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WHAT IS THE SHIHAN-KAI?


The following duties or qualifications

 • Masters' Committee
 • 4th Dan or higher
 • With Technical expertise
 • Protecting the style of karate
 • Administrative body
 • Decision making body
 • Senior Instructor
 • Karate Club Owner
 • Karate Sport Referee
 • Dojo code of conduct
 • Grading Official
 • By invitation only

SHIHAN KOOS BURGER - 8th DAN

(African Style Head and Chief Instructor) Shihan Koos Burger was born on 27 Apr 1943 and started karate in 1963. For the past 54 years he practiced karate for most days of the week, ceaselesly perfecting the budo way. He trained with many renowned masters which included: sensei's Kase, Shirai, Kanazawa, Enoeda, Yamaguchi, Tanaka, Tambourini, Kawazoe, Naito, Kasuya, Koga, Kawamura, Sugimoto, Asai, Higaonna, Ozawa, and De Mura.
More about karate career of Shihan Koos and questions for Shihan Koos email Shihan K.Burger
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Sensei Laurent Gaston Bellegarde - 6th Dan

Sensei Laurent was born in 1962 in France and moved to South Africa in 1970. He started karate in South Africa with his son and daughter under Shihan Koos Burger. He is currently a 6th Dan and runs a karate club in Brackenhurst, Alberton where he teaches together with his son Sensei Nicholas who is currently a 4th Dan. They teach both children and adult students. Sensei Laurent and his son still compete at national and international levels.
He was selected as the national coach for the seniors team for the World Union of Karate-Do Federation (WUKF) world championships held in Brazil in 2005, in Spain 2007, in Ukraine 2009, in Italy 2011 and Romania 2013. He is also the Vice President for WUKF in Africa and holds the position of Chairman for SASKA. Sensei Laurent's achievements at the world championships was obtaining a 3rd place in Spain 2007, 2nd place in Ukraine 2009, 2nd place in Italy 2011and 2nd place in Romania 2013.
When asking Sensei Laurent what his feelings are about Karate, his reply was as follows:
"I feel that the art of Karate is beneficial to all children and adults as it bring confidence towards our life and the challenges that we face. Young or old we all have fears that we may come across in life. Karate helps and trains us to make the best decision be it combat, self defence situation, or any other decision we may need to make. It helps you to think, plan quickly and effectively.
Karate is also Beneficial to ones mental and physical health and improves the core strength of the body.
I see Karate as a way of life; it teaches you self-defence, confidence and discipline. I feel that people who practice the Art of Karate become achievers and live life in a positive way. I believe perseverance is the pathway to success".
"My best achievement in life is the fact that I have had the opportunity to train with my son and we both obtained Medals in the Karate World Championships."

Questions for Sensei Laurent Gaston Bellegarde
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Sensei Kenny Tawse - 6th Dan

Kenny Tawse was born in Grahamstown, South Africa on the 8th of April 1946. Married to Joanne on 25 August 1973 and has two sons. He started with karate with Eddie Ward, founder of Funakoshi karate in South Africa during 1968. He joined SASKA in 1992 and graded to Godan in October 1997. Appointed as the provincial style head for SASKA in the Eastern Cape region by Shihan Koos Burger. Absolute highlight of karate training experience was with Taiji Kase in South Africa during 1996.
Questions for Sensei Kenny Tawse

 

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Sensei Riaan Jansen van Vuuren- 6th Dan

Sensei Adriaan started his karate in South Africa career in 1982. Sensei Adriaan was graded in 2014 to 6th Dan. He was graded to Shodan in 1994,Nidan in 1997,Sandan in 2000, Yondan in 2004 and Godan in 2008 by shihan Koos Burger. Adriaan started a karateclub in1997 in Elspark, Germiston under affiliation of SASKA. In 2002 he immigrated to California and started a dojo in Orangevale under affiliation of SASKA. Adriaan currently trains and teaches karate four nights a week at his dojo in Orangevale
Questions for Sensei Riaan Jansen van Vuuren
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Sensei Gary Grapentin - 5th Dan

