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.
The past weekend of 28 August saw Eugene Oosthuizen sensei and a number of Karate Performance Centre (KPC) athletes compete for Gauteng at the KSA Open & Elite Nationals in Durban. Eugene sensei attended as Gauteng coach.
On Sunday, some of our athletes participated in the SA Squad Training in preparation for the Region 5 Championship, UFAK Championship and other international competitions planned for the remainder of 2021, including the WKF World Champs to be held in Dubai.
Congratulations to all our star athletes! KPC and Solis Ortus is very proud of you.
Solis Ortus has done it once. And Solis Ortus is doing it again – continuing with online karate classes through Zoom!
The massive rise of Covid-19 infections nationally and in Gauteng especially has resulted in literally every Solis Ortus karateka feeling the effects of this terrible pandemic on a very personal level.
Following the successful first grading of 2021, Eugene Oosthuizen sensei and the instructors thought it wise to put into practice what was learned during the first hard lockdown in 2020 to keep all our students safe.
Solis Ortus already started Zoom classes a week or more before President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday 27 June that the country will again go into Level 4 lock-down. Level 4 basically locked-down leisure activities again that include gyms and fitness centres.
Eugene sensei indicated even before the official news that it is in the best interests of the entire Solis Ortus family that the dojo move to online classes until the third wave reaches its peak.
We would like to encourage all our karateka to continue training – in the comfort of your own homes!
Solis Ortus hosted yet another great grading under the watchful eye of Eugene Oosthuizen sensei on Saturday 12 June 2021. The grading was extra special as it was also Eugene sensei’s birthday!
After months of preparation around Solis Ortus karateka got the opportunity to demonstrate what they learned in class. The day kicked off early at 6 am with Eugene sensei and instructors getting everything in place to ensure a successful grading whilst complying with Covid-19 protocols. The grading went smoothly, with Covid-19 measures strictly adhered to. We finished on time, yet again, with no hiccups!
First up were Sandy sensei’s Minis. This was the largest group of Mini little karateka between ages 3 and 6 graded to grade in several years. At least one Mini also graded from Sandy sensei’s Minis to a proper white belt. Sandy shed a few tears in sadness for saying goodbye to a Mini and in happiness, and happy tears as this karateka’s karate life take on a new dimension.
Next to grade were the white belts going to yellow one. They all graded really well. They were followed by yellow ones who graded to full yellow, including a few older white belts. Solis Ortus has a whole bunch of new yellow belts. Well done to everyone!
Then it was time for yellow belts going to orange one and full orange. There were again a few older karateka taking the next step in their karate life. Solis Ortus is very proud of every girl and boy, lady and gentleman that graded!
Under Eugene sensei’s hawk-eye more karateka graded to green one and green belts, blue one and blue belts, and to purple one and purple. This is when one truly begins to realise what karate could mean in one’s life. Keep it up guys and gals!
Then it was time to grade to red belts. The pressure in the dojo at this grading was high but everyone showed their dedication. Well done!
The red belts were followed by karateka grading to junior brown and black as well as a few grading to kyu 3 and 2. The grading session was hard. Eugene sensei not only test every karateka’s kata and kihon, but also their endurance and fitness. All told, ten karateka successfully completed the last grading of the day. Solis Ortus is really proud of everyone!
Lastly, we want to thank Eugene sensei for his guidance and respect showed towards every single karateka and instructor – not only on the day but also in every class! It is a privilege to be part of Solis Ortus and to be taught by you!
Karate South Africa held a Team Building Camp over the weekend of 4 June 2021 in the Drakensberg at the Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Leisure Resort, near Underberg and Sani Pass in freezing temperatures and snow-covered mountains.
The Training Camp provided standardisation to KSA athletes and coaches.
Eugene Oosthuizen sensei attended the camp as KSA National Coach. On Friday evening an energetic training session took place with everyone where Eugene sensei trained the U21, Senior, Vets and Master athletes. This was followed by a briefing session where the program and rules for the weekend were discussed.
