Solis Ortus received a few new shodans! (1st degree black belt) They all received their official JKA certificates from JKA headquarters in Japan.
Hardus van Jaarsveld, Christo Olivier, brothers Deepan and Veer Valla graded to shodan at JKA honbu in October 2020.
Tiaan Uys graded to his Shodan in March 2021
This was their crowning glory after months (and years) of intensive preparation and training. The five new shodans already received their black belts and endured their initiation into the senior class soon after grading.
However, the diploma, finely crafted on Japanese rice paper, serves as official recognition of their status as shodans. They can proudly display their diplomas when not in their gi and wearing their obi!
We hope the diplomas also serve as reminders that their karate journey has only just started.
On the weekend of 26 and 27 March 2021, 365 days after SA’s hard lockdown, SA JKA hosted another successful National Dan Grading and Standardisation Seminar.
Tiaan Uys successfully completed his Shodan grading (1st Dan), becoming Solis Ortus’ newest black belt. We want to congratulate you on your achievement, as we know you have worked hard over the years and had to overcome a back injury too.
All black belts across SA were invited to attend the Standardisation Seminar. Due to ever changing times, the Standardisation Seminar for 2021 only hosted dojo heads. It is absolutely amazing to see how healthy SA JKA is. The attendance from various dojo heads was mind blowing.
As always, our own dojo head, Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen, was in the front row to gather as much knowledge as possible which he in turn will bring back to his ever growing dojo and make the best of any potential karateka.
It was a great weekend compared to a year ago. Staying fit and healthy through it all!