Gary began training in Shotokan Karate in East London in 1985 with SKI (Shotokan Karate International). In 1995 he became the head instructor of the Kowie Karate Club in Port Alfred and the following year joined SASKA. Since then he has established dojos in Kenton on Sea, Grahamstown, Fort Beaufort and at Rhodes University and Yellowwoods Preparatory School. These dojos all fall under the banner of East Cape Shotokan-Ryu. Dojo membership includes children and teenagers as well as a large contingent of adult karateka. Although participation in the karate sports arena is encouraged, emphasis is placed on traditional karate values with the development of a positive attitude and a healthy way of life being of primary importance. Gary has attended seminars conducted by Hirokazu Kanazawa Sensei, Keigo Abe Sensei and Manabu Murakami Sensei. In 2010 Gary was graded to godan by Shihan Koos Burger.
Questions for Sensei Gary Grapentin
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Sensei Hercules Jansen van Vuuren - 5th Dan

Sensei Hercules was born in Germiston on the 23/4/1962 and grew up in Pomona where he is still residing with his wife Mathilda to whom he is married since 1983 and was blessed with three children Hercules (26) 2nd kuy, Pieter (24) 2nd kuy and Maritza (21) shodan. Sensei Hercules started karate at the age of 10 in 1972 at JKA with Sensei Buddy Gibson and later Robert Smit until 1995 and achieved Southern and Eastern colours for the sport in 1976, he was chosen for the JKA 20 man squad in 1980 and graded for 1st dan in 1881, 2nd dan in 1984 and 3rd dan in 1980 by Sensei Stan Smit. In 1996 Sensei Hercules was affiliated with SASKA and decided to change over to the SASKA team and started his own Dojo in 1999. He was graded for 4th Dan by Shihan Koos Burger in December 2008 and teach own team of 32 karatekas at his Dojo in Pomona Kempton Park. Quote by Sensei Hercules "Karate is a sport to which I have dedicated myself to and believe in the discipline and commitment that the sport helps the body and soul. With this commitment I dedicate myself to the responsibility of being on the team of the Shihan-Kai"
Questions for Sensei Hercules J van Vuuren
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Sensei Paul Fourie - 5th Dan

Sensei Paul Fourie, Helderberg Dojo Head Instructor. He started karate at the age of 7 in 1984 under 8thDan Shihan Koos Burger. His 29 years of karate experience has earned him senior instructor level as a 4th Dan. Sensei Paul took part in his first tournament at age 9 when he was a blue belt and immediately realized the value that tournament brought to the refinement of karate technique. He reached Shodan at age 18, Nidan in 1998, Sandan in 2002 and Yondan 2009. He also completed 10 Drakensberg Mountain Gashukus to date, competed in WKC, WUKO and WUKF World Championships in Scotland, Argentina, Spain, Brazil and won gold medal at the 2013 WUKF World Championships in Romania. He introduced SASKA to the Western Cape in 2006 and has since established a well-recognized club in Somerset West with a healthy growth in members yearly.
Questions for Sensei Paul Fourie
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Sensei Nicholas Bellegarde - 5th Dan

My karate career began in 1989 when I was just five years old. After having just started school, I decided that I wanted to begin taking karate classes too. Now, more than 2 decades later I can honestly say that I have never looked back and karate has become a way of life for me. Currently I am a full time partner at the Cobras karate club in Alberton, where I teach twice a week with my father, Sensei Laurent Gaston-Bellegarde. I enjoy teaching this magnificent art to people of all ages, and I believe that all these years of teaching have instilled certain morals and values within me, for which I am well respected today.
I have competed at various World Championships over the last 10 years and my highest national and international achievements to date, are as follows: I achieved my Protea Colours in 2002 when I was selected as part of the official South African Team to represent the country at the WKF World Championships held in Novisad, Yugoslavia. On an international level my highest achievement to date was winning a bronze medal in the Senior Men's Shotokan Kata division at the 4th WUKF Seniors and Veterans Karate World Championships held in Lignano, Italy during May 2011.
Over and above teaching karate and also competing, I have refereed at many local, provincial and national tournaments. I became a member of the SASKA Shihan Kai committee in December 2008 after being awarded my Yondan (4th Dan Black belt) by our style head, Shihan Koos Burger. I was awarded 5th Dan in 2105 by Shihan Koos Burger.
My word of advice to aspiring Karateka out there:-Train! Train hard! And if at first you don't succeed then train harder and let karate become a part of your life, like it has mine.
Questions for Sensei Nicholas Bellegarde
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