Hanshi Koos Burger - 9th DAN (African Style Head and Chief Instructor)
Hanshi Koos Burger was born on 27 Apr 1943 and started karate in 1963. For the past 59 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.
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Sensei Riaan Jansen van Vuuren- 7th Dan He started his karate career in South Africa in 1982.
Sensei Adriaan was graded in 2021 to 7th Dan and 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 hanshi Koos Burger.
Adriaan started a karateclub in 1997 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.
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Sensei Nicholas Bellegarde - 6th 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, Hanshi Koos Burger. I was awarded 5th Dan in 2105 by Hanshi 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.
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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.Currently his club is the Budo Shotokan Karate Club in Dallas, Texas in the United States of America.
Together with Hanshi 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 Hanshi Koos Burger and was appointed to the SASKA Shihankai in 2018.
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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
"TO PARTICIPATE IN KARATE TOURNAMENTS IS TO TEST YOUR SKILLS AGAINST OTHER KARATEKA"