Solis Ortus has done it once. And Solis Ortus is doing it again – continuing with online karate classes through Zoom!
The massive rise of Covid-19 infections nationally and in Gauteng especially has resulted in literally every Solis Ortus karateka feeling the effects of this terrible pandemic on a very personal level.
Following the successful first grading of 2021, Eugene Oosthuizen sensei and the instructors thought it wise to put into practice what was learned during the first hard lockdown in 2020 to keep all our students safe.
Solis Ortus already started Zoom classes a week or more before President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday 27 June that the country will again go into Level 4 lock-down. Level 4 basically locked-down leisure activities again that include gyms and fitness centres.
Eugene sensei indicated even before the official news that it is in the best interests of the entire Solis Ortus family that the dojo move to online classes until the third wave reaches its peak.
We would like to encourage all our karateka to continue training – in the comfort of your own homes!
Have fun and be safe!
Karate South Africa held a Team Building Camp over the weekend of 4 June 2021 in the Drakensberg at the Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Leisure Resort, near Underberg and Sani Pass in freezing temperatures and snow-covered mountains.
The Training Camp provided standardisation to KSA athletes and coaches.
Eugene Oosthuizen sensei attended the camp as KSA National Coach. On Friday evening an energetic training session took place with everyone where Eugene sensei trained the U21, Senior, Vets and Master athletes. This was followed by a briefing session where the program and rules for the weekend were discussed.
On Saturday morning, there were separate kata and kumite training sessions. Athletes attended another training session and completed fitness tests just after lunch. Coaches and athletes then attended a referees course immediately following the fitness tests.
Michelle Singh sensei presented a psychology session after the course. A few coaches were afterwards selected to give motivational speeches, where Eugene sensei was asked to give some inspiration to the athletes.
A mini-tournament was hosted on Sunday where the selection panel kept a watchful eye over the competitors, observing them for a possible chance to compete in the region 5 tournament.
Thank you to Eugene sensei for giving his time, yet again, to teach and inspire karateka from across South Africa!
Several Karate Performance Centre athletes that qualified for the Gauteng Karate Federation team took part in Squad training sessions on Saturday 8 May. The training catered for both online and in-class training with a jam-packed program. In-class training was presented in Morgan Moss sensei’s dojo in Krugersdorp.
The day kicked off with kumite training for children aged 7 to 11 from 8h00 to 10h00, followed by kumite training for cadets aged 12 to 13 that ended around 12h15. Kata training followed for children aged 7 to 13, then athletes aged 14 and older, which ended at around 14h30. Training of Junior and Master athletes took place in the afternoon from 14h45 to 17h30.
Our own Eugene Oosthuizen sensei is the GKF chief coach and did what he does best on the day: making champions of all the athletes.
KPC thanks sensei Morgan sensei for making his dojo available for the training. And, thanks to Eugene sensei for putting in all his time and effort. We wish all our athletes the best of luck: put your training into practice and make KPC proud!
On the weekend of 26 and 27 March 2021, 365 days after SA’s hard lockdown, SA JKA hosted another successful National Dan Grading and Standardisation Seminar.
Tiaan Uys successfully completed his Shodan grading (1st Dan), becoming Solis Ortus’ newest black belt. We want to congratulate you on your achievement, as we know you have worked hard over the years and had to overcome a back injury too.
All black belts across SA were invited to attend the Standardisation Seminar. Due to ever changing times, the Standardisation Seminar for 2021 only hosted dojo heads. It is absolutely amazing to see how healthy SA JKA is. The attendance from various dojo heads was mind blowing.
As always, our own dojo head, Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen, was in the front row to gather as much knowledge as possible which he in turn will bring back to his ever growing dojo and make the best of any potential karateka.
It was a great weekend compared to a year ago. Staying fit and healthy through it all!
THIS ARTICLE IS FOR ALL SOLIS ORTUS STUDENTS WHO SURVIVED THE 2020 LOCKDOWN AND CAME OUT STRONGER!!!
Early March 2020, and the world is buzzing amidst the new Covid-19 outbreak. Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen’s mind is in overdrive, thinking of ways to keep his students going strong in light of the very uncertain times heading our way. Sensei Eugene has discussions with fellow karateka and friends, both here and overseas. They all
start brain storming.
We know a hard lock down is coming and we follow news from around the world.
On 23 March 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa announcesthe lockdown in South Africa for 21 days from 26 March 2020. However, we knew that this lockdown would last much longer.
When the announcement came our students were already introduced to Zoom training and so started our online training journey. With dedicated students and their parents, instructors and lots of Wifi data, we pulled our dojo through a time that will go down in the history books.
This time will forever become part of the rich history of Solis Ortus karate dojo.
We witnessed our students overcome a very tough time and bettered themselves in more ways than one.
We hosted the first ever online grading which was a HUGE success.
We helped our karate family members where help was asked for and we only came back stronger.
Solis Ortus students – this message is for you!
Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for training in very difficult times. Thank you for remaining disciplined and respectful over a screen.
With the online training, we invited you into our home and you invited us into yours. The Solis Ortus family is one of greatness, strength and unity and we appreciate each and every one.
We know that Solis Ortus students are destined for greatness. And, if 2020 was the year to measure greatness, it is evident that we have the best in our dojo.
Each student, each parent, each family member and every dog, cat and lovebird that joined in on the online training – WE BOW and say “OSS”!
“They may take our freedom but they will never take away our FUN!!”😁😁
Even during lockdown we continue with our various planned themes for our online classes.
It may be because our students train from home, but this year the ninja dress up was fierce and on point. It was OSS-ame to see all the “ninjas” pop up on the screen and if not for the name on the bottom of the screen some were unrecognizable.
Thank Solis Ortus family for continuing to have fun with us and still training hard. We see you! We appreciate you! We miss you all!
The Solis Ortus Team
A man with a dream can accomplish it once he wakes up and executes it with a plan.
The dream was always to develop young karatekas with a certain program and have them excel on the karate stage.
On Friday and Saturday (29 & 30 November 2019) the Solis Ortus competition group attended the GKF tournament. The students have been preparing hard at the Solis Ortus dojo and KPC (Karate Performance Centre).
Out of 22 competitors, 19 karatekas medaled and will travel to Durban in March 2020. These 19 medalists also receive their Gauteng colours. SO VERY PROUD!
As always the Solis Ortus support group was in full force cheering on our team.
Thank you for a great year guys. Thank you for putting the students first and for helping Eugene bring put the best in our karatekas.
Dear karatekas and parents.
Congratulation to all the student who successfully graded to their next belt level.
All the instructors are immensely proud of each and every one.
Thank you to every adult who plays a role in a child / student’s life and allow us the opportunity to share in their upbringing.
Congrats again on the grading!!!
On Wednesday night, 6 November 2019, the senior class enjoyed a training session with Sensei Bernard Buys. Sensei Bernard is no stranger to Solis Ortus.
He started the class by teaching us how to speed up our punches. A simple technique actually. So, instead of thinking about the hand having to do the punch, think of the hand which will become your next Hikite (put back hand).
After this great eye opener we moved on to hips. If you have ever had the pleasure of watching (martial) art in motion and seeing Sensei Bernard on the tatami, you will know that HIPS and the use thereof is Bernard Sensei’s forte.
The Japanese are very good with the use of their lower body. We are very good in using our upper body strength. We all need to figure the glue between the lower and upper body. HIPS HIPS HIPS!
We do Heian Shodan with zenkutsu dachis and xhosa dachis. The xhosa dachi forces you to squeeze your hip muscles and go down into deep solid stances. These moves ties in beautifully with Empi. The session moves onto Jion and one can see the karatekas getting faster the more they apply Sensei Bernard’s teaching and tips.
The class is finished off with a fun way in which to use your hips. Loosen the little side strings on your gi, now karate your heart out. If the strings did not move, you have not used your hips.
Looking forward to implementing this technique with our youngsters.
Work hard on staying fast on your hips, push and never give up!
Article written by Sandy Oosthuizen
Tshwane Championship – Saturday 2 November 2019.
Not only did the Springboks win the William Web Ellis Cup, our Solis Ortus Students palmed in the medals for their respective divisions.
Again the Solis Ortus supporters and karate family rallied together to cheer for the students, wipe the tears and celebrate all achievements together.
Congratulations to all who qualified. Now we continue the hard work, dream bigger and move mountains!!
“Richness is not only measured in Money…….you can also be rich by your Habits, Values, Vision & Discipline.”
Solis Ortus became 4 black belts “richer” on Saturday during the National Dan Gradings held at SAJKA headquarters in Johannesburg.
We are super proud of each and every one of them.
The Pre-grading session was represented by 12 Solis Ortus students. Sandra Erasmus, Rudolf Steyn and Nick Vergitsis aren’t on the photo as they trained in a different hall.
Gary McKerr, Cathy van Onselen, Dawie Reyneke and Zak Snyman all received their 1st Dan (Shodan) on Saturday. We are so proud of you!!!! Now your karate journey starts.
It is not always possible for JKA students to travel to Japan and train with our masters and share in their knowledge.
SAJKA bridges this gap by bringing our Japanese Instructors to our doorstep.
Taniyama Sensei (7th Dan) and Okuma Sensei (6th Dan) visited SA from 1 October – 7 October 2019 and hosted a few seminars for SAJKA Karatekas.
On Tuesday, 1 October 2019 3 sessions were presented followed by another two on the Wednesday. The weekend was jam-packed with further interesting classes.
Sensei Eugene and other Solis Ortus karatekas attended the Tuesday session where they did top training session with Okuma Sensei, working on Hangetsu and the bunkai.
On Saturday, Sensei Eugene accompanied more Solis Ortus students. Okuma Sensei went through Jitte and broke it down into smaller parts explaining the bunkai and techniques.
