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WSKF South Africa hosted its first ever Team Kumite Challenge event on Saturday, 28 July 2018. The Challenge comprised of male and female Kumite teams, made up from the various WSKF Dojos who then competed in a round-robin competition against each other.


Different to the typical Team Kumite competitions, known to and competed in by most karateka, the WSKF Shihankai and senior instructor team, developed a team event where the focus was moved from the kumite to the development of karateka and future leaders of the organization. To this extent, each kumite team consisted of five fighters, each from a different age group, resulting in the junior karatekas training and competing with some of their karate role models, who in turn taught, coached and guided them to improve their own karate skills. Oppositely, the senior karateka were put into leadership roles, ultimately nurturing the future leaders of WSKF SA.


Overall, the day was a huge success, where the feedback from various karateka proved that the goals and objectives of the event were reached. :

Ek voel dat die team challenge die naweek baie hulpvaardig was en dat dit my gehelp het om meer selfversekerd te voel. Ek kan ook nou beter ‘n ‘punch’ hanteer en selfs uitdeel as ek moet.” – Simoné de Koning

Was a good opportunity to connect with the juniors in the dojo” – Coenraad Berrange

Ons het dit vreeslik geniet en dit was lekker om in ‘n span deel te neem waar almal verkillende ouderdomme is, juis omdat dit nooit so gebeur nie.” – Wenette Jordaan

I mostly appreciated the way the juniors handled themselves when they won with humbleness and a lost with pride and sow the loss as a learning opportunity, rather than a defeat. After each fight it just got better and better.” – Brandon Shepherd

The winning male (Arno Botha, André Swanepoel, Marco Botha, Coenraad Berrange, Brandon Shepherd) and female (Abigail Leite, Mila Genis, Ulani Erasmus, Caitlyn Pillay, Jacqueline Keller) teams of the day were awarded the impressive Team Challenge floating trophies which they’d like to defend next year.


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!

What a knowledge filled weekend at the 2018 WSKF Instructor Seminar!

A great seminar with WSKF SA chief Instructor, Michael Dukas Sensei, Shihankai and senior instructors to prepare us for 2018.

The seminar focussed on standardizing the Tekki series, Gohon kumite and applying these standards in Jiyu kumite.



Dojo heads, instructors and senior students from across both South Africa and Namibia thoroughly enjoyed the sessions presented by Michael Dukas Shihan and Sensei's Marius Jordaan, John Rust, Philip Venter, Andrio Lombaard, Simone Roig y Collado and Martin Pretorius.

We are so incredibly proud to announce that Michael Dukas Sensei has successfully graded to 8th Dan in Tokyo, Japan!

Mike Sensei has dedicated his life to karate-do and is a true ambassador of the art. His passion, drive and commitment has only become stronger over the years and is evident in both his personal training and teaching.

Mike Sensei - your strict yet kind leadership, coupled with your strong sense of integrity and humility, makes each one of the WSKF SA members honoured to be under your guidance!

We are also equally proud to announce that Bryan Dukas Sensei has successfully graded to 6th Dan in Tokyo, Japan!

Bryan Sensei is renowned for his technical expertise and this was highlighted at the grading. He is a true testament to karate-do.

Congratulations on these remarkable achievements!

Days 1 - 3: Travel and Acclimatization (11 - 13 August)

The WSKF SA team of 13 departed from Johannesburg on Thursday, August, 10th and arrived after a long and tiring flight in Tokyo on Friday, August 11th.
From the Haneda airport, we travelled by bus to the Sakura Hotel in Ikebukuro.
Some immediately went for a sightseeing expedition to Shibuya while the others unpacked, chilled and waited for Wenette, Sensei Bryan and his Australian team to arrive.

We used the Saturday to acclimatize visiting the bustling Takeshita Street in Harajuku; and the majestic Meiji Shrine, located in Shibuya, where we met with long-time friends Paul, Yuko and their beautiful daughter Emily.

The 1st weekend ended with a fabulous stretching session in Ebisu with the renowned Akihita Isaka Sensei. What an honour and privilege to learn from such a Master! Isaka Sensei has you train as slow as possible in order to isolate each muscle for each movement, understand its function and maximise its potential. Thank you Sensei Mike for arranging this opportunity!

