WKF African Games in Morocco – Herman van Wyk

09 Feb

Herman van Wyk started Karate at the age of 6 in 2010 at Shotokan Karate Academy.  Herman’s dream was to become a Black belt.  Herman started to compete in competitions.  In 2014 Herman Competed at the SA Championship and won his first Gold Medal and became the South African Champion for Boys Kumite at the age of 10.  Herman was invited to represent South African in Zambia.  We promised Herman that one day when he is old enough to travel with the team he can Represent his Country.
Since 2014 Herman was selected as the Free State team and competed at all the South African competitions.  Training hard and rewarded with good result.

Herman was selected to train at the High-Performance Centre of the Free State in 2016.  Herman trained hard and was performing at top Level.  As a little boy Herman had a dream and with hard work and commitment Herman was working towards making his dream come true.  In 2018 and 2019 Herman was Karateka of the year at Shotokan Karate Academy.  October 2019 Herman graded for his Shodan and he achieved his goal of becoming a Black Belt.  January 2020 Herman was invited by Karate South Africa to represent south Africa in Morocco.  Herman’s dream came true, he is old enough to represent his country and travel to Morocco with the South African team.   Herman received his Protea Colors.

Herman trained every day two times a day for 3 weeks.  As the going gets tough the tough gets going.  Sensei Quentin Rourke prepared Herman for this experience of a live time.  Everyone was supporting Herman and motivating him trough the blood, sweat and tears of training hard.

At the African Championship in Morocco, the division for Cadet boys U 70 kg was a small division.  Herman competed and Received a silver medal.  Herman’s dreams came true Black Belt and Protea colors.  With hard work and dedication anything is possible.  If you can dream it you can do it.

Special thank you to Sensei Quentin Rourke for years of training and believing in Herman van Wyk.  When times was tough Sensei Quentin you motivated Herman to just keep on going at the end everything is worth the effort.

WSKF National Instructors Seminar

26 Jan

First day of the National Instructors Seminar hosted in WSKF dojo’s from across southern Africa were well represented, with dojo heads and senior students from Langebaan in the south all the way to Windhoek in the north!

A content packed day at the second day of the National Instructors Seminar! After the previous day’s focus on kata, this day focused on intense kihon and kumite training. This was followed by a judging course and the annual AGM for all dojo heads.

Monthly regional senior training in Potch

04 Nov

The monthly regional senior training was hosted in Potchefstroom this last Saturday. It was a great training with the theme from all instructors focusing on fixing common mistakes.

The training started with a high energy kumite movement session presented by Stephan Steyn Sensei. This was followed by a session focused on leg strengthening exercises and correct stance and foot work with Simone Roig Sensei. The final session, presented by Marius Jordaan Sensei, focused on intensity in Gohon Kumite.

All students wore green belts on the day to support the victorious Springboks as they took part in the Rugby World Cup final!

WSKF Black Belt Dinner

13 Oct

The prestigious annual WSKF Black Belt Dinner was held at the Vaal Golf Club on the evening of Saturday, 5 th October. Black belts and their partners from all member dojos are invited to attend and always look forward to this highlight on the WSKF calendar!

The hall was beautifully decorated with a Japanese theme and lovely flowers. The décor never disappoints at this event. Lynette Pretorius and her team always does a fabulous job! The evening started with a welcome address from Mike Dukas Sensei, followed by a formal address from Marius Jordaan Sensei. Dojo instructors were invited to present their latest dojo news and achievements for the past year. All students felt proud to be part of WSKF South Africa as they realized the success of each of the dojos.

Congratulations to Andrio Lombaard Sensei, and the members of Kuro Obi Dojo, who achieved the award for Best WSKF Branch for 2019! As is tradition at this event, recently graded students were presented with their Dan Grading certificates from Japan. In addition, recognition was also given to the students that recently travelled to Japan to attend the WSKF World Karate Championships. After the formalities were finished, everyone was allowed to relax and enjoy a lovely evening with delicious food and drinks, surrounded by great friends!



