My Teaching Philosophy

I teach karate with passion, since I wholeheartedly believe in the results of training in the Martial Art form for an individual. Karate training is known for developing:

 

  • Body awareness, balance & posture
  • Concentration
  • Fitness
  • Commitment & Perseverance
  • Confidence
  • Midline Crossing
  • Development of hand-eye co-ordination
  • Space awareness
  • Develops small motoric muscles

Karate is aimed at the individual and every child/adult will develop at his/her own pace. As a sport karate will teach you about fitness, discipline, commitment and instill confidence. It is also ideally suited in aiding a child in the development of skills needed to perform well at school, and also later in life. In training karate we constantly strive to improve ourselves, not only physically in technique and fitness, but also mentally and in character - to be in whole a better person.

Karate is a unique sport, which in training constantly crosses the left and right side of the brain. The brain receives constant stimulation through the mid-line crossing techniques unique to karate training.

TRADITIONAL KARATE

I am proud to be part of the ISKF (International Shotokan Karate Federation, teaching traditional Shotokan Karate which i believe is an elite martial art that incorporates karate in it's purest form together with practical self defence.   

WEAPON - BO (STAFF) AND NUNCHAKU TRAINING

Although I and my instructors that teach with me on a full time basis are by no means weapon experts, our focus being karate, we have with great success introduced training basic nunchaku and staff at our classes especially with the children. Training with the nunchaku's develops hand-eye coordination as well as the small motoric muscles; it's also a lot of fun for the younger members. In training nunchaku we use foam covered plastic sets with the chain in between, not wooden sets, to prevent injury. We do basis Bo (staff) training simply because it's a practical weapon of self-defence, in class training the traditional Staff is substituted with a broom stick. These classes are strictly controlled and offered in a small group.

 

 SELF-DEFENCE

I strongly believe in practical self-defence (as it is somewhat different from Tournament based Karate). I incorporate practical self-defence into my karate classes when I teach; I think it is so important to be able to defend yourself, especially in South Africa with our high violent crime rate. To be able to qualify for a 6th Dan, one has to hand in a Thesis on Karate; my thesis was on Rape, and Prevention Techniques (South Africa has the highest Rape statistics in the World today)

 

TOURNAMENTS

Competing in tournaments are only a small part of what I believe karate is about, The benefits of training Karate is far greater than placing the emphasis of Karate on tournament achievements. However there are students who like the competitive side of the Art, for them there is ample opportunity to compete. Our affiliations to the mentioned organizations, entitles all my students to take part on National and International level, and achieving Provincial and National Colours.

 

EVALUATIONS

Students have the opportunity to grade (do exams) for the next level belts twice per year, June and November until they reach Black Belt. Thereafter Black belt exams are done on merit, when the student has fulfilled all requirements for the selected Black belt level as stipulated by International Traditional Japanese Karate Organizations. In progressing to a next level ensures that all students experience a sense of achievement.

 

EXTRA'S

We offer on a constant basis throughout the year extra specialized seminars in different topics for example: self-defence, Kata, Kumite, weapons. Our aim is to involve as many members as possible in activities where they can experience a sense of achievement, by just taking part, not necessarily winning, for example rewarding all students taking part in a tournament with Medals, not only the winners. Students can take part in various tournaments, if they wish, some students don't like to compete, for them attending class, learning the art is sufficient, I respect that too.

 

PERSONAL BELIEVES AND INSPIRATIONS AS INSTRUCTOR

As a Christian I strongly believe that God gives everyone of us certain talents, whether physically, mentally, to be able to teach, or not. I am using the talents God gave me every day to interact with my students, especially with young people, to teach and be a role-player/ an aid in their development.

Other than my Christian believes The Niju Kun and Dojo Kun by Master Gichin Funakoshi inspire me, motivates me to always want to be better- TO BE ALL I CAN BE.

 

NIJU KUN PRINCIPALS

Niju Kun is an Okinawan martial arts term which literally translates to twenty (20) rules. Created by Gichin Funakoshi in the late 1800's, the kun refer to twenty principles (or precepts) by which all students of Shotokan Karate are encouraged to live, practice, and teach to others.

1. Karate-do wa rei ni hajimari, rei ni owaru koto wo wasurna
(Karate-do begins with courtesy and ends with courtesy)

2. Karate ni sente nashi
(There is no first attack in karate)

3. Karate wa gi no tasuke
(Karate is a great assistance to [auxilliary of] justice)

4. Mazu jiko wo shire, shikoshite tao wo shire
(Know yourself first, and then others)

5. Gijutsu yori shinjutsu
(Spirit first; techniques second)

6. Kokoro wa hanatan koto wo yosu
(Always be ready to release your mind)

7. Wazawai wa getai ni shozu
(Misfortune [accidents] always comes out of idleness [negligence])

8. Dojo nomino karate to omou na
(Do not think that karate training is only in the dojo)

9. Karate no shugyo wa issho de aru
(It will take your entire life to learn karate; there is no limit)

10. Arai-yuru mono wo karate-ka seyo, soko ni myo-mi ari
(Put your everyday living into karate and you will find the ideal state of existence [myo])

11. Karate wa yu no goto shi taezu natsudo wo ataezareba moto no mizu ni kaeru
(Karate is like hot water. If you do not give it heat constantly, it will again become cold water)

12. Katsu kangae wa motsu na makenu kangae wa hitsuyo
(Do not think that you have to win. Rather, think that you do not have to lose)

13. Tekki ni yotte tenka seyo
(Victory depends on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerable ones)

14. Tattakai wa kyo-jutsu no soju ikan ni ari
(The battle is according to how you manoeuvre guarded and unguarded. Move according to your opponent)

15. Hito no te ashi wo ken to omoe
(Think of the hands and feet as swords)

16. Danshi mon wo izureba hyakuman no tekki ari
(When you leave home, think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you. It is your behavior that invites trouble from them)

17. Kamae wa shoshinsha ni ato wa shizentai
(Beginners must master low stance and posture; natural body position for advanced)

18. Kata wa tadashiku jissen wa betsu mono
(Practicing a kata is one thing, and engaging in a real fight is another)

19. Chikara no kyojaku, karada no shinshuku, waza no kankyu wo wasaruna
(Do not forget [1] strength and weakness of power, [2] stretching and contraction of the body, and [3] slowness and speed of techniques. Apply these correctly)

20. Tsune ni shinen kufu seyo
(Always think and devise ways to live the precepts every day)

 

Go to the DOJO KUN page for details and a in depth explanation, also to listen to a Japanese recording of the Dojo Kun, by Sensei Hiroyoshi Okazaki.