Renshi Andries Douglas
Belt Rank: 5th Dan Godan
Andries Douglas began his martial arts training in early 1980’s in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa, at the age of 10. His first style was Shotokan where he received his Shodan. After moving to Port Elizabeth to join the South African Police Force, as it was known at the time, he joined Shorin-Ryu Okinawan Karate, to train under Kyoshi Claude Johnson (then Shihan) and currently holds the rank of Godan (5th degree black belt). Renshi Andries is an active member of the martial arts community, who has since studied various other forms of martial arts over the course of 37 years, including , Judo, Kobudo (weapons training) etc. He is also a self-defence instructor and a dedicated detective in the South African Police Service, with more than 24 years’ experience in the SAPS.
He opened his first dojo’s in the gang-ridden Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth, where he and his joined team of police officers & trained karate instructors endeavoured to change the lives of street children. The “Karate Against Crime” project was thus born, with a brilliant success rate, targeting high risk youth. He is the chief instructor of Western Province Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan, and teaches free self-defence classes and conflict resolution throughout the rural areas of the Boland (Western Cape). He is a director of the Academy of Discipline CC, and fighting on-going drug wars in the community is a passion very close to his heart.
Renshi Andries has vast experience facilitating cross-cultural groups, and enhancing the lives of young people and adults through discipline education, self- confidence and personal protection skills development.
He is a double World Champion, with gold medals in Synchronised team Kobudo and Okinawan Hand forms, and silver medalist in Real-Time Self Defence – World Martial Arts Games, held in September 2014, Canada. With his wife Eugenie, he is also the co-recipient of the cultural ATKV Woordveertjie –Awards, for promoting reading skills and literacy in South Africa.
MIZU NO KOKORO
“Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water. Now put water into a cup, it becomes a cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot, it becomes a teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend.” ~ Bruce Lee
Sensei Micheal Lewis
Belt Rank: 3rd Dan Sandan
Sensei Micheal Lewis is an accomplished martial artist that became a Discipline Education instructor to help students. Health, fitness, and the Environment are a few of his personal interests. He joined because he wanted to give others the opportunity for better health and mentality. He serves as Chairperson of the Spartans Discipline Education Programme.
Sensei Gerjo de Waal
Belt Rank: 2nd Dan, Nidan
Sensei Gerjo joined SPARTANS DISCIPLINE EDUCATION PROGRAMME in 2009. He is 2nd degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan. He is a Gold medal recipient at the 2014 World Martial Arts Games held in Vancouver, Canada, recognised by the IOC.
He joined the DISCIPLINE EDUCATION PROGRAMME to have the opportunity to give back all the wonderful knowledge and opportunities that were given to him by his Instructors as well as to Save and Change Children’s Lives!
THE JOURNEY THAT NEVER STOPS!!!
The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step: My single step started in 2009 when I attended a self-defense class with Renshi Andries Douglas; never in my life had I dreamt I would become a black belt in Karate, it was just stuff you read about in a magazine and saw in the movies. Later that year I was the winner of 2 gold medals at our Shorin-Ryu Nationals and I never looked back on that journey. In 2012 I became a Black belt and in 2014 I became a TAFISA World Champion in Vancouver, Canada, at the World Martial Arts Games. Not bad for an “outjie” who grew up in a small town called Garies.
Karate taught (and is still teaching) me a lot of stuff, but the one lesson I cherish the most, is the Character it builds in me and also in the students I teach. Karate has taken me on a journey much further than a 1000 miles and I am sure it will take me much farther still, in life. So just sit back and enjoy the journey that never stops.