WSKF National Dan Grading

13 Oct

The annual WSKF National Dan Grading was held on Saturday, 5 th October, at Vanderbijlpark Dojo. Candidates were represented from multiple dojos and attempted grades ranged from Shodan (1 st Dan) to Yondan (4 th Dan). This year’s grading panel consisted of the most senior WSKF members, ranging from Godan (5 th Dan) to Nanadan (8 th Dan). As such, the panel was extremely strict in evaluating all students. The large group executed their prescribed kihon and kata, as well as partaking in multiple rounds of strenuous kumite. Students attempting higher grades also presented their research article to the panel.

Congratulations to the following students who successfully passed the examination:

A) Promoted to Shodan:

  • Ruan Enslin
  • Sibusisiwe Mnguni
  • Julian Botterill
  • Larissa Beukes
  • Stephanus Van Niekerk
  • Vic Du Preez
  • Christopher Jenkins

B) Promoted To Nidan:

  • Jaco De Wet
  • John van der Sandt
  • Duncan Rogowski
  • Morrie Swart
  • Christiaan Van Wyk
  • Renier Basson
  • Jacques Matthee
  • Inge Titus
  • Carien Hartzenberg

C) Promoted To Sandan:

  • Lindie Jenkins
  • Banie Niehaus
  • Deon van der Berg
  • Zone Knoetze
  • Les Liebenberg

D) Promoted To Yondan:

  • Elize Zywotkiewicz
  • Gary Van Jaarsveld

Langebaan Karate Centre Dan Grading & Training

30 Sep

On abovementioned date three karateka from the Langebaan Karate Centre were  evaluated for Dan gradings by Shihan Mike Dukas and Sensei Jan Marx. After the grading the Langebaan Karateka had a very informative training session with Shihan Mike.

Sensei Les Liebenberg attained his Third Dan and Inge Titus her Second Dan. Sensei Lieb is 70 years old and is a noble example to the karateka of the Langebaan Dojo as he trains every evening from Monday to Thursday as well as on Saturday mornings.

Sensei Jan requested Shihan Mike to present training on the applicability of basics during the initial phases of development in kumite techniques. Shihan Mike gave an excellent overview of how basic techniques make up the foundation for kata and kumite. One aspect he emphasised was the importance of coordinating hip and limb movement during attacking and defending movements. These basic techniques were then applied practising gohon kumite.

It is always a great privilege to train under Shihan Mike.  His willingness to travel to Langebaan and his involvement with our Dojo is highly appreciated.

One thing that was once again clear after this training session is:  PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.

Arigatõ, Shihan Mike!

WSKF South Africa Tour to Tokyo, Japan 2019

11 Aug

The WSKF South African team of 15 members departed from Johannesburg on Sunday, 11th August, to Tokyo via Dubai. At Haneda airport, Tokyo, the team was picked up by bus and travelled to the Sakura Hotel in Ikebukuro.


South African Team in South Africa and at Tokyo Haneda Airport


The first day in Japan was used to recover from jetlag and to do some exploring. The team travelled to the famous Takeshita Street in Harajuku by train where they walked around and started to feel part of the Japanese community.

Harajuko and team at Yoyogi Park


A special training session with Isaka Sensei was held on Thursday. A three hour stretching session was conducted by Isaka Sensei where he taught exercises to stress the importance of muscle and bone movement. His famous quote, “Move like animal”, was heard repeatedly during the great training.

Training with Isaka Sensei


Friday was a day off from training and the team visited Shibya, where some took photographs at the famous Hachico sculpture and some took pictures of the night-lights at the busiest street crossing in the world.

Shibuya Night Lights and Hachico Sculpture


The team travelled to the beautiful seaside town of Kamakura on Saturday, where they visited Gichin Funakoshi’s shrine and trained with Kawasaki Sensei. This training session was full of energy and students were able to do test one on one fighting techniques, as well as some kata training (Hangetsu).

