Lebo Motshweneng KSA 3rd place

25 Mar

Lebohang Motshweneng from WSKF Kuro-Obi Shotokan Karate-do Institute, Sasolburg Dojo, received a third place in Kumite at the recent KSA National Championships held in Cape Town on the 16/17th March 2019.

Lebo received his Free state colours during trials held in Bloemfontein on the 9/10th February 2019.

History : In 2010, at the age of 6, Lebo’s karate career started under Sensei Bryan Dukas. He started competing in 2012 at the age of 8 where he was chosen to represent Sedibeng at District Level, where he achieved highly.

In 2014, when he was 10 years old, he was fortunate to have the opportunity to compete at Provincial level, National level, and then selected to represent our country at the Zone 6 competition.

In 2015, due to his performance, he was selected to represent South Africa at the 9th Youth World Cup in Croatia. This was a great honour for him, as he got exposure and the opportunity to learn from his peers who came from different parts of the world.

Currently: Lebo trains basically every day. His main training dojo is at Sasolburg Dojo, but also trains with other WSKF instructors in the Vaal Region. Before competitions, Lebo puts in huge amount of effort to attend extra classes with instructors that can assist him from a technical point of view. Lebo has a mind-set of “back to basics”, because like he says: “I have learned from my instructor, if my basics are good the rest will fall in place.”

Word from his current Instructor: “In this past 8 years I have seen Lebo develop into the karateka he is today, Lebo has a deep passion for karate. He is a hardworking and dedicated karateka, always eager to learn. Throughout the years he has become a great young role model for new young karateka. I see him growing up to be an established senior black belt and exhibits the qualities of assistant instructor in the dojo one day, he is one of the top performers in karate overall. His achievements speaks louder than words. As a member of WSKF karate, I have found Lebo to be motivated and a responsible student who master technique and applies it well. He ask questions to ensure that he has a firm understanding of the technique. Lebo is self-motivated and gets along with all his fellow karateka”.

Congratulations to other members of the WSKF Kuro-Obi Shotokan Karate-do Institute, Sasolburg Dojo who also received their Free State colours, Ulani Erasmus, Declan Gerber and Sasha Rogowski.

Andre Bertel Sensei Seminar

15 Mar


WSKF students from all over South Africa travelled to Port Elizabeth for the highly anticipated Andre Bertel Sensei Seminar during the first weekend of March. The extremely successful seminar was hosted by United Shotokan Ryu (USR) and it was Bertel Sensei’s second visit to the African continent.

Bertel Sensei is an internationally respected, dynamic and inspirational teacher, with an unparalleled knowledge of Shotokan karate. He received private tuition from the late Japanese Shotokan karate master, Tetsuhiko Asai Sensei, and is now considered to be one of the leading practitioners of Asai-Ha Shotokan Ryu.

The seminar focused on devastating self-defense techniques and applications practiced before World War II, many of which have since been almost forgotten since the internationalization of Shotokan karate.

Bertel Sensei, originally from New Zealand, now lives in Oita City, Japan.
All WSKF students present left the seminar inspired and grateful for the wealth of new knowledge gained.
A special thank you to Gary Grapentin Sensei (Chairperson USR) for extending the invitation to our students and allowing all to experience training with this contemporary karate master.


WSKF Regional Black and Brown Belt Training – March 2019

15 Mar

The monthly regional senior training was hosted in Vereeniging dojo on Saturday, 9th March 2019. Training was conducted by Marius Jordaan Sensei who started the session with a variation of one step kumite with emphasis on effective counter attack.

This was followed by kihon presented by Andrio Lombaard Sensei. The focus of this month’s basics was the Shodan grading syllabus, specifically arm techniques.

The final two sessions were focused on kata with Martin Pretorius Sensei presenting kata Jion and Simone Roig y Collado Sensei presenting kata Basai Dai. Both katas are essential in preparation for Dan grading.

Training was well attended, with everyone training very hard. Students from Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark, Potchefstroom, Pretoria, Centurion and Alberton were present.

WSKF National Instructor Seminar – 2019

06 Mar

On the 26th January a WSKF Karate seminar was held at WSKF Karate Vaal Vereeniging Dojo. Black belts from all WSKF clubs attended this seminar that was led by Mike Dukas, Chief Instructor, WSKF SA. Karatika from as far as Angola attended this seminar. The slogan of the seminar was : “Back to basics” and Dojo heads concentrated on the basics of karate.

Provincial Achievements for WSKF SA – 2019

05 Mar

Karateka of Langebaan Karate Centre excels at KSA Championships held at Kuils River.Twelve karateka took part during 9 - 10 February this year and a total of 14 medals were won.

