Gugs karate club records growth

2016-12-15 06:02
 Right: Josui Kaikan South Africa management team.

Right: Josui Kaikan South Africa management team.

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Josui Kaikan South Africa celebrated its fifth year of existence and head coach Marius Conjana could not have been happier.

Having practised the art of karate for 24 years, he was criticized by many when he broke ties with his local club and went international.

“I was told that I will never make it in life. I was also told that I am a fake karateka.

“My knowledge and experience of 19 years did not matter anymore. I had to listen to my inner voice that told me I will be fine,” he said.

In 2012 upon his visit to Matsuyama in Japan he was accepted and promoted to branch chief of the African continent of the josiu style by the Japanese Kancho Hiroshi Harada.

“We managed to take a team to Japan in 2012 and 2013. Locally we swept clean the tournament at every championship we entered. It generally takes any business or institution five year to get yourself on your feet. I can now proudly say we have not arrived but we exist,” he enthused.

Next year they will be taking 10 members to Japan for a championship tour but they need about R400 000 to realise their dream.

“We are doing it ourselves as businesses don’t support karate. We inform members that by joining us things might not go their way if they don’t work hard. We do not please our members but rather award them on merit for hard work done” he explained. Members of the public who want to join us must always bear the following in mind:

Karate is about teaching and instilling discipline. Karate is about building character

Karate builds balance and body coordination. We shy away from violence. Karate is about hard training.

Karate teaches endurance and once you master all the above, then life itself becomes easy.

Registration is now open for the 2017 intake.

Contact Shihan Marius Conjana on 0216377003, 0714097824 or email:

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