Pinetown JKA began in the eighties

2017-01-10 06:01
Dinky Karate students aged from three to five from Pinetown JKA Karate.

Dinky Karate students aged from three to five from Pinetown JKA Karate.

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THE Pinetown Japanese Karate Association (JKA) was founded by Duncan Player in the mid-1980s.
Pinetown JKA Karate account manager Karin Prinsloo said when Player started Player’s Gyms, karate was taken over by a member of the national karate team, Ronnie Webber.
Prinsloo and Caron Harris trained with Ronnie Webber at the time and took over the dojo in February 1997.
“Since the early 2000s Karin Prinsloo and her competent team of instructors and seniors, established Pinetown JKA Karate Institute as a highly respected karate school, as well as a place of learning, growth and meaningful friendships.
“The club is at the Cowies Hill Municipality Hall at 5 Woodside Road. There are about 80 students training at Pinetown JKA of which there is a good composition of male, female, adults and children.” said Prinsloo.

“Karate is a martial art and system of self-defence that originated hundreds of years ago in Okinawa, but was greatly influenced by an even older tradition from China. Literally, ‘karate-do’ means ‘the way of the empty hand,’ referring to the fact that its practitioners use no weapons to attack and defend, but only the hands, feet, and body. “Yet karate is much more than being merely physical. It is founded on a grand philosophical and spiritual tradition based on Bushido and Zen Buddhist principles.
Through hard training and practice, karate develops not only the body but also the mind and character.

“The ultimate purpose of karate is not physical prowess or the winning of matches, but the development of balance, harmony and spiritual and physical strength through strict, disciplined training.
“Karate schools you in natural, effortless action, and imbues you with an openness, peace, and wholeness of character that vastly enrich day-to-day life.”

He explained what the Japanese Karate Association is and why the Pinetown­ JKA is affiliated with it.
“With members in over 100 countries, the Japan Karate Association is the world’s largest and most prestigious karate organisation, and the only legal karate entity officially recognised by the Japanese government as an association of members for the promotion of karate.
“More importantly though, we are the keeper of karate’s highest tradition, the preserver of the soul and spirit of the art of karate in line with the tradition of Bushido [the way of the samurai].

“Our mission is to promote the way of karate throughout the world, while ensuring that it remains true to the philosophical precepts upon which it was founded.
“This has been our mission since the establishment of the JKA in 1949,” said Prinsloo.

For more information about JKA South Africa visit www.karatesa.org or for JKA Japan visit www.jka.or.jp
For the World Karate Association visit www.wkf.net and for the Karate South Africa visit www.karatesa.org

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