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.
Our first club grading of 2015 has come and gone … and it was a great success!
On the 23rd of May 2015, our students submitted to intense scrutiny from Sensei Eugene and some of the club’s black-belts and guess what? The students did their best and they made it – earning themselves their next belt level!
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Welcome to this second installment of “Down Under”, where I relate my 2014 martial-arts training experience whilst I was visiting Australia’s incredible Sunshine Coast, in the state of Queensland.
As I mentioned in part 1 of this 2-part series, I had been asked to go to Australia by my company and ended up staying there for 4 months. During the first 2 months of my trip, I trained with Shihan Martin Day of Combat Karate. As I mentioned in part 1, it had been an incredible experience to learn from him, but I needed to get back into my Shotokan training since I wanted to stay current with my techniques – especially since I was planning on going for my Shodan (1st Dan) grading in 2015.
As exhilarating the experience of new and different things had been when at Combat Karate, during my first 2 months, so exhilarating also was the feeling of familiarity upon entering the Shotokan Karate-Do dojo, located in Coolum Beach – one of the most beautiful places on the Australian Sunshine Coast.
Continue reading Down Under – Part 2 – Shotokan Karate-Do Sunshine Coast