Stanley Owen Schmidt Sensei

(1936/10/6 – 2019/10/7)

Founding Father of SA JKA

Stan Sensei (JKA 8th Dan) started his martial arts training in judo and achieved his black belt, but in 1963 he became interested in karate. He was frustrated with not being able to find proper teaching, so he decided to go to Japan for his honeymoon in March 1963. He was the first non-Japanese to be invited to join the “Instructors training” at the original headquarters in Yotsuya, Tokyo. Later that same year he established the first official South African Japan Karate Association, affiliated to JKA, Japan.

Stan Sensei made many trips to Japan and was respected around the world. He was the awarded his 8th Dan by JKA/WF Japan in 2015, the first non-Japanese to receive this honor.

Along with Keith Geyer Sensei and their families, they immigrated to Australia some years back and hence Sensei Stan handed the reigns to our current Chief Instructor Johan La Grange Sensei, as approved by JKA/WF Japan.

Our condolences go to his wife Judy and his daughters Debbie, Caryn, Tia and Lisa.

His legacy lives on in SA JKA with the “Early Birds” trainings which he started still taking place every Tuesday and Thursday morning at the SA JKA Honbu Dojo. A great tree has fallen and we are very sad, but we will continue to honor him the best way possible, and that is continuing the SA JKA Karate Association according to the JKA way.

Upcoming events

  • FEB 01 2020

Standardisation Seminar & AGM (R300 pp / Dev R150 pp)

  • FEB 08 2020

NORTHERN CAPE (Kimberley) PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • FEB 28-29 2020

KZN PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • TBA
  • MAR 7 2020

KZN NORTHERN PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • MAR 7 2020

LIMPOPO PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • MAR 13-14 2020

GAUTENG PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • MAR 28 2020

FREE STATE (Welkom) PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • MAR 2020

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • TBA
  • MAR 2020

MPUMALANGA PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • MAR 2020

LIMPOPO PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • MAR 2020

NORTH WEST (Rustenburg) PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • MAR 2020

NORTH WEST(Vryburg) PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • MAY 15-16 2020

SA JKA TOURNAMENT – NOVICE / ELITE + SA JKA SENIOR TEAM SELECTION

  • MAY 30 2020

SUB SAHARA AFRICA REGION - NATIONAL BLACK BELT GRADING’S, BLACK BELT PRE-GRADING COURSE- GRADING, & INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR DD (Examiner & Instructor)

  • JUN 1-6 2020

INTERNATIONAL EVENT – GERMANY, AUSTRALIA & NAMIBIA (TRAINING &TOURNAMENT)

  • SEP 5 2020

STELLALAND REGION - BLACK BELT GRADING’S, BLACK BELT PRE-GRADING COURSE- GRADING, & INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR DD (Examiner & Instructor)

  • SEP 11-13 2020

NATIONAL GASSHUKU & DAN GRADING

  • TBA
  • SEP 26 2020

NORTHERN KZN REGION - BLACK BELT GRADING’S, BLACK BELT PRE-GRADING COURSE- GRADING, & INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR DD (Examiner & Instructor)

  • OCT 3 2020

EAST LONDON - BLACK BELT GRADING’S, BLACK BELT PRE-GRADING COURSE- GRADING, & INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR DD (Examiner & Instructor)

  • TBA
  • OCT 10 2020

COLOUR BELT SEMINAR

  • OCT 8 2020

EARLY BIRDS STAN SCHMIDT MEMORIAL TRAINING

  • OCT 17-20 2020

AUTUMN GASSHUKU

  • OCT 23-25 2020

FUNAKOSHI GICHIN KARATE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (JUNIOR AND SENIOR)

  • OCT 30-31 2020

KIMBERLEY REGION - BLACK BELT GRADING’S, BLACK BELT PRE-GRADING COURSE- GRADING, & INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR DD (Examiner & Instructor)

  • TBA
  • NOV 2 2020

KIMBERLEY REGION - BLACK BELT GRADING’S, BLACK BELT PRE-GRADING COURSE- GRADING, & INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR DD (Examiner & Instructor)

  • TBA
  • NOV 14 2020

KZN REGION - BLACK BELT GRADING’S, BLACK BELT PRE-GRADING COURSE- GRADING, & INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR DD (Examiner & Instructor)

  • TBA
  • NOV 21 2020

WESTERN CAPE REGION - BLACK BELT GRADING’S, BLACK BELT PRE-GRADING COURSE- GRADING, & INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR DD (Examiner & Instructor)

  • TBA
  • NOV 28 2020

SENIOR BOARD MEETING AND TRAINING (No charge, Register 07:30)

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