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.