At the back (from left to right): Jan de Wet, Jan Marx (Instructor), Les Liebenberg (Instructor), Tiaan Henrico
Middle (from left to right): Aura Gottling, Danré Briel
Front (from left to right): Daniel Johnson, Ty Ribaudo, Caiden Vorster, Mischke Schoeman, Brett Oosthuizen, Annabelle Hulley
Insert: Inge Titus, Cai Marquez

For the Orange Free State Province we had the following students excel in there respective divisions: Duncan Rogowski <21 Male Kata, Ulani Erasmus 16/17 Jnr Female Kata, Lebohang Motshweneng 14/15 Male Kata and 14/15 Male Kumite <70kg, Sasha Rogowski  12/13 Girls Kata and Declan Gerber 12/13 Boys Kata

Well done to all karateka


Dojo Kun

04 Dec

1. Hitotsu! Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomeru koto.
Seek perfection of character.

2. Hitotsu! Makoto no michi o mamoru koto.
Be faithful.

3. Hitotsu! Do ryoku no seishin o yashinau koto.
Endeavor to excel.

4.Hitotsu! Rei gi o omonzuru koto.
Respect others.

5Hitotsu! Kekki no yu o imashimuru koto.
Refrain from violent behaviour.

20 Lessons of Master Funakoshi

04 Dec

1. Karate begins and ends with courtesy.
2. There is no first attack in karate.
3. Karate must only be used for justice.
4. Know yourself first, and then know others.
5. The mind comes before the body.

6. Set the mind free.
7. Carelessness comes before accidents.
8. Karate is not only for the dojo.
9. Karate training is for a lifetime.
10. Put karate in everything you do.

11. Karate is like hot water turning cold.
12. Do not think that you have to win, but think that you do not have to lose.
13. Understand the difference between vulnerable and invulnerable points.
14. Move according to your opponent.
15. Think of your opponent’s hands and feet as swords.

16. Once you leave home you have 1,000,000 enemies.
17. Kamae is for the beginner, Shizentai is for the advanced.
18. Kata done correctly will be different than combat.
19. Remember the light and heavy elements of kata.
20. Always think creatively.

Essentials of Budo

04 Dec


There is a word “YAIKI” in Japanese Archery. It mean the moment of arrows.
Even an arrow hits the target,we can see the way of hitting is bad or not.
You might think that if the arrow hits the target, the way of hitting is not so important.
However, if the arrow has bad “YAIKI”,the arrow can hit the target, but cannot go through an armour or board.
This can be applied to the techniques of KARATE. First class Karate Player’s techniques make people shudder by their speed, power, and control. Immature players can play with speed, but lack something.
Though they might get points, not to improve their techniques with thorough going practices. This is same as bad YAIKI, which lacks something essential in martial arts.
In sports, getting points tends to be considered important. Actually, many Karate instructors teach players how to “win” the match. However, although Karate has an aspect of Sports, It is yet based on the concept of BUDO, martial arts.
Karate is not about winning, the way of winning and the process of challenging a match is most important. In this process, players learn many things, not only technique but also mental toughness.
Doping issues and illegal acts by judges and players in Olympic games are a warped aspect of the doctrine of winning.


Now, let me talk about mentality. What makes YAIKI bad or good is the people’s minds.
if the person is in the state of spiritual darkness, YAIKI will be bad. In Karate, there is “test
splitting,” which is splitting a plank or stone in two by a hand. If you have anxiety or hesitation in your mind, you cannot split it because it acts brake on splitting a plank.
This is also same in KUMITE and KATA. Hesitation changes dynamics of WAZA (techniques). I myself, when I was young,
I always had to fight with the anxiety and hesitation my mind. As the strong desire to win makes my body inflexible, I could not display its ability and lost a lot. Even when I won a match, I could not win in an ideal way.
I played until the age of 40.I was released from the spiritual darkness at the age of 33.
Before the final match of World Championships, when I was planning strategies, suddenly I felt that I would leave the rest to providence as I did my best until today (actually I practiced about 10 hour/day for 2 month before the match).
Then I felt relived, and won in an ideal way in which my body worked involuntarily with disinterest in winning.
After that I continue to play until the age of 40 because I pursued this ideal spiritual moment. My main interest to play Karate is to play in this ideal way, not to win games.


