Category Archives: Club

Articles and posts about our club, the dojo, rules and etiquette.

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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Solis Ortus Karate Training

You can ask our youngest students (5 years old), you can ask our oldest student (63 years old) – DO YOU ENJOY THE KARATE TRAINING AT SOLIS ORTUS??  The youngsters will say yes, and most of them cannot wait to come to class and enjoy their 1 hour’s training.  Every student, young and old will find something positive out of the karate.

At Solis Ortus we train hard, young and old!  We train hard to perfect our karate technique, we dedicate alot of time and efforts for those students who compete in tournaments, we assist and guide our students who wish to start entering competitions, we focus on our Kata and we burn for our Kumite.  Our instructors attend seminars abroad to bring back new knowledge and we teach our students to the best of our ability and in accordance with Japan Karate Association regulations.

Training hard is not an issue at our dojo – as everybody trains together.  We push each other beyond our own limits just to note that we are stronger than we give ourselves credit.

Everybody is much stronger (mentally, physically, emotionally) than you think.

Come join us for training and come find out how STRONG you really are!

Solis Ortus is growing

Not only is Solis Ortus growing in numbers with regards to our students, we are also growing in numbers with regards to our dojos.  We are proud to inform the public that Solis Ortus now runs dojos in Garsfontein, Faerie Glen and The Wilds.

The Wilds is the newest addition to the club and is run by Sensei William Graham.  The other 2 dojos are run by Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen.  Sensei Eugene and Sensei William grew up together and it is a befitting partnership that these two stunning karatekas train our karate athletes under the Solis Ortus name.

Solis Ortus Garsfontein, Solis Ortus Faerie Glen and Solis Ortus The Wilds welcomes each and everyone to join the Solis Ortus Family and start training today!!

KSA Development

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.

OSS

Spring Day

The students at Solis Ortus were treated with some colourful cupcakes on spring day.  Our classes are usually 60 min long, the last 15 minutes are used for games, stretching and cooling down.

However, on spring day we utilised the last 15 minutes to treat our students to some “down” time and we all enjoyed a cup cake.

We also allowed our students to train in their favourite character t-shirt.

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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Sensei Haldun Alagas Training Course

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.

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Open day – 25 January 2014

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.

WELCOME to all our new students!!!

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Karate Super League – Bulls Challenge – 2014

On Saturday,  31 May 2014,  Karate Super League hosted the first of its three annual challenges – THE BULLS CHALLENGE.

This challenge welcomes dojos and karatekas from all over Africa to participate.  We want to give a special thank you to our neighbours in Botswana for always supporting the Karate Super League.

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Warrior Race – 5 April 2014

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.

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Solis Ortus JKA Championship 2014

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.

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Murakami Sensei’s 2014 Visit to Solis Ortus

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.

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