The Dojo is affiliated to World Sansei Koryu Goju Ryu Karate Organization (WSGRKDO), Sansei Goju Ryu – South Africa, South African Ryu Kyu Martial Arts Federation (SARMAF) and Martial Arts South Africa (MASA).
Sensei Andre holds a Second Dan Black Belt. He trained under well-known Alberton Sensei’s – Llewellyn Oosthuizen (7th Dan) and Veronica van den Heever (6th Dan) for 10 years. Sensei Andre joined Sansei Goju Ryu – South Africa in 2017 under the leadership of Hanshi James Vermaak (9th Dan).
Sansei Goju Ryu Karate and Kobudo Alberton was opened in 2018 with the blessing of Hanshi James Vermaak.
The Dojo offers the following martial arts; Traditional Sansei Goju Ryu Karate – Kumite, Kata, Unison, Kobudo (Weapons – Wooden en Bladed), Points Fighting, Continuous Fighting, Combat Weapons and Self Defence.
We also hope to branch out to other martial arts codes in the near future.
Karate is a Japanese martial art whose physical aspects seek the development of defensive and counterattacking body movements. The themes of traditional karate training are fighting and self-defense, though its mental and moral aspects target the overall improvement of the individual.
Karate is one of the most dynamic of all the martial arts. A trained karateka is able to coordinate mind and body perfectly, thereby allowing the unleashing of tremendous physical power at will. Karate is also one of the most widely practiced martial art forms in the world. Martial arts rely on acute physical coordination and mental focus. They were developed in Asia (primarily India, China and Japan) over the course of several thousands of years.
Okinawan Kobudō is a Japanese term that can be translated as “old martial way of Okinawa“. It is a generic term coined in the twentieth century. Okinawan kobudō refers to the weapon systems of Okinawan martial arts.
These systems can have from one to as many as a dozen weapons in their curriculum, among the rokushakubo (six foot staff, known as the “bō”), sai (dagger-shaped truncheon), tonfa(handled club), kama (sickle), and nunchaku(chained sticks), but also the tekko(steelknuckle), tinbe
Point fighting considers the first touch and nothing else beyond that. But point fighting does serve as an incredibly valuable training method. The ability to close and create distance quickly is an enormous advantage in a professional fight because distance kills every technique.
Point fighting is playing tag from a fighting stance, and the points are entirely subjective and depend on what the judges see. You could try introducing electronic scoring and vests but that tends to remove all resemblance to an actual fight. There are lots of different kinds of point fighting with their own rules, for instance most karate styles allow foot sweeps and the WKF allow throws and limited clinch work.
Competition should be executed as its name implies, Light Contact Fighting in a Continuous Manner. Under no circumstances should light contact continuous fighting simulate full contact kickboxing. Utilizing well-controlled techniques, ring craftsmanship and combination skills, competitors should attempt to “outscore” rather than “overpower” their opponent. Competitors will fight continuously until the referee’s command to STOP.
All techniques must be well controlled. Techniques should not “strike through” or “push through” the target. Striking with excessive contact or uncontrolled striking of any kind will lead to disqualification. Emphasis must be placed on both punching and kicking techniques. Punching or “boxing” only, for an extended period of time without throwing kicks will downgrade the judge’s evaluation of your performance.
Combat may be armed (using weapons) or unarmed (not using weapons). Hand-to-hand combat (melee) is combat at very close range, attacking the opponent with the body (striking, kicking, strangling, etc.) and/or with a melee weapon (knives, swords, batons, etc.), as opposed to a ranged weapon.
In Kobudo the weapon is simply used as an extension of the body. Nearly all basic Karate-Do moves can be duplicated with a weapon in your hand, therefore, the perfection of basic moves is a necessity for weapons training. The most useful weapons for present day training are either the bo or the jo, usually made from oak.
There are a variety of martial arts styles that offer excellent learning opportunities, which satisfy various student needs fitting personality, temperament, and physical well-being. There are many benefits to the specific styles of martial arts provide their students.
Martial arts schools or dojos offer classes consistently each week making it more available for convenient training than self defense courses specific for women, which may rely on a certain number of enrollees before class can be held. Sometimes coordinating dates and times for a short self defense course can be difficult to conveniently coordinate, even when hosting a course for a group of friends.
“Karate has no philosophy. Some people think that the tradition of Karate came from Buddhism and Karate has a connection with the absolute, space and universe, but I don’t believe in that. My philosophy is to knock my opponent out, due to the use of only one technique. One finishing blow!”
“To all those whose progress remains hampered by ego-related distractions, let humility – the spiritual cornerstone upon which Karate rests – serve to remind one to place virtue before vice, values before vanity and principles before personalities.”
“The more understanding you have about Karate, the less you need to change or modify it.”
Karate aims to build character, improve human behavior, and cultivate modesty; it does not, however, guarantee it.”
“In the past, it was expected that about three years were required to learn a single kata, and usually even an expert of considerable skill would only know three, or at most five, kata.”
"Many Karate teachers teach a watered down style – no hip action and no depth of punching – so it is easy to say that these teachers have no depth to their knowledge. You are what your teacher is, and if he knows a lot, you should be able to demonstrate this knowledge.”
The Beginning, Achievements and Life of the Masters and Legends that came before us
The naming of Goju-Ryu came about more by accident than design. Read more about it here.
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