The Turkish karate trio of Haldun Alagas, Bahattin Kandaz and Sait Ucan first visited South Africa in 2010 to present its week long training camp. The goal behind these training camps are to expose our athletes to the coaching of these top coaches in order to prepare them to reach their goals. The Turkish coaches are brilliant in movement and agility and their fighting combination is advanced.
Since 2010 Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen have not missed a single training camp hosted by Sensei Haldun Alagas. Sensei Haldun Alagas is a Turkish karateka who is a multiple World and European champion.
On Saturday, 18 July 2015 Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen, together with Sensei Morgan Moss invited the Turkish karate trio to present a training session to juniors and seniors at the Solis Ortus dojo in Garsfontein. Karatekas from all over Gauteng attended this training session. Some found it so informative that they participated in both senior and junior sessions. This is testament to the fact that our athletes are hungry to learn and willing to work hard. We all enjoy receiving the world knowledge of our Seniors, Mentors and Champions. It is always a privilege when we have them on South African soil and they are willing to share their knowledge with us.
On the day of the training sessions it was clear that all who arrived for the session was very excited to start and to learn. The hall was packed and soon it became very hot inside on a chilly winter’s day. Karatekas were split up into lines and groups to make movements easier. All over you could see the concentration on each and every person’s face, each one trying their best to master a technique and do the best they can. It is wonderful to see young and old put in all their effort because they love their sport so much.
The karate community is a strong one, and we are all connected and united in the sport. It makes our Sensei very proud to share moments such as this one with so many athlete and he looks forward to sharing many more such moments with you all.
The sun is rising to mark the start of the SA JKA Nationals 2015. Hope you are all dressed warmly and ready for action. Good luck and have fun!!!
This is the message our Sensei sent the Team early on Friday morning. What a tournament. Solis Ortus did us proud with 49 medals out of 59 competitors. Some of us had a good day and some had a fantastic learning curve.Always remember “never a failure always a lesson”. If you improved in the tournament you have won!
Friday went smoothly, and the coloured belts did extremely well. SO brought home 36 medals! Well done to all the karatekas!
Saturday was another ball game. We did African Cup trials inbetween which resulted in a very long day. The groups were very big per floor and the competion of a very high standard. Many karatekas qualified for the African Cup and SO congratulates everyone who is in the team. Well done!
After a successful tournament we retired very late and with exhausting bodies to yet celebrate a successful SA JKA 2015.
What an amazing AND most scary experience. With the honour of representing our country, Elmien , Heilethe and I entered the Portuguese hall in Johannesburg with mixed emotions. Elmien was the more “relaxed” one as she had done this before, but the same could not be said for the rest of us.
Thursday we spent about 4 hours at the hall for weigh in and team speeches’ by Sensei Ian le Roux. We got to meet our coaches and did roll call.
Friday met us with some nerves as we spent the day supporting our team and seeing the other countries’ karatekas for the first time. Botswana entered with good spirit. Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique were there as well.
All the children, juniors and cadets competed that day and the quality was of an incredibly higher standard than what we are used to seeing on regional’s and provincials…..even nationals. I could not believe the speed that the katas were performed with. Absolutely amazing!
Then Saturday hit us and the butterflies became dragons. Fire breathing, evil, HUGE dragons. As we arrived we were told all veterans (that’s me and Heilethe) were on first. We had hardly time to defrost as we reported to our floors and did our stuff.
As most competitors feel after an event like this, it was with mixed emotions – a feeling one could have done better and a feeling of pride as we know we did our best at the time, and we did something we never thought we would ever do…REPRESENT OUR COUNTRY..and also..REPRESENT OUR CLUB, which is probably the one thing one feels the most proud about.
The standard I saw on that tournament made me even more determined to improve on my karate and also showed me I still have a very long road to go as far as my own standard is concerned. It also showed me that our club can definitely compare to the best in SA as our Sensei definitely knows his karate as he was one of the coaches for the children/cadet and junior team and many turned to him for advice. It made me very proud to tell other karatekas I belong to Solis Ortus, and Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen, a name many recognised, was MY Sensei.
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Solis Ortus youngest student is 4 years old oldest student is 65. Our Solis Ortus Karate Club caters for everyone, young and old.
This year our aim is to get more families to start karate together and also more Veterans (over 35). Our Veteran group is growing and they are doing so well at the tournaments