in Karate, there are Kata (forms). Most of them are established in China, then introduced to Okinawa (Southern islands in Japan).
From old time, Karate players improved their techniques by practising these forms. Technique of Karate can be acquired by practising KATA. Recently, people tend to practice by KUMITE (fighting) to win game, and not to practice KATA. KATA is essence of Karate. In KUMITE, you can play only with combative instinct and quick relaxes without learning the forms and techniques. If someone practices only by KUMITE, he/she will not be able to play Karate over the age of 40.
By KATA, you can learn ideal balance, speed and breathing. Today, the era of games, Karate players tend to care how to show their playing style and forms beautifully using KATA,
in which real powerful punch and kick cannot be seen. On the other hand, it does not mean that can get beautiful KATA by getting only speed and power.
My purpose of practising KATA places great importance on the mental aspect. I can calm down myself before starting KATA, I try not to strain and relax myself (Zenshin) when I do forwarding KATA, maintaining dynamic status while performing static movement, and maintaining static status while conducting violent attack, to play KATA with senses of fulfilment and fight (Tsuushin) and to end with no idle thoughts, which is very difficult to achieve. (Zanshin)
I experienced this feeling only twice when I was competitor in games in the past.
I did not notice anyone even audience and judges, and my breathing was perfect in spite of the hard movements. I attained a spiritual state of perfect selflessness and it was great feeling. I practice Karate over 40 years almost every day and every time to achieve this feeling.
From my experience, I found that controlling myself is much more difficult that controlling opponents in the fight.
What I want to say is your mind moves and controls your body.


Finally, I would like to talk about REI (respect).
In martial arts, REI is considered very important. REI means respecting people. The significance of leaning Karate is this, especially for youth and children.
Off course, Karate is ideal sport which works to make youth and children’s body gain well-balance physique. However the most
important thing is that Karate gives children a sense of respect and confidence by possessing techniques.


Another important point is modesty. For Japanese, this modesty is very important.
Although this point might be difficult to understand for others in different cultures, this is the most important point in learning martial arts.
If you are too confident, you cannot see important things. If you consider you are immature, you can ask others for advice.
This is because Karate players bow before entering DOJO (training hall). In other word, they have to leave their pride and career outside of DOJO to learn everything modestly.
In Japan person who shows off his ability is regarded as uneducated and uncultured person. However, in some countries, displaying one’s ability is considered important.
This is a matter of cultural difference. I don’t know which is better.


Finally, the quintessence of sport combative is that when you face an opponent, you bow properly with respect, show combative instinct like animals with the voice of the judge HAJIME, fight with omniscience and omnipotence, come back to human being with the voice of judge announcing the end YAME, and then bow with modesty and respect regardless of defeat or victory.
This action is beauty of a martial arts.

From http://www.world-shotokan.com/shotokan_e/essential.html

World Shotokan Karate Federation

Benefits of Karate

04 Dec

Karate is one of the most balanced and complete ways of keeping in good physical condition. Karate incorporates the use of the entire body in which legs, hips, spine, shoulders and arms are co-ordinated to develop balance, flexibility, poise, speed, strength and stamina. No other form of training uses as many parts of the body to such an extent. Karate is not seasonal and so one’s condition can be maintained throughout the year. Other forms of training, where exercise for the sake of exercise is done, become a chore after the first enthusiasm passes and are invariably dropped. However, Karate becomes more interesting and rewarding as you progress, without any limit. Even after decades of training, students will still be learning and improving their techniques – this is very rare in any sport.

Karate training has many benefits for children, especially the development of three important areas of their personality, namely self-confidence, etiquette and discipline.


Karate helps prepare a child for life. The children in our Karate classes know more is expected of them and with a little encouragement and support from their instructor and parents, they rise to the occasion.


Children are taught from the outset that Karate is primarily a defensive and not an offensive martial art. They learn to be polite and respect their fellow students, instructor and parents. Soon, they become aware that good manners consist of having consideration for other people.


Children react to discipline very well and after a short period they develop self-discipline. Their concentration is enhanced as they focus their mind on the job in hand. Many parents notice a marked improvement in their child’s powers of concentration.

WSKF SA National Dan Grading – 2018

08 Oct

The annual WSKF National Dan Grading was held on Saturday, 6th October 2018, at Vanderbijlpark Dojo.

Various students attempted grades from Shodan (1st Dan) to Yondan (4th Dan) under the watchful eye of an extremely senior grading panel led by Mike Dukas Sensei (8th Dan).

The highlight of the day was Tatjana Radojevic-Rogowski who successfully graded to Yondan (4th Dan). Tatjana Sensei had an impressive and technically advanced grading, showcasing her brilliant ability and knowledge.

The National Grading was also extended to cater for the members in the Western Cape.

The following members also passed the respective grading.

Frikkie Botha (Nidan), Jan – Taljaard Marx (Nidan), Inge Titus (Shodan), Jan De Wet (Shodan), Lieb Liebenberg (Nidan) en Jan Marx (Yondan).

Congratulations to all successful candidates on attaining their new grade!