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Karate

Introduction

Originally, karate is a Japanese martial art, the word translating into empty hand in Japanese. Hence, our teaching incorporates demonstrating self-defence using the human body in the most scientific and effective way of generating power within a person.

It is the dojo kun (principles of karate) that govern the teaching and form the basis of the atmosphere within the dojo (place of teaching). Each karateka (karate student) is expected to uphold these principles, and demonstrate them both on and off the floor. It is encouraged that karateka observe the dojo kun within their training, thus enhancing their skills and preventing unnecessary injuries. The first being CHARACTER, encourages one to seek perfection of thereof - speaking to aspects of  individuality and morality. The second being SINCERITY, promoting faithfulness - speaking to the aspect of loyalty and honesty. The third being EFFORT, reminds one to endeavour - speaking to aspects of focus and determination. The fourth being ETIQUETTE, emphasizes the respect of others - speaking to aspects of consideration and manners. The final being SELF CONTROL, warning against violent behaviour and speaks to aspects of temper and maliciousness.

It is these principles that have founded the core values of friendship, perseverance and strength within Wits Karate and have allowed the establishment of our club for over 50 years. There are no requirements to join karate, as students work within the realm of their abilities exploring both fields of karate: Kata (formations) and Kumite (fighting/ sparring)

 

Through systematic training, karate develops and strengthens mental and physical fitness; develops concentration and co-ordination; improves reflexes and strengthens the will and aim to build character. The club is affiliated with the South African Japanese Karate Association (SA JKA).

2017

1. Action plan: Throughout the year of 2017, we are focused on the revitalisation of our club, aiming to re-brand ourselves as competitive and fierce. Gradings (karate examinations) are to take place 3 times a year, facilitating students' journey to achieving a black belt, and producing a group of advanced karateka.

Growing the skill set of our students will allow us to confidently enter into the Intervarsity Championships in 2018 (USSA's), opening up a competitve platform for all current karateka. We are aiming to enter into an additional two tournaments for 2018: Karate Syndicate Championships, and SA JKA Provincial tournament, of which placing in the latter tournament, students may earn provincial and national colours.

It is the aim of 2017 to aggressively strive toward a renewed and cohesive club.

2. Tournament results

Karate Syndicate Championships: Alexandra Paris - Gold medal for Individual Kumite

                                                  Jonathan Judin - Placed joint 3rd for Individual Kata

                                                  Jordan Ross - Placed joint 3rd for Individual Kata

SA JKA Provincial: Crystal Poulter - Gold medal for Individual Kata

                                                   - Gold Medal for Team Kata

                            Jonathan Judin - Placed 4th in Senior Individual Kata

                                                  - Gold Medal for Team Kata

 

                            Jordan Ross - Silver medal for u20 in Individual Kata

 

SA JKA National: Crystal Poulter - Gold medal for Individual Kata

                                                   - Gold Medal for Team Kata

                            Jonathan Judin - Placed 6th in Senior Individual Kata

                                                   - Gold Medal for Team Kata

 

                            Jordan Ross - Gold Medal for u20 in Individual Kata

 

 

15th AUSC Region 5 Karate Union Championships: Shayur Hansraj - Bronze medal for u21 Kumite

                                                                                                  - Placed 4th in Seniors Kumite.

 

Ranking:

Crystal Poulter earned Senior National JKA Colours - Represented South Africa in the Gichin Funakoshi Championships, Ireland

Jonathan Judin earned Senior National JKA Colours - Represented South Africa in the Gichin Funakoshi Championships, Ireland

Jordan Ross earned Junior National JKA Colours - Represented South Africa in the Gichin Funakoshi Championships, Ireland

Shayur Hansraj earned Senior Protea Colours awarded by SASCOC, ranked top 6 in South Africa

2016

SA JKA Provincial: Crystal Poulter - Gold medal for Individual Kata

                                                   - Gold Medal for Team Kata

                             Jonathan Judin - Gold Medal for u21 Individual Kata

                                                   - Gold Medal for Senior Unison Kata

                             Jordan Ross - Silver medal for u18 in Individual Kata

SA JKA National: Crystal Poulter - Bronze medal for Individual Kata

                                                 - Gold Medal for Team Kata

                          Jonathan Judin - Gold Medal for u21 Individual Kata

                                                - Gold Medal for Senior Unison Kata

 

                          Jordan Ross - Silver medal for u18 in Individual Kata

 

Ranking:

Crystal Poulter earned Senior National JKA Colours

Jonathan Judin earned Senior National JKA Colours

 

Additional Accolades

Jordan Ross achieved his 2nd Dan at the 2016 JKA National Grading

Contact Us

Chair: Crystal Poulter | Email: 740576@students.wits.ac.za 

Sports Officer: Njabulo Xulu | Email: njabulo.xulu@wits.ac.za

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/WitsKarate

Instagram: @witskaratedojo

About

Practices times:

Mondays:          1:20pm – 2:15pm                 All levels

Wednesdays:    1:20pm – 2:15pm                 All levels

Fridays:             1:20pm – 2:15pm

Venue: Judo Hall, Sturrock Park (leading off of West campus, behind the law buildings)

 

Coaches: Sensei Leon De Villiers - 4th Dan

               0834428131

               leon@durray.co.za

 

               Sensei Karyn Smith - 5th Dan

               0825790890

               jkabassonia@gmail.com

 

               Sensei Bruce Smith - 7th Dan

               0725081792

               jkabassonia@gmail.com

 

Committee:   Chairperson: Crystal Poulter

                     Vice chairperson: Jonathan Judin

                     Treasurer: Tarrin Skeepers

                     Secretary: Akani Mathivha

                     Development Officer: Alexandra Paris


Sports Officer: Njabulo Xulu

 

Fee:                 R500 per annum, credited to student account.

 

Tournaments:

Karate Syndicate Championships

SA JKA Provincial Championships

USSA Championships (Intervarsity Championships)

Wits Karate is one of the university's most active sport clubs, its existence on campus dating back to the 1970's.

WS-Karate-training in OMSH

 Originally, karate is a Japanese martial art, the word translating into empty hand in Japanese. Hence, our teaching incorporates demonstrating self-defence using the human body in the most scientific and effective way of generating power within a person.

In 2014, the club attracted more members from different styles: Shotokan, Kyukoshin, Gojo Ryu and others, thus filling out our dojo (place of training for karatekas) in numbers. We have two dedicated instructors developing and sharpening students. There are no requirements whatsoever to join karate. Through systematic training, karate develops and strengthens mental and physical fitness; develops concentration and co-ordination; improves reflexes and strengthens the will and aim to build character. The club is affiliated with the South African Japanese Karate Association (SA JKA), while incorporating other styles.

Our Mission To teach and demonstrate self-defence, develop spirit in karate and build character amongst our members.

Our Vision We aspire to become the best dojo we are capable of becoming by observing the five maxims of karate namely; Character, Effort, Sincerity, Etiquette and Self-control.


 

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