Tag Archives: funakoshi karate international south africa

A Karate Hiatus for Craig Martial Arts | My Life | Personal Musings 15 MAY 2012

Unfortunately for me, I had foreseen the start of what would eventually be sure to come, and as it so happens, last week I was finally forced to send out this particular e-mail to my Gordon’s Bay Funakoshi Karate International South Africa sensei, Birgitt Smit:


Hi Sensei Birgitt and Gert

Unfortunately, as much as it pains me to do so, I need to step back from karate for the foreseeable future, as the time constraints brought about by Chantelle’s evening shift work, her Cookies and Cakes venture and of course looking after young Jessica are simply making it impossible to grab any free time whatsoever in order to attend karate classes.

Please know that I greatly enjoyed my time training and learning under the two of you (I’ve been with you guys since February 2009 – didn’t realise it had been so long already!), and will most certainly miss training with my Gordon’s Bay karate family.

Hopefully things ease up in the future, perhaps when Chantelle falls pregnant and needs to stay home again, then can I revive my karate career, but for now there just doesn’t seem to be any alternative other than going on a karate hiatus for now.

My apologies on taking so long to write this e-mail to you, but it has been a difficult decision to make – though I believe in the end, the correct one. At the end of the day, I need to make the necessary sacrifices that are in the best interest of my family.

Thank you both for the time and effort that you put in for the people who choose to train with you, and best of luck for the future.

Kind regards,
Craig


And that is that. Once again I have fallen short in earning my black belt in any form of martial art that I have tried my hand at, meaning that it remains one of those elusive achievements which always seems to fall just short of my grasp.

craig lotter karate grading brown belt

Stopping karate for now is sad and unfortunate (I’m going to miss the physical exertion, the camaraderie of the karate family and of course the constant learning and challenging of oneself), but like I said in the e-mail, a man has to do what a man has to do – and in this case someone has to be at home to look after Jessie while Mommy is busy with work…

Bikini Beach Funakoshi Training Martial Arts 21 FEB 2011

Friday 11 February saw the perfect way to de-stress after a long week of work, with a Bikini Beach training session to kick off the weekend.

As it turned out, the wind that had plagued Gordon’s Bay during the week had dissipated, leaving only glorious sunshine and white sand to greet the eager karateka as they hit the beach. Under sensei Birgitt everyone was soon going through their paces, mixing sweat and sand under the watchful eyes of parents and passers-by who had stopped to take in the spectacle of white dogi-clad kids and adults taking over Gordon’s Bay’s premier stretch of beach.

Of course, for the adults it was more a case of keeping a watchful eye on the kids and making sure they all more or less stuck to the plan, but in the end it was a lot of fun for everyone involved, and as a bonus the dojo got some pretty nice pictures to use for its website.

Nifty.

To view the full set of photos coming out of the day, hit the gallery here: http://www.funakoshikarate.co.za/bikini-beach-training.

Continue reading

Our Link to the Funakoshi Style Martial Arts 30 DEC 2010

Most of you will know that the Funakoshi karate discipline or style was created by a South African in the late 1960’s, a man by the name of Edwin Ward. Soke Dai Hanshi (Founder and head of the style) Ward left our shores in the 1970’s to begin a new life in Canada, though not before he had left sufficiently trained students to continue growing the style in South Africa.

Unfortunately, human memory is not perfect and as the years went by, certain nuances were changed or completely forgotten as responsibility transferred from teacher to student, meaning that many of the forms and kata as well as the basic understanding of certain aspects altered from the original style, meaning that what was left in South Africa was more of a watered down version of the original vision of Dai Hanshi Ward’s Funakoshi karate system.

Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Boland Karate Year-end Tournament (2010-11-06) My Life | Photo Gallery 06 NOV 2010

On Saturday 6 November, at Scotsdene Sports Hall, Boland Karate held its final senior tournament for 2010, aptly named the Boland Development Championship. A number of styles and dojos were invited to compete, including the Spartans who came all the way down from Ceres in a sizeable number in order to partake in this final bit of friendly rivalry.

Proceedings kicked off with a unison kata with bunkai from Funakoshi Karate International South Africa, with kata Kigai being performed by Chris Mourdik, Gerhard Roos and Craig Lotter.

[subvertedgallery link=”file” columns=”4″ orderby=”post_date”]