Category Archives: Club

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

Registration 2019

Your first step to becoming part of the Solis Ortus family is to complete the Registration form.

This form will contain all the initial information you require – class times, class fees, registration fees and general rules and guidelines.

Should you require any additional information or if you want to discuss the form, please feel free to drop me an e-mail at

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Open Day 2015

Solis Ortus in Pretoria had its Open Day this past Saturday, 24th of January 2015 and once again, it was a great success!

We had the privilege of showcasing some our most talented students and our training and teaching techniques to current and prospective students.

We are looking forward to a lasting relationship with our new students and we, as instructors, are equally excited about sharing our knowledge with you.

Thank you to everybody that made the day a great success!


Solis Ortus Team

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Start Karate in Pretoria

This year Solis Ortus is 37 years old…..37 years of blood, sweat, tears, many medals, more learning curves and we are still growing.

Karate is such an awesome sport because it caters for young and old, fit and unfit.  Every type of person will take something positive from this all round conditioning sport.

Benefits of doing Karate:

  1. Fostering Self-Discipline
  2. Boosting Socialization Skills
  3. Encouraging Physical Activity
  4. Learning to Set and Achieve Goals
  5. Increased Self-Esteem
  6. Instilling a Sense of Respect
  7. Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution
  8. Improving Listening Skills
  9. Developing Teamwork Skills
  10. Improvement in Other Areas of Life

Our youngest student is 4 years old….our oldest student is 70!! What is your excuse?

Year End Function 2014

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.


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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.










Breast Cancer Month

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.

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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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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.


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.


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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