Villieria Tigers karate club might easily be one of the oldest dojos in the area. It was already a strong dojo in the 1970's and has changed locations as well as instructors a few times during the past 30 years. Various karate and self-defense Styles had also been taught during these years. The current instructor, Kyoshi Riaan Coetzee, took over the dojo in 1991 after being a student at this dojo since 1974 where he started at the age of 13 years.
At first, the Funakoshi Style was trained at the dojo until 1980. After this, they joined Kyokushin until 1983 whereupon it was decided to once again affiliate to Funakoshi. In 1994, a decision was made to break away from all South African known Styles and introduce something different to the Country. Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan karate was introduced and has been practiced at this dojo ever since.
Traditional Okinawa karate and Kobudo are being taught at the dojo as well as one on one street combat and advanced self-defense. Through all of this, the Villieria Tigers slogan has remained the same through the years:
Shorin-Ryu Karate is one of the two original Karate styles formally systemized in Okinawa. It is considered by some authorities to have had the most influential impact on the development of all modern Karate systems, following their emergence in Okinawa. Shorin-Ryu Karate eventually splintered off into four (4) groups.
Technically the Shorin-Ryu styles tend to use more upright stances than the Japanese styles, thus giving the Okinawan stylist more mobility. Unlike the Japanese stylist, the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu stylist does not emphasize constant forward pressure when engaging in a confrontation, or like the Chinese stylist, indirect countering; rather, he maintains enough flexibility to use both approaches very effectively and efficiently.
These four groups are as follows:
First, is the original Shorin-Ryu style founded by SOKON "Bushi" MATSUMURA, known, as a result, as MATSUMURA ORTHODOX. It is also reported that this style was founded by Hohan Soken, who was born in 1889. Reportedly some of the style's followers have changed its name to Sukunai Hayashi.
Second is SHOBAYASHI-Ryu (small forest school), was first taught by Chotoku Kyan, a famous student of Yasutsune Itosu and trained several notable students such as Shoshin Nagamine who in 1947 founded the Matsubayashi Ryu branch of Shorin Ryu.
The third style is KOBAYASHI-Ryu (young forest school). Choshin Chibana is credited as the first to teach Kobayashi Ryu. According to some sources, this system is identical to Shobayashi Ryu. It is believed that Choshin Chibana simply misspelled the kanji characters, which changed the pronunciation from Shobayashi Ryu to Kobayashi Ryu.
The last is MATSUBAYASHI-Ryu (pine forest school). The last three names refer to the small pine forest where the original Shao-lin temple was located in China. All Shorin-Ryu styles are interpreted as Shorin-Ryu, or "Shao-lin way," reflecting their Chinese heritage.
As I predicted, 2016 was a very busy year with lots of activities but there was one huge thing that happened, a new little Tiger was born!! We say congratulations to Nidan Elzanda and her hubby Riaan with the birth of their first child, a beautiful girl Tiger called Clarissa. We know she’ll bring them lots of happiness.
The Tigers also performed exceptionally well at the World Martial Art Games where almost everyone who took part, won a medal. Look at their picture under the “result” column.
The last bit of news for now is that there is a chance of opening another Tiger dojo on the other side of town in Valhalla. Watch this space early in 2017.
The grading is upon us!! Kyoshi Johnson will be flying in tomorrow afternoon (11/11) to conduct the Kobudo grading on Friday evening and the Karate grading for black belts, on Saturday morning. Good luck to Shodan Anome and Flavio going for Nidan, Sempei Daniel going for Shodan and Lumaye going for her Shodan.
All the kyu gradings will be done by myself and Sensei Ruan on November 19, good luck to everyone!!