Training With Kawasaki Sensei in Kamakura


The official WSKF Technical Seminar was held from the 19th to 21st August 2019 at the Tokyo Budokan in Ayase. The seminar was conducted by WSKF World Chief Instructor, Hitoshi Kasuya Sensei (9th Dan). Days were hot and humidity was high. The sweat poured to the ground from time to time due to the heat and the intensive training combination. Each class started with warm up exercises and the importance of which exercises should be done before training was discussed. After warm up, class would commence with the three elements that make up Karate, namely: Kihon, Kumite and Kata. Special spin techniques, combination kumite techniques and the four sentei Kata’s (Bassai-Dai, Jion, Enpi and Kanku-Dai) were worked on and discussed.

Technical seminar at the Tokyo Budokan in Ayase


All country referees and judges would remain after training each day to practice and discuss the rules of the upcoming competition. On Wednesday, 21st August 2019, Kasua Sensei conducted the Dan examinations. It was a pleasure to see Mike Dukas Sensei (8th Dan) be invited to sit on the Dan grading panel. The following members successfully passed their gradings:

  • John Rust : Rokudan (6th Dan)
  • Phillip Venter : Rokudan (6th Dan)
  • Simone Roig y Collado : Godan (5th Dan)
  • Andrio Lombaard : Godan (5th Dan)
  • Cobus Nienaber : Yondan (4th Dan)
  • Lebo Motswaneng : Shodan (1st Dan)



17 Jun

It’s a cold morning on Monday, 17th June, and the air is buzzing with excitement as people stream in to the WSKF team challenge hosted at PMSC Kopanelo Indoor Sport Centre, Potchefstroom. Months of preparation have passed and now it’s time to put the energy on the floor! The focus of this unique event is all about building skill and camaraderie within WSKF.

Over a hundred competitors and over thirty officials line up for the opening bow and are ready to go at 8am. The championships started with the Team Kata divisions with each team giving their all and looking strong. There was clearly a lot of preparation at each and every competing dojo!

After a winning Unsu Team Kata by the Potchefstroom senior team, there was a quick break before the Team Kumite challenges kicked off. This was structured over two floors with a round robin of six men and six ladies teams. Ranging from 7 years old to over 21s, with 5 in a team. Each one competing against his own age group and earning points for their team see them progress higher up for the final challenge.

That wraps up an awesome day of karate WSKF style – everything fair, well organised, and in the spirit of true budo! New friends made and new challenges set for the next team challenge coming next year.

Congratulations to the all the winners and all students who took part in this fun event!


Senior Training, Referee & Table Officials Course

15 Jun

A busy day and another excellent regional senior training hosted in Vereeninging, followed by a successful referee and table official course conducted by Mike Sensei and Tatjana Sensei respectively.

In the first part of senior training, Mike Sensei focused on kihon and there-after the katas Sochin, Jitte, and Basai Dai were looked at in detail in preparation for the upcoming Japan grading.

After a fantastic lunch prepared by Lynette and John, the referee and table official courses commenced. Mike Sensei conducted a great referee course and all students old and new had the opportunity for valuable practical experience with different scenarios presented.

The table official course was conducted by Tatjana Sensei and the team of students and parents ran through their own set of draw sheet scenarios all in preparation for the upcoming WSKF events.

A big thank you to everyone involved – it was a great knowledge based day for all!

UWKFSA National Championships

30 Mar

4th UWKSA Nationals

Students from our Centurion dojo were invited to the 4th UWKSA Nationals on the 30th of March. The competition was endorsed by the WUKF (World Union of Karate-Do Federations) and was held at the South African Lipizzaners Hall. The day kicked off with a great treat, as the competitors were accompanied by two of the majestic Lipizzaners with the competition walk in.






There was great spirit all round as the first junior events started followed by the senior events. The competition was well run and it was a very fun day for the entire team. We sent a small senior team to compete and they came back with great results.

● Pierre de Klerk : 1st Kata
● Morrie Swart : 1st Kumite
● Carien Hartzenberg : 2nd Kata
● Pierre de Klerk : 2nd Kumite
● Morrie Swart : 3rd Kata