Renshi Andries Douglas
Board member of Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan South Africa
Chief Instructor: Western Cape Province
Okinawa Karate & Kobudo
Representative of the International Protection Academy in South Africa – I.P.A.
Director to the National Martial Arts Committee – South Africa
Board member of the World Martial Arts Games Committee
A proud member of TAFISA (The Association for International Sport for All)
recognized by the IOC – International Olympic Committee
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 39 years, including , Judo, Kobudo (weapons training), Krav Maga, etc. He is a Reality Based self-defence instructor and a dedicated detective in the South African Police Service, with more than 27 years’ duty.
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.
Renshi Andries is the Chief instructor of Western Province Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan, and teaches self-defence classes and conflict resolution throughout the rural areas of the Boland (Western Cape) and fighting on-going drug wars in the community is a passion very close to his heart.
As a member of the Martial Arts Protea team, Renshi Andries represented South Africa during the World Martial Arts Games, Canada 2014. Gold medallist: Synchronised team Kobudo, Gold medallist: Okinawan Hand forms, and 2nd Place Silver medallist in Real-Time Self Defence. He will be leading a team to New Delhi, India, in 2019.
With his wife Eugenie, he is the co-recipient of the cultural ATKV Woordveertjie –Awards, for promoting reading skills, literacy and reading for pleasure among teens in South Africa. Together, the Douglas family operate a mobile library on rural farms, as well as a drop-in centre for the homeless – the Douglas Community Club.
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