Announcing the SKKSA Summer Course 2015

We’re excited to announce our year-end events, starting with the Sumer Course 2015.

Continuing our tradition of successful gasshukus, our 2015 edition promises fun, learning and the chance for karateka from across our South African dojos to meet each other and share their knowledge and passion for the art.

Karateka will get the opportunity to train under our senior instructors from the north to south coast of KZN – instructors who have trained internationally under Rikuta Koga Hanshi of the SKISF Swiss Federation – and learn the latest developments in the Shotokan style under our leadership from Switzerland.

Summer Course 2015 will run from 4 – 6 December 2015.

For the first time, we will be conducting Shodan (1st Dan) examinations, alongside our final kyu examinations and Brown Belt Kyu Gradings.

Details on the examinations will follow soon. In the meantime, we encourage our karateka to be regular at dojo training to be prepared for final exams. You may also access the kyu exam programme from our Karateka Portal (syllabus available for yellow to purple belt categories).

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2015 KKZN Tournament Results

On Sunday 15th February, 21 of our karateka excelled at the KKZN All-Styles Provincial Tournament held at the Tongaat Indoor Sports Centre. Here are the final results:

  • Aaron Goodheart (Ottawa) – 2nd for Kumite
  • Aaron Naidoo (Stanger) – 1st for Kumite
  • Alisha Ramlakhan (Durban North) – 2nd for Kata; 3rd for Kumite
  • Atiya Hooblal (Ottawa) – 3rd for Kumite
  • Emilio Ponnadu (Stanger) – 3rd for Kumite
  • Kerissa Naidoo (Stanger) – 3rd for Kumite
  • Kyle Sampson (Amanzimtoti) – 2nd for Kumite
  • Lorraine Dhanpal (Ottawa) – 3rd for Kumite
  • Mikyle Reddy (Stanger) – 3rd for Kumite
  • Mohamed Yasseen Mohamed (Stanger) – 3rd for Kumite
  • Payal Manilall (Ottawa) – 3rd for Kumite
  • Rivaldo Ponnadu (Stanger) – 3rd for Kumite
  • Ronaldo Munisamy (Shallcross) – 3rd for Kumite
  • Sanhaviya Sookrajh (Amanzimtoti) – 1st for Kata; 1st for Kumite
  • Sarith Ramlakan (Durban North) – 3rd for Kumite
  • Tarika Gokar (Stanger) – 2nd for Kumite
  • Tremaine Peter (Shallcross) – 3rd for Kumite
  • Vikesh Singh (Overport) – 3rd for Kata
  • Yashi Hooblal (Ottawa) – 3rd for Kumite
  • Yashmika Ramlakhan (Durban North) – 3rd for Kumite
  • Yinaash Bhimma (Amanzimtoti) – 1st for Kumite

Well done to all our karateka who participated at the event! And we wish those karateka preparing for the National Championships, to be held in Johannesburg next month, the best of luck.

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Brown Belt exam policy now available

Karateka wishing to undertake their brown belt examination this year are advised to read the Brown Belt Examination Policy. This document outlines the requirements for entry into the final exam, which will take place in December 2015.

The contents of this document will be explored in further detail when our chief instructor visits your dojo soon as part of a roadshow.

To view the document, please click here. It’s also available from our Karateka Portal.

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Join SKKSA in 2015

We look forward to welcoming new and existing students to our dojos. 2015 is going to be an exciting year for us. We celebrate our 15th year, and throughout this year there will be exciting events and celebrations to commemorate this milestone.

We invite you to download the 2015 Welcome Pack. It contains all the information you need to get started with SKKSA, including the Registration Form. All karateka – new or returning – are required to complete and return this form to their dojo instructor.

To download the Welcome Pack, click here.

All the best for 2015!

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Aaron Naidoo Receives “Chief Instructor Choice Award 2014”

Chief Instructor Award 2014

The Chief Instructor Choice Award is the highest honour bestowed upon a karateka at SKKSA. On Saturday, December 13, at the SKKSA Awards Evening 2014, Aaron Naidoo from our Stanger dojo was named the 2014 recipient of this award by SKKSA Founder & Chief Instructor Aneel Dowlath Sensei. Reflecting on his decision to name Aaron the worthy recipient of this prestigious award, Aneel Dowlath Sensei had this to say:

The karateka I choose every year shares the same philosophy towards their karate as I do. And this year it’s no less. This karateka truly reflects the T14 theme by practising the budo spirit of Karatedo – at its finest. What really impresses me is the fact that, whilst this student is a competent sportsperson, this karateka practices karate not for the competition, but of the obvious passion and love shown for the art.

This is the individual who is able to understand how to handle flying high on the clouds of winning and is able to pick themselves up with grace in times of losing..

I have closely watched this particular karateka, especially during my senior classes, and I have noted the well balanced approach he takes to his karate. When training on the Tatami, nothing else matters except his will to constantly take his art to a higher level.

– Aneel Dowlath, Chief Instructor (SKKSA Awards Evening 2014)

Congratulations, Aaron!

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