From East to West – The Journey of Karate-Do

From East to West – The Journey of Karate-Do

In tracing the actual beginning of Karate, we must go back to the Buddhist religion and a man known as Siddhartha Gautama, who was the Buddha himself. Gautama was born about 563 B.C. and died around 483 B.C. at the age of 80. About 1,000 years later, the founder and...
Karate-Do

Karate-Do

Empty Hand Way Karate-Do is the term used for the Okinawan life defense art predicated on the protection of the island people and their way of life. The original form of protection was referred to as “Ryu Te” later written as “China hand” in reference to Okinawa’s...
The 5 Spirits of Budo

The 5 Spirits of Budo

Shoshin: (初心) Beginners Mind Zanshin: (残心) Lingering Mind Mushin: (無心) No Mind Fudoshin: (不動心) Immovable Mind Senshin: (先心) Purified spirit; enlightened attitude There are 5 fundamental minds or spirits of budo; shoshin, zanshin, mushin, and fudoshin, and senshin....
Dojo Etiquette

Dojo Etiquette

The ethos of Karate is the development of the character through the development of the body and the instructor has a great responsibility to uphold this tradition. The instructor must ensure that all students in their charge adhere to the code of conduct below. All...
What is Kihon, Kata and Kumite?

What is Kihon, Kata and Kumite?

Unquestionably the three fundamentals of karate are KATA, KIHON and KUMITE. These are the staples of most dojos and it is absolutely vital to master these areas. However in addition to these we also include BUNKAI (the application of moves and techniques), SELF...
Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Kyoshi Claude M.H. Johnson Kyoshi Johnson began his karate training in 1965. Born in Port Elizabeth he moved to Gauteng (then called Transvaal) in the mid 70s and opened the 1st Funakoshi karate clubs in E. Gauteng. During that period he was the founder member of the...