On Saturday morning, there were separate kata and kumite training sessions. Athletes attended another training session and completed fitness tests just after lunch. Coaches and athletes then attended a referees course immediately following the fitness tests.
Michelle Singh sensei presented a psychology session after the course. A few coaches were afterwards selected to give motivational speeches, where Eugene sensei was asked to give some inspiration to the athletes.
A mini-tournament was hosted on Sunday where the selection panel kept a watchful eye over the competitors, observing them for a possible chance to compete in the region 5 tournament.
Thank you to Eugene sensei for giving his time, yet again, to teach and inspire karateka from across South Africa!
Several Karate Performance Centre athletes that qualified for the Gauteng Karate Federation team took part in Squad training sessions on Saturday 8 May. The training catered for both online and in-class training with a jam-packed program. In-class training was presented in Morgan Moss sensei’s dojo in Krugersdorp.
The day kicked off with kumite training for children aged 7 to 11 from 8h00 to 10h00, followed by kumite training for cadets aged 12 to 13 that ended around 12h15. Kata training followed for children aged 7 to 13, then athletes aged 14 and older, which ended at around 14h30. Training of Junior and Master athletes took place in the afternoon from 14h45 to 17h30.
Our own Eugene Oosthuizen sensei is the GKF chief coach and did what he does best on the day: making champions of all the athletes.
KPC thanks sensei Morgan sensei for making his dojo available for the training. And, thanks to Eugene sensei for putting in all his time and effort. We wish all our athletes the best of luck: put your training into practice and make KPC proud!
Several Karate Performance Centre athletes competed over the weekend of 9 to 11 April held in Bloemfontein. They formed part of the Gauteng team competing in the Karate South Africa team events.
Eugene Oosthuizen sensei arrived in Bloemfontein on Thursday to check the lay of the land. On Friday 9 April, KPC karateka took three gold, a silver and bronze. Well done to the gold winners, Ethan Brazelle, Isabelle Esterhuizen, and Franko Vertue. Pieter Jordaan received a silver for kumite and bronze for kata.
Day 2 on Saturday 10 April went equally well. Elmien Viljoen took a silver medal, whilst Hardus van Jaarsveld and Thirq du Preez both received bronzes for kumite.
Sunday 10 April was the young ones’ (8/9 years) chance to perform, taking two gold and two silver medals. Eben Millard and Shiloh Verreyne Roos both took home their gold medals. Anica Myburgh and Jean van der Westhuizen got silver.
Well done and congratulations to Eugene sensei and all competing karateka.
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!
THIS ARTICLE IS FOR ALL SOLIS ORTUS STUDENTS WHO SURVIVED THE 2020 LOCKDOWN AND CAME OUT STRONGER!!!
Early March 2020, and the world is buzzing amidst the new Covid-19 outbreak. Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen’s mind is in overdrive, thinking of ways to keep his students going strong in light of the very uncertain times heading our way. Sensei Eugene has discussions with fellow karateka and friends, both here and overseas. They all
start brain storming.
We know a hard lock down is coming and we follow news from around the world.
On 23 March 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa announcesthe lockdown in South Africa for 21 days from 26 March 2020. However, we knew that this lockdown would last much longer.
When the announcement came our students were already introduced to Zoom training and so started our online training journey. With dedicated students and their parents, instructors and lots of Wifi data, we pulled our dojo through a time that will go down in the history books.
This time will forever become part of the rich history of Solis Ortus karate dojo.
We witnessed our students overcome a very tough time and bettered themselves in more ways than one.
We hosted the first ever online grading which was a HUGE success.
We helped our karate family members where help was asked for and we only came back stronger.
Solis Ortus students – this message is for you!
Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for training in very difficult times. Thank you for remaining disciplined and respectful over a screen.
With the online training, we invited you into our home and you invited us into yours. The Solis Ortus family is one of greatness, strength and unity and we appreciate each and every one.
We know that Solis Ortus students are destined for greatness. And, if 2020 was the year to measure greatness, it is evident that we have the best in our dojo.
