulations to all who qualified. Now we continue the hard work, dream bigger and move mountains!!
It is not always possible for JKA students to travel to Japan and train with our masters and share in their knowledge.
SAJKA bridges this gap by bringing our Japanese Instructors to our doorstep.
Taniyama Sensei (7th Dan) and Okuma Sensei (6th Dan) visited SA from 1 October – 7 October 2019 and hosted a few seminars for SAJKA Karatekas.
On Tuesday, 1 October 2019 3 sessions were presented followed by another two on the Wednesday. The weekend was jam-packed with further interesting classes.
Sensei Eugene and other Solis Ortus karatekas attended the Tuesday session where they did top training session with Okuma Sensei, working on Hangetsu and the bunkai.
On Saturday, Sensei Eugene accompanied more Solis Ortus students. Okuma Sensei went through Jitte and broke it down into smaller parts explaining the bunkai and techniques.
Sunday’s sessions was filled with valuable JKA judging and refereeing by Okuma Sensei and Taniyama Sensei gave a fantastic class on distributing of weight and how to use is in Basai-Dai
Thank you SA JKA for providing us all with the opportunity to train with our masters.
Violence against women and children are in the spotlight at the moment and is a headline near and dear too many.
At SAJKA HQ we dedicated our park training on 10 September to this cause.
All senior members of SAJKA has special women in their lives (mothers, wives, girlfriends, children, aunts etc) whom they love dearly and fiercely.
It is against our morals to inflict any kind of abuse on any women or child.
Our Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen and Sensei Rudolf Steyn dedicated their training to the women in their lives. They trained their hearts out and they did it with love and dedication.
Thank you SAJKA for for giving us this oppurtunity
Real men loves unconditionally
On Saturday, 7 September, Solis Ortus instructors and assistant instructors got together for a Solis Ortus standardisation seminar.
During the seminar we discuss the way the classes are presented and determine new ways of keeping things fun and interesting.
We also standardise our way of teaching to ensure that all those teaching students do things the same way. This way we are ensured that all students receive the same level of training irrespective of the instructor they work with.
Solis Ortus have many up and coming assistant instructors who are eager to learn and start giving back. It’s such an honour to see our youngsters grow into these position. Thank you to our main instructors who teach the assistants to one day becoming the best.
4th ANNUAL COEN MEMORIAL CHALLENGE
In 2014 the idea was born to celebrate the legacy of Coen Oosthuizen, founder of Solis Ortus and late father of Eugene Oosthuizen.
Fast forward to 2019 and on Saturday 14 September we hosted the 4th annual Coen Memorial Tournament for all Solis Ortus students. Our minis and youngest karatekas opened the day with all the seniors starting with an official bow.
First up was the obstacle course. Because we focus tremendously on fundamental skills of our youngsters, we also give them an opportunity to compete on this level and show us all how awesome they are. It is amazing to see how bright a star can shine when placed under some pressure. Next time we will have to wear sunglasses, cause Solis Ortus youngsters shines SUPERNOVA. This was followed by our awesome group of special needs students. What a joy it is to watch them compete under pressure but never losing their sense of self!
The remainder of day was filled with competitors of all ages, all belts doing kata, 3 step and 1 step kumite, semi-free fighting and also free fighting. Our youngest free fighting competitors were 5 years old and our youngterans (Veterans) between the ages of 43 – 49 (ladies and gents).
Karate is a technical sport, a sport of discipline and respect. Our students strive to fulfil the 5 maxims of karate and in turn we are rewarded with hugs, smiles that stretch from ear to ear, happy and confident kids, proud parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Our students work hard within themselves to be better and achieve their own personal goals. They respect their competitors, they respect the technique and the instructors.
Thank you to all who was part of this day. All who enjoyed the day with us, learned with us all, smiled with us and laughed with us.
Hope to see you all again next year.
On 28 and 29 August we enjoyed showing off at bring-a-friend class. The classes were jam-packed with friend and family members who got to witness first hand how awesome Solis Ortus students are. Our students are an excellent example of how well play learning works.
On Wednesday and Thursday, 4 and 5 September, we celebrated spring with colorful t-shirt and yummy donuts. The spirit was through the roof. The laughter and chatter was heard from far and the students enjoyed their training with gusto and determination.
Thank you all for always participating wit a smile.
At Solis Ortus we work hard and play hard.
Love our dojo!!!
Parent and kids training together
With life’s fast pace and demanding deadlines, spending quality time with our kids is a luxury these days.