Day 4 - 6: Building Technical Skills (14 - 16 August)

On Monday, the 14th we travelled to the Tokyo Budokan in Adachi, to attend a 3-day technical seminar with Hitoshi Kasuya Sensei, 8th Dan, Chief Instructor of WSKF and one of the leading Shotokan karate instructors in the world.

The seminar was aimed at maintaining a conscious presence, mindfulness and awareness when executing any karate technique. It was very interesting and mentally exhausting but, so worthwhile. On the 1st day of the seminar, Sensei Mike awarded his 8th Dan by Kasuya Sensei with the approval of WSKF Headquarter’s Shihankai - an honour and privilege after more than 45 years of committed training, teaching and mentoring - we are proud to call you “Our Sensei Mike”!

The seminar was topped off by a gruelling grading session in the Warabi City Gymnasium, where Sensei Bryan graded for his 6th Dan (Rokudan), Jéan and Marelie for their 2nd Dan (Nidan) and Duncan, Dehan and Tristan for their 1st Dan (Shodan).
Well done to all on a remarkable and successful performance, high standard and good attitude!

On the 7th day, we had a biblical rest from formal training, but it did not deter our team from flexing their muscles together with their Australian counterparts in the beautiful Yoyogi Park.
Sensei Andrio worked through the Heian and Shitei Katas with the two teams.
While we were training and relaxing, our endearing father-son combo, Senseis Mike and Bryan visited the scenic Odawara Castle, together with the President of WSKF, Haruo Ueda, and several other delegates from countries all-round the globe.

Day 8-10: 13th International WSKF Championships (18-20 August)

Finally, the day of the 13th International WSKF Championships in Tokyo, Japan came.
With butterfly-filled bellies, we travelled to the Tokyo Budokan in Adachi-ku. The cheerful, playfulness faded away and the team switched on for the 2-day battle.
…and what a successful battle it was for us; 10! Medals in total for SA...

Sensei Bryan won Gold for Kata in both Veterans and Senior Men’s; and Bronze for Kumite in both Veterans and Senior Men’s.
Wenette won Gold for Female Cadet Kata and Silver for Kumite.
Duncan won Silver for Kata in his division.

To top it off, Marelie won Silver for International Team Kata (SA, Australia and Venezuela) and both Marelie and Wenette got Bronze for International Team Kumite (SA and Ireland).
Well done to Mark, Matthew, Jéan, Dehan, Tristan and Sasha for also participating in this tough international arena. We will start training hard for 2019 real soon.

A big thank you to Senseis Mike, Andrio and Otto, who also did an excellent job at judging and keeping the standard high.
The 13th International WSKF Championship was concluded with a celebratory Sayonara Party on the 58th Floor of the Prince Hotel in Sunshine City, Ikebukuro on Sunday, the 20th.

Day 11-13: More Training and Sightseeing (21-23 August)


On Monday, the 21st we travelled to Chofu, to train with the energetic Senseis Daiki, Goro, Makita and Shirakawa, together with some of their students. Training was focused on muscle contraction and expansion, hip rotation and spinning uraken techniques.


After training we took a long stroll to a Japanese Public Bathhouse. We were treated to a traditional Japanese meal at the Jindai Botanical gardens by Goro, Makita and Shirakawa Senseis, a gesture we humbly appreciated. Thereafter, a quick walk to the Jindaiji Temple, Tokyo's second oldest temple.

The next two days were spent traveling and training with the phenomenal, Norio Kawasaki Sensei, in Kiti-Kamakura. On our last day, we visited several historic shrines, temples, botanical gardens, and the tourist “must-do”… a visit to the Great Buda.
Training with Kawasaki Sensei was exhilarating; with the focus being on engaging the correct muscles for kicks; speed and pauses within kata and mindful distancing and penetration techniques in Kumite.
This reiterated the “good Kihon, makes good Kata and Kumite” we have heard to many times in the Dukas dojos.
Naturally, our visit was crowned with a jovial super at a local Chinese restaurant which echoed with loads of laughter, food in abundance and plenty Kanpais!

This was truly a trip that will be etched in my mind forever.

Bring it on Tokyo 2019!

Respectfully compiled by Tatjana Radojevic-Rogowski, with sincere thanks to all the willing and able photographers.


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