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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 - 9th DAN

(African Style Head and Chief Instructor) Shihan Koos Burger was born on 27 Apr 1943 and started karate in 1963. For the past 55 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 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 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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Sensei Gerrit Zaayman - 5th Dan

Sensei Gerrit Zaayman started karate in 1973 under Shihan Koos Burger who was 2nd Dan at the time. Sensei Gerrit achieved Shodan in 1981. Sensei Gerrit was one of the co-founders of SASKA in 1991 and served as vice-chairman for 5 years.
Sensei Gerrit’s first dojo was Riviera Karate Club followed by Wonderboom Shotokan Karate Club and currently Budo Shotokan Karate Club in Dallas, Texas in the United States of America.
Together with Shihan Koos Burger, Sensei Gerrit managed to train with various prominent karate masters such as Taiji Kase, Hiroshi Shirai, Masahiko Tanaka, Tetsuhiko Asai, Hitoshi Kasuya, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Masao Kagawa, Patrick Tambourini, Stan Schmidt, Eddie Dorey and others.
Sensei Gerrit’s primary focus is to master and develop budo karate by also studying other martial art forms such as Goju Ryu karate, Kyokushin karate, Wing Chun Kung fu and Jeet Kune Do.
Sensei Gerrit was awarded 5th Dan in 2017 by Shihan Koos Burger and was appointed to the SASKA Shihankai in 2018.
Questions for Sensei Gerrit Zaayman
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