For this reason Solis Ortus has a kids and parent evening once a year.
A picture tells a thousand words. Our parents tried everything with a smile. They found new respects for their karatekas and now know how hard their child(ren) works in the dojo.
Solis Ortus parents are OSS-some. Thank you for making quality time for your children and making ever lasting memories.
Eugene and the Solis Ortus team
Congratulations on making the Gauteng team and keeping the Solis Ortus name high! Was once again a major success for Solis Ortus Students.
The Gauteng team included 78 Solis Ortus Students. They represented our Province on 24 & 25 May 2019 at the SA JKA Nationals event held at the Standard Bank Sports Arena in Johannesburg. The team was assisted by four Solis Ortus coaches – Veronica Myburg, Beatrix Lötter-Moolman, Johan de Witt and Ruan van der Westhuizen.
On Friday, 24 May 2019 the day started early with our junior White to Purple belt competitors, who already arrived at 06h30. They collected their tags and took their places with the rest of the Gauteng team. The march-on was magnificent. Gauteng rolled in on like a blue tsunami. The vibe was infectious! The tournament officially kicked off at 8h00 and the fun and games started. Two of our senior karateka – Sandy Oosthuizen and Marx van Eeden – officiated at the tables.
We were back for more on Saturday, 25 May 2019 when it was our senior Red to Black belts’ turn to enter the arena with tight nerves and high hopes. The top four in each division were chosen for the SA team that will travel to Germany at the end of year to prepare for the 15th Gichin Funakoshi Cup in 2020, which will be held in Japan.
Although not all Solis Ortus students received medals on the day, our karateka luckily know that no one is ever a loser: without a medal you become a learner!
From Solis Ortus’ side we want to thank all the parents, students, coaches, instructors and officials for your time, effort, energy, dedication and support leading up the SA JKA Nationals. It is a pleasure working with a positive team. Our students, from the youngest to the eldest, are absolutely awesome. You worked so hard, and hard work never goes unnoticed. If it was not your time to shine – never give up!
18 May 2019 SAJKA Pre-grading, National Gradings and International Qualifications
Senior Solis Ortus karateka have been preparing over several months for their Shodan and Nidan gradings. Some will attempt grading in October 2019, whilst others will have their opportunity in 2020. However, most of them attended the three hour pre-grading session at JKA HQ at th Wanderers in Jo’burg, as additional preparation for their Dan gradings.
Veronica Myburgh was the only senior karateka who attended the pre-grading as warm up for her Shodan grading on the same day. Veronica has walked a very long and sometimes painful road to grade to her first Dan. She attempted her Shodan 19 years ago, but unfortunately did not make it. Veronica though never forgot her true karate spirit and after life happened (work, marriage, children), she returned to the dojo again to work towards her Shodan dream. Sprained ankles, broken ribs and a low immune system never stopped Veronica from preparing well, training hard, learning non-stop and always bettering herself to such a point that she received her Shodan on 18 May 2019.
Congratulations Veronica on receiving your Shodan. Solis Ortus is tremendously proud of you. Enjoy this moment and wear your black belt with pride!
To all those continuing with their Dan preparations, work hard and never give up!
Region 5 Championship in Namibia Swakopmund
Karate South Africa appointed Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen as Head Coach for the SA u21 and Senior Protea Teams that competed at the Region 5 event in Swakopmund, Namibia.
Sensei Eugene arrived in Swakopmund on Monday 20 May.
The protea students arrived on Wednesday
On Wednesday he attended a course and seminar along with other referees and coaches. World Karate Federation Chief Referee presented the course and seminar, followed by a hour long exam to qualify as Region 5 Coach for kata and kumite. Sensei Eugene received the highest results, both for Kata and Kumite! Well done, Sensei! This is why Solis Ortus is one of the best karate dojos!
Kata eliminations and finals took place on Thursday, followed by Kumite eliminations on Friday and Kumite finals on Saturday. South Africa won the tournament, taking 31 gold, 25 silver and 21 bronze medals under Sensei Eugene’s coaching! We now rank 1st in the Region 5 list, followed by Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola.
From Solis Ortus’ and Sensei Eugene’s side – a big thank you to KSA for providing this opportunity to South African karateka, coaches and referees. Also, a big thank you to the organisers. And, most especially, the biggest thank you to all the parents, karateka and fellow coaches! Sensei Eugene said that this was one of the most memorable tours in his career so far.
South Africa is indeed fortunate to have such an OSS-some team showing their dedication to and love for karate! Go, Green and Gold!!
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!
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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