burger@saska.co.za | Tel: 012 804 1885 | Cell No: 083 239 4919 | Fax: 0866 933 207

What can SASKA offer you?

•Training in tradional SHOTOKAN Karate
•Building of character in the karateka
•Access to local and international karate competitions of SASKA and WUKF(World Union of Karate-Do Federation)
Gashuku at the coast or in the mountains
•Periodic training for instructors and senior karateka as well as training for match referees and table officials


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Karate for Women and Children in SASKA

•Self-defence for Girls, Kids and Women
•Teach young kids and older children discipline and self-respect
•More than 70 percent of our karateka are children and women
Karate is excellent training for suppleness as well as limited weight control
Karate is an environment for sport and social interaction
Kids Karate is a SASKA priviledge
•A Woman can learn self-defence with Karate

See our Gallery section.
Self Defence Classes
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Private karate classes for individual karateka and self defence classes for groups of non karateka, can be arranged with Shihan Koos Burger.
Email burger@saska.co.za


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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, 9th Dan and Style head of SASKA
Shihan Koos Burger 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). SASKA 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).

Vision Statement

• 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





SASKA SNR CLASS - August 2018

August 2018 - News updated - SASKA SNR CLASS - August 2018
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4 July May 2018 - Gallery updated - Berg Gashuku - Ida Burger Memorial - July 2018
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2 July May 2018 - Gallery updated - Scotland Wukf Championship - Gallery and News updated - July 2018
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26 May 2018 - Awards new black belts and higher grades updated on SASKA Awards page. AWARDS updated - May 2018
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16 April 2018 - Added Kgale Karate Club to clubs section - Sensei Mangisa.CLUBS updated - April 2018
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09 April 2018 - Added Sensei Gerrit to the Shihankai.SHIHANKAI updated - April 2018
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06 March 2018 - Championship page and CALENDAR updated - MARCH 2018
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04 January 2018 - Preliminary CALENDAR released - JANUARY 2018
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