Brittany Shepstone: Kumite: Bronze
Brittany Shepstone: team Kumite: Silver
Steve Elliott: Kumite: Silver
Leon de Villiers: Kumite: Bronze
Zweli Bhengu: Kumite: Bronze
Lincoln Carroll: Kata: Bronze
Rushay Singh: Kata: Gold
Rushay Singh: Kumite: Gold
Giovanni Fernandes: Kata: Bronze
Giovanni Fernandes: Kumite: Bronze
Troy Joseph: Kata Silver
Gabriella Ho: Kata: Bronze
Gabriella Ho: Kumite: Bronze
Morgan Stroebel: Kata: Gold
Morgan Stroebel: Kumite: Gold
Cshivay Jayram: Kata: Silver
T'Khaeyah Methist: Kata: Bronze
T'Khaeyah Methist: Kumite: Bronze
Graeme Bennett: Kata: Gold
Graeme Bennett: Kumite: Silver
Ethan du Toit: Kata: Silver
Josh du Toit: Kumite: Bronze
One of the greatest successes of the year was the return of the Kids Spring Gasshuku. This weekend long camp, hosted by Instructors Karyn Smith (5th Dan) and JP Rodrigues (4th Dan) was held at Bosco Youth Centre in Randvaal. It was a resounding success and we are pleased to announce that there will be another one next year, and already have people bookings. Joining the fun were several little tots (5yrs) and children who have never stayed away from home before – and they are biting at the bit to be back next year! The good news is that payment may be made in monthly instalments (eg R100 per month) so that by the time the camp comes it is fully paid. It is a tremendous experience for all karateka and is particularly important for the up and coming “seniors”- our blue belts and above – when there are more lines behind you at line up is than in front of you, it means you are becoming a senior! It is an important part of their development as future leaders and seniors in the dojo. All blue belts and above are expected to attend please. Space is limited so be sure to book early.
The JKA South Bassonia Instructors had a bumper year in 2018 winning 10 gold medals, 5 silver and 1 Bronze medal at various Championships during the course of the year. Senior Instructor Bruce Smith (7th Dan) won:
Assistant Instructor Brittany Shepstone (2nd Dan) won
The dojo hosted a FREE self-defence workshop was held in July with a great attendance from women ready to fight back and take responsibility for their own safety. The workshop saw 30 women from 16 to 63 years old learning some self-defence skills. Running under the theme “Don’t be a victim – learn how to fight back”, the workshop was a success as women were taken under an intensive three-hour training session to prepare and equip themselves with strategic skills to survive any attack. The workshop was successful as many women were exposed to important safety skills to prevent them from being the bad guys’ target. The attendance was great but it would be nice to have more people attend next time. It is good to see these ladies getting involved in taking charge of their own safety. With statistics showing several women being attacked or abused on a daily basis in South Africa, these skills are a top priority for any South African woman.
Apart from two other karate women in attendance, most women who attended the workshop were all karate first timers.
The oldest attendee, a 63-year-old lady, said it is never too late for one to learn some self-defence skills.