Black Belt Dinner – 2022

22 Jan

All WSKF Black belts and their partners from all member dojos are invited to attend the highlight on the WSKF calendar

The prestigious annual WSKF Black Belt Dinner will be being held at the Be my Guest Hotel on the evening of Saturday, 22nd of October 2022.

Come celebrate with us the achievements of all our karatekas for this past year.

 

National KSA Open and Elite Championships – 2021

11 Mar
Results from the Vaal
Congratulations to our following Vaal students on their achievements at the National KSA Open and Elite Championships in Tongaat, KZN this past weekend!
Lebohang Motshweneng won Gold in the Open Junior Male Kata division, achieved Bronze in the Junior Elite Male u76kg Kumite division and Bronze in the Open/Elite Male 14-17yrs Team Kata division.
Malose Makhafola got Silver for the Open Junior Male u61kg Kumite division and achieved Bronze in the Open/Elite Male 14-17yrs Team Kata division.
Declan Gerber won Gold in the Elite Cadet Boys Kata division and achieved Bronze in the Open/Elite Male 14-17yrs Team Kata division.
Sasha Rogowski achieved Bronze in the Open Cadet Girls Kata division.
Your dedication, hard work and humble attitude are what makes you the champions that you are. Well done!
Results from Centurion
We’d like to congratulate sensei @wenettejordaan for receiving two bronze medals at this past weekend’s KSA National Elite Championship. 🥉x1 Senior Female Kata 🥉x1 Senior Female Kumite (-61kg).
Results from Bloemfontein
The past weekend 15 students from SKA competed in Durban at KSA Elite and Open champs. We were blessed to win 12 Elite and 6 Opens medals.

RIP Shihan Peter Abrahams

09 Feb

Your humble yet strong presence will be greatly missed by everyone in WSKF South Africa.
Condolences to his family and friends.

Statement as Issued by the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (DSACR)

The Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (DSACR) has learnt with shock about the untimely passing on of Mr Shihan Peter Abrahams who, at the time of his departure, served the Free State Karate Federation (FSKF) as its President and as a Shihankai member of  the World Karate Shotokan Federation (WSKF)

Abrahams has been described by his colleagues as an exceptional individual who served his federation in a wise and unforgettable manner and also played a pivotal role in ensuring that the FSKF reaches new heights.

Upon learning about Abrahams’ passing, the Free State MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Mrs Limakatso Mahasa stated that “The flame of Shihan Peter Abrahams’ candle has sadly burnt out. He was a towering figure whose colleagues describe him as a consummate gentleman; a passionate administrator and a leader. His legacy will forever be engraved in our cognizance as a good soul who was radiant and full of life. We convey our deepest condolences to his wife Brenda, family, friends and colleagues”.   

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 results.

Herman was selected to train at the High-Performance Centre of the Free State in 2016.  Herman trained hard and was performing at the 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 get going.  Sensei Quentin Rourke prepared Herman for this experience of a lifetime.  Everyone was supporting Herman and motivating him through 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 colours.  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 were tough Sensei Quentin you motivated Herman to just keep on going at the end everything is worth the effort.

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 around 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

3rd Place for Lebo Motshweneng ate the KSA Nationals

25 Mar

Lebohang Motshweneng from WSKF Kuro-Obi Shotokan Karate-do Institute, Sasolburg Dojo, received 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 be 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 a huge amount of effort to attend extra classes with instructors that can assist him from a technical point of view. Lebo has a mindset 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.

 

WSKF SA National Development Championships – 2018

03 Oct

The WSKF South African National Development Championships was held this past weekend in Vanderbijlpark. This biennial event is a highlight on our calendar and has, once again, proven to be a huge success!

The development championships caters for members of all belt levels under the age of 21. This year’s event had WSKF members entered from all over South Africa, and even as far as Namibia!

The principles and standards of WSKF karate was clearly present as competitors competed in kata, basic kumite and free fighting. We are proud of each of our members and are happy to see that the medals were evenly presented across all dojos – highlighting the high level of standardization across all dojos.

A special congratulations to the following trophy winners:

– WSKF Best Tournament Spirit : Team Namibia lead by Leandro Sitler Sensei
– WSKF Best Female Competitor : Ulani Erasmus
– WSKF Best Male Competitor : Duncan Rogowski

The tournament ran smoothly and on time. It’s success was a result of so many members working together, including the table officials, judges, referees, instructors, first aid staff, kitchen staff, organizers, parents, and, most importantly, the children!

Thank you to all involved!

FISU World University Karate Championship in Japan – 2018

18 Apr

We are pleased to announce that three of our members, Brandon Shepherd, Coenraad Berrange and Wenette Jordaan, have been selected to represent University Sport South Africa (USSA) at the FISU World University Karate Championship in Kobe, Japan, during July 2018.

Only one athlete per division was selected from all the tertiary institutions across South Africa. Brandon secured the team position for Male U60kg Kumite, Coenraad for Male Team Kumite and Wenette for Female Kata. All three athletes have been WSKF members from a young age and have continued to train at the relevant WSKF dojo’s across South Africa as they relocated for their studies. Brandon is a student at North West University in Potchefstroom and is currently completing his BCom Economics and International Trade degree.

 

Coenraad is a fellow student at North West University and is studying a BSc degree in Tourism and Geography. A final year student at the University of Pretoria, Wenette is studying B Consumer Science specializing in Clothing Retail Management.

 

The World University Championship is a prestigious event and we wish our members all the best!