Each student, each parent, each family member and every dog, cat and lovebird that joined in on the online training – WE BOW and say “OSS”!
Solis Ortus Karate Performance Centre (KPC) athletes again performed well at the Karate South Africa (KSA) Nationals for under-21s, Seniors, Veterans, and Masters, held in Secunda over the weekend of 19 to 21 March. Three KPC athletes competed.
Friday 19 March kicked off with co ach and referee training that Eugene Oosthuizen sensei attended. On Saturday morning, the under-21s (18-20 years), Veterans (35 to 49 years) and Masters (over 50 years) competed. Seniors (16+ years) competed on Sunday.
Hardus van Jaarsveld competed in the under-21 division on Saturday where he took a gold for kumite. Also on Saturday, Ruan van der Westhuizen received a bronze in the men’s Veteran division. Elmien Viljoen competed in the Senior women’s division on Sunday, but unfortunately did not medal.
Yet again, well done to Eugene sensei and the KPC athletes!
Solis Ortus Karate Performance Centre (KPC) athletes cleaned up the medals at the Karate South Africa (KSA) Nationals held in Durban over the weekend of 5 to 7 March.
Eugene Oosthuizen sensei arrived in Durban on Thursday to prepare. The KPC highlights started with the coaches and referees meeting and training course on Friday. He, along with other coaches and refs, wrote exams on kata and kumite. Eugene sensei once again excelled, passing the kumite exam with a 98% mark, and the kata exam with 92%.
On Friday afternoon, Eugene sensei held an informal KPC training session on the beach at Umdloti. The athletes trained hard, yet got the chance to relax before the action on Saturday and Sunday. They even had a dip in the sea before and after each day’s training.
KPC entered nine athletes in the children’s division (7-13 years) and cadette division (14-15 years) that took place on Saturday and Sunday respectively. All nine athletes medaled and became National Champions!
In the children’s division on Saturday (which continued on Sunday), Eben Millard, Franco Vertue, Shiloh Verreyne Roos, Anica Myburgh, Ethan Brazelle, and Isabelle Esterhuizen all received gold medals, Jean van der Westhuizen took a silver, and Pieter Jordaan came in with a bronze. In the cadette division on Sunday, Thirq du Preez took gold.
Well done to Eugene sensei and all the KPC athletes. You made us proud yet again. Shows that dedication, effort, and great teachers pays!
“They may take our freedom but they will never take away our FUN!!”😁😁
Even during lockdown we continue with our various planned themes for our online classes.
It may be because our students train from home, but this year the ninja dress up was fierce and on point. It was OSS-ame to see all the “ninjas” pop up on the screen and if not for the name on the bottom of the screen some were unrecognizable.
Thank Solis Ortus family for continuing to have fun with us and still training hard. We see you! We appreciate you! We miss you all!
On Wednesday night, 6 November 2019, the senior class enjoyed a training session with Sensei Bernard Buys. Sensei Bernard is no stranger to Solis Ortus.
He started the class by teaching us how to speed up our punches. A simple technique actually. So, instead of thinking about the hand having to do the punch, think of the hand which will become your next Hikite (put back hand).
After this great eye opener we moved on to hips. If you have ever had the pleasure of watching (martial) art in motion and seeing Sensei Bernard on the tatami, you will know that HIPS and the use thereof is Bernard Sensei’s forte.
The Japanese are very good with the use of their lower body. We are very good in using our upper body strength. We all need to figure the glue between the lower and upper body. HIPS HIPS HIPS!
We do Heian Shodan with zenkutsu dachis and xhosa dachis. The xhosa dachi forces you to squeeze your hip muscles and go down into deep solid stances. These moves ties in beautifully with Empi. The session moves onto Jion and one can see the karatekas getting faster the more they apply Sensei Bernard’s teaching and tips.
The class is finished off with a fun way in which to use your hips. Loosen the little side strings on your gi, now karate your heart out. If the strings did not move, you have not used your hips.
Looking forward to implementing this technique with our youngsters.
Work hard on staying fast on your hips, push and never give up!