In 1966, Soke Dai Hanshi Edwin James Ward developed Funakoshi Ryu and named it in honour of the great karate master, Gichin Funakoshi.
Funakoshi Karate International South Africa has a complex syllabus, which is well structured to incorporate various aspects of karate training.
The foundation of Funakoshi Karate International South Africa is the kamae stance. This stance is more than a fighting position. It contains accurate head, body, arms, hands, leg & feet positions. The kamae is used in all training systems such as kihon, saiten kentai waza, shi-ho geri waza, kata and kumite. It is an aggressive and defensive position.
The unique advanced Black Belt training syllabus caters for the advancement of karateka through the higher Dan rankings. Funakoshi Karate International South Africa is a progressive style always looking to improve and advance. The methods used to train an athlete 50 years ago, cannot be compared to the methods taught today.
We are affiliated to the provincial and national karate bodies in South Africa and have had students from our dojo included in both the provincial and national team. Our most consistent student, Anke Smit, has represented South Africa at 3 Commonwealth Karate Championships, in Scotland, South Africa and Australia and was part of the South African Team sent to compete in Botswana at the Youth Games in 2014.
Funakoshi Karate International South Africa forms part of an International panel consisting of Chief Instructors from Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Belgium and South Africa. We are more than just a karate style; we are part of an international community and see ourselves as one big family.