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.
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.
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.