They say exciting or bad experiences make for good stories. Well, that’s how the saying goes and true to the saying that’s what happened. Solis Ortus Karate decided to have an instructors camp, called a gashuku. Sensei William was the team leader because sensei Eugene had an unforeseen other event. Sensei Adrian and sensei Lilian, sempai Annerien and Heilieth went on the camp. Like a bunch of school teenagers we all huddled into the Fortuner Toyota.
I spy with my little eye something starting with ….. Was the main game in the vehicle on our way to Ribeeks kloof near Middelburg, about an hour and a halfs drive from Pretoria. Laughing all the way there we arrived to a breath taking amazing sun set on the 20th Feb 2015.
Friday night was spent getting to know each other a bit better round the camp fire.
Saturday morning we were up at the crack of dawn. We went driving up the mountain trail with the 4×4, sensei Lilian we realized is a bit scared of heights. Saturday afternoon sensei William sat us down for a serious discussion about what we need to do in our karate Solis Ortus club. Then we played a prank on sensei Lilian when we all got dressed in our Gi’s and woke sensei lilian up from a deep afternoon sleep. We then proceeded to take some
beautiful photos in our gi’s in various poses and on various objects.
We climbed a part of the mountain near by and posed for pics which
came out amazingly well. Being late afternoon we noticed that a generator was on near the pool which was becoming annoying. The generator was located about 50 meters from our chalet and housed inside a small stone house. So sensei Lilian and Adrian decided to go switch off the darn thing. That’s when things became dangerous
which makes for a good story. Apparently what sensei William and the rest noticed was a change in engine noise followed by loud shouting to the tune of “run its gonna blow,” followed by sparks and smoke. Then Lilian and Adrian were running for cover. Adrian fell and lay motionless for a while in the dark and Lilian grabbed him up and ran towards the camp site. At this stage sensei William was visibly distraught and came running down shouting ” fix it fix it!”
I guess the flee fight or freeze mode “thingy” works different in every one. Its strange how quick things can go wrong. All we wanted to do was switch the darn thing off. Anyways a long story short we called thee owners of the chalets and they sent out a maintenance guy who fixed it.
Sunday morning we actually practiced proper karate mostly fun stuff like jumping flying kicks into the dam giving the word “dam duiker”, a new meaning. And so a good time was had by all making for a great weekend. Moral learned was don’t try to fix something that isn’t broken and run like hell when sparks and smoke is near a 50 liter diesel tank. Oss.
Written by Adrian Bonafede
On 5 December 2014 Solis Ortus had its annual year end function to present all the students with something small for all their hard work and dedication during the year. Little did I know that I will get the biggest “award” on this evening.
My Senior students surprised me with a video dedicated to my late father and founder of Solis Ortus, Coen Oosthuizen. I was also presented with a special cake depicting my Karate time line. It was all very special to me and I can not ask for a better dojo.
Once again I would like to extend a sincere thank you to every student and parent for all that you do for Solis Ortus. Without you our dojo will not be this successful.
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.
October was breast cancer awareness month and this year we started the pink belt initiative. For every pink belt sold we donated R10 to CANSA.
News of the pink belts quickly spread to other dojos and a batch pink belts were sent to a dojo in Kimberley who also supported this drive.
Thank you to all who purchased a pink belt to help with the donation towards CANSA. Everybody (boys and girls, men and women) looked smashing in their pink belts. Now we can put our pink belts away until next year October.
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!
The Gauteng Karate Federation hosted a Development tournament to give all our developments athletes an opportunity to show their worth. The athletes who placed in the medals automatically qualified to compete in the KSA Developments tournament which was hosted in Durban end of August.
Solis Ortus had 5 students who qualified for the KSA Development Championship and made the dojo very proud with their achievements. A special congratulations goes out to James Van Zyl who is our only disabled student who also competed in the able division and placed in the medals.
James, you are a true inspiration to us all!!!
Congratulations to my students, all of my students. I do see a bright future for all of you.
During the School Holidays (14 – 19 July) Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen attended a training course in Bloemfontein with Sensei Haldun Alagas of Turkey (several WKF world championship medalist) and various other karate athletes across South Africa. The idea behind this training camp to provide South African karate athletes with more exposure to European karate in order for them to be competitive on world level.
Even though it was very cold in Bloemfontein, we were inspired and motivated to join the training of Sensei Haldun Alagas and his team from Turkey. We attended two 2-hour training sessions a day in which we focused mainly on WKF kumite techniques and training.
On Saturday, 25 January 2014 we had our open day for the public to join us in the dojo and see firsthand how we train and what we teach our students.
During our open day many new students registered to join the Solis Ortus family.
What was even more impressive is the amount of mommies and daddies registering with their children to start with the sport of karate. And I am proud to announce that our dojo’s veteran group does really well at the tournaments.
Saturday morning, 5 April 2014 10 brave warriors got together at 7 AM to go to the Irene Smuts House and compete in the Warrior Race. 6.5km and 17 obstacles awaited us all. We started at 9:50 and finished 2 hours and 20 minutes later. During this day we learnt that no warrior gets left behind and with the help of your team mates you can overcome any obstacle.
On May 10th, 2014, Solis Ortus hosted its first JKA inter-club championship. Although it was a relatively small competition, it was nonetheless an exciting tournament with many talented karateka doing their thing!
We are proud of all the various divisions, from our junior belts to our senior belts, from the young ones to the older ones. Everybody did their best and demonstrated both good attitudes as well as good spirit.
We were recently lucky enough to have the Chief Instructor of SKIF (Shotokan Karate-do International Federation), Manabu Murakami Sensei, a 7th Dan, visit our dojo. This was the second time that we have had the opportunity to train with this master of Shotokan Karate and we were indeed very privileged to gain experience from his knowledge and training techniques.