The SOUTH AFRICAN SHOTOKAN KARATE ACADEMY (SASKA)
was established as a martial arts
organisation in 1990 by Shihan Koos Burger. Shihan Koos trained with many well renowned Shotokan karate masters
such as Kanazawa, Enoeda, Tanaka, Asai Sensei and many others before travelling with his son Henk to Milan, Italy in 1991 to train with two of the world's most senior and respected Shotokan karate masters, Kase Taiji Sensei (1929-2004) and Shirai Hiroshi Sensei (1937- ). After intensive training sessions and discussions, Kase Sensei accepted Shihan Koos as a student, and SASKA became a member organisation of Kase Sensei's then newly-formed World Karate-Do Shotokan Academy (WKSA).
Shihan Koos Burger, 8th Dan and Style head of SASKA
Over the next two decades, Shihan Koos and senior SASKA instructors made the annual pilgrimage to Europe to train with Kase Sensei in order to learn his unique and unorthodox style of Shotokan
Karate-Do. Kase Ha, as it would later become known, promoted Shotokan Karate-Do as a pure form of Japanese budo
. A key feature of Kase Ha
is the extensive use of large scale, powerful open-handed techniques based on the movements of the Japanese katana (sword).
Since its inception in 1990 SASKA has developed into a highly-respected karate
and martial art
organisation both in South Africa and abroad. Success for SASKA Karate in South Africa
is reflected, in part, in the high technical standard of our yudansha (black belt
karateka) as well as the excellent results achieved by our karateka in national and international shihai (karate competitions
currently enjoys representation throughout South Africa as well as in the United States of America.
In addition to holding the position of style-head for SASKA, Shihan Koos currently serves as a technical director for the International Shotokan-Ryu Karate-Do Shihankai (ISKS) and is also the Vice Presidentfor the World Union of Karate Federations (WUKF).
SASKA is affiliated to:
• World Union of Karate-Do Federations (WUKF).
• Shihan Koos Burger serves as a Technical Director for the International Shotokan-Ryu Karate-Do Shihankai (ISKS).
• Promote Shotokan Karate in its purest form to all of our members.
• Impart the highest standard of technical proficiency in Shotokan Karate to all of our members.
• Maintain Shotokan Karate as a form of budo and as a means to achieving a disciplined way of life.
This will be achieved through adherence to the ideals, principles and progressive technical standards set out by the South African Shotokan Karate Academy (SASKA), the International Shotokan-Ryu Karate-Do Shihankai (ISKS) and the World Union of Karate-Do Federations (WUKF
In pursuing our vision, we seek not to imitate the masters; rather we seek what they sought.
We invite you to browse through our website and if you have more karate
questions please feel free to contact us.
Shihan Koos Burger firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS ON SASKA WEB
26 Jan 2016 - Club listing and contacy details updated.
See the CLUBS section
12 Jan 2016 - Final Year Program For 2016 released.
See the CALENDAR section
04 Jan 2016 - Articles page updated with The Summary thesis - The power of the mind in karate and in life by N. Bellegarde (5th Dan).
See ARTICLES section
07 Dec 2015 - Awards and Shihan Kai updated with Sensei Nicholas Bellegarde now 5th Dan.
See AWARDS section
02 Dec 2015 - Tentative Year Program For 2016 released.
See the CALENDAR section
16 Nov 2015 - Awards updated with new national grading results.
See the AWARDS section
09 Nov 2015 - Gallery updated with a photos of some of the UWK tournament in Koper Slovenia.
See the GALLERY section
02 Nov 2015 - News updated with a photo of some of the top karate leaders and masters at the first UWK championships in Koper, Slovenia. The Shihankai page of SASKA web also updated.
See the NEWS section
27 Oct 2015 - KSKA - Kase Ha Shotokan Ryu Karate Do Academy - Link added.
See the LINKS section
14 Oct 2015 - THREE SASKA KARATEKA who will be participating in the first UWK championships in Koper, Slovenia. We wish them the best, may you be blessed and return home safely. Go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/UnitedWorldKarate for live streaming.
See the NEWS section
13 Oct 2015 - KARATE GURU GIVES TRAINING IN JOZA KARATE CLUB -Shihan Koos Burger gave training in the Eastern Cape clubs - news articles appeared in Grocott's Mail for Joza Club as well as training at other clubs.See the NEWS section
5 Oct 2015 - SASKA Articles updated with new article - SUMMARY OF THESIS ON DOJO KUN by Sensei Rockey Lamastra.See the ARTICLES section
SASKA Awards updated with new Dan gradings from Eastern Cape.See all who graded in 2015- AWARDS
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