Sunday’s sessions was filled with valuable JKA judging and refereeing by Okuma Sensei and Taniyama Sensei gave a fantastic class on distributing of weight and how to use is in Basai-Dai
Thank you SA JKA for providing us all with the opportunity to train with our masters.
Violence against women and children are in the spotlight at the moment and is a headline near and dear too many.
At SAJKA HQ we dedicated our park training on 10 September to this cause.
All senior members of SAJKA has special women in their lives (mothers, wives, girlfriends, children, aunts etc) whom they love dearly and fiercely.
It is against our morals to inflict any kind of abuse on any women or child.
Our Sensei Eugene Oosthuizen and Sensei Rudolf Steyn dedicated their training to the women in their lives. They trained their hearts out and they did it with love and dedication.
Thank you SAJKA for for giving us this oppurtunity
Real men loves unconditionally
On Saturday, 7 September, Solis Ortus instructors and assistant instructors got together for a Solis Ortus standardisation seminar.
During the seminar we discuss the way the classes are presented and determine new ways of keeping things fun and interesting.
We also standardise our way of teaching to ensure that all those teaching students do things the same way. This way we are ensured that all students receive the same level of training irrespective of the instructor they work with.
Solis Ortus have many up and coming assistant instructors who are eager to learn and start giving back. It’s such an honour to see our youngsters grow into these position. Thank you to our main instructors who teach the assistants to one day becoming the best.
4th ANNUAL COEN MEMORIAL CHALLENGE
In 2014 the idea was born to celebrate the legacy of Coen Oosthuizen, founder of Solis Ortus and late father of Eugene Oosthuizen.
Fast forward to 2019 and on Saturday 14 September we hosted the 4th annual Coen Memorial Tournament for all Solis Ortus students. Our minis and youngest karatekas opened the day with all the seniors starting with an official bow.
First up was the obstacle course. Because we focus tremendously on fundamental skills of our youngsters, we also give them an opportunity to compete on this level and show us all how awesome they are. It is amazing to see how bright a star can shine when placed under some pressure. Next time we will have to wear sunglasses, cause Solis Ortus youngsters shines SUPERNOVA. This was followed by our awesome group of special needs students. What a joy it is to watch them compete under pressure but never losing their sense of self!
The remainder of day was filled with competitors of all ages, all belts doing kata, 3 step and 1 step kumite, semi-free fighting and also free fighting. Our youngest free fighting competitors were 5 years old and our youngterans (Veterans) between the ages of 43 – 49 (ladies and gents).
Karate is a technical sport, a sport of discipline and respect. Our students strive to fulfil the 5 maxims of karate and in turn we are rewarded with hugs, smiles that stretch from ear to ear, happy and confident kids, proud parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Our students work hard within themselves to be better and achieve their own personal goals. They respect their competitors, they respect the technique and the instructors.
Thank you to all who was part of this day. All who enjoyed the day with us, learned with us all, smiled with us and laughed with us.
Hope to see you all again next year.
On 28 and 29 August we enjoyed showing off at bring-a-friend class. The classes were jam-packed with friend and family members who got to witness first hand how awesome Solis Ortus students are. Our students are an excellent example of how well play learning works.
On Wednesday and Thursday, 4 and 5 September, we celebrated spring with colorful t-shirt and yummy donuts. The spirit was through the roof. The laughter and chatter was heard from far and the students enjoyed their training with gusto and determination.
Thank you all for always participating wit a smile.
At Solis Ortus we work hard and play hard.
Love our dojo!!!
We had our music days at both dojos.
Bono said music is the one thing that can change the world, because it can change people.
During music class the kids were smiling, dancing, laughing and enjoying themselves.
This past weekend the Womens Cup and Development Championships were held in Durban.
Solis Ortus was represented by
Hardus van Jaarsveld
Collectively they brought back home
🥇 – 5
🥉 – 1
This is the beginning of great things to come. Keep up the hard work and dedication and you will be awarded for your passion.
Great seeing Solis Ortus students smile from ear to ear and being great sportsmen and women and a role model for our up and coming youngsters.
Solis Ortus competitors entered for the dojo cup challenge to improve their skills and obtain valuable tatami time. The Dojo Cup Challange was hosted by Sensei Takis and held at Curro Serengeti.
Every tournament is a learning curve where some try out new techniques, others improve their existing talent and some try out the tournament scene. Every students walk away a learner and some adds a medal to collection. One of our students informed me prior to his fight that today is the day he will try a few kicks. Low and behold he scored with a beautiful executed kick. I don’t know who was prouder, me or him.
It is such a pleasure witnessing the Solis Ortus parents blend and becoming a karate family. Everybody rooting and encouraging each Solis Ortus competitor. So blessed to have these families in our dojo.
It is a greater pleasure to witness the friendships and bonds forged between the karatekas and how they grow into their own.
Great talent at Solis Ortus.
Silver : 6