42nd Anniversary Training

42nd Anniversary for South African Karate Club

Last Friday the Ashihara Karate club which was started on 2 September 1980 by Hoosain Narker in a suburb of Cape Town, reached its 42nd birthday and as part of the 42nd celebrations held a special training session at their dojo. Over 120 students participated with training conducted indoors and outdoors.

Whilst not tournament oriented, the school has produced many Provincial and National Champions and one of their black belts also competed at 3 Para-Olympics winning medals at two Games. Earlier this year, 16 year old black belt Rabia Narker placed third at the Ashihara World Full Contact Karate Championships in Turkey. The school is more geared to improving the character of its students to not only become better persons but also to achieve academically and in other ways.

The school has also grown from that one single school in Retreat to branches in other Provinces and in over 20 other countries abroad and serves as the headquarters for the Ashihara Karate International Organisation. Karate classes is offered thrice a week and fitness classes for adults twice a week. 

South Africa:
 – Yesterday, Ashihara Karate has its first formal training session inside the dojo since lock down to “celebrate” the 41st Anniversary since I started the dojo on 2 September 1980. Many of the students were rather happy to see their friends and training mates after so many months. Personally, I am rather happy that with the team of helpers, we managed to adhere to protocols and as a trial run, it paves the way forward to soon start off with normal classes, albeit outside.

I had no idea that when I opened the dojo that we would last this long or that the dojo would evolve into an International Organisation represented in over 30 countries. All I knew then was that I wanted to provide an activity that would keep people occupied and off the streets and prior to its opening, I had three wishes:

1. To open my own dojo
2. To become known as an International instructor
3. To become the editor of my own magazine.

I’m proud to say that I’ve achieved all – with number 3, whilst we do produce a magazine from time to time, we have produced several instructional manuals, books and other and I’ve been editor to over 20 Cooking Books for my sister. I’ve never wanted to be a champion or produce champions, although that has been a by-product of what we do.

It would not have been possible without the involvement of students, parents and supporters alike. I have much to be thankful for and pleased that we can still make a difference in our communities and trust that under the future leadership of able and competent seniors, this service can continue for many more years.