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:
Tournament where the others had much larger amounts of students entered. The Tigers went, they saw and then they concurred. We returned with 53 medals, 27 gold, 18 silver and 8 bronze.
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.
Can you believe that half the year is almost gone, just a few weeks to go. I’m sure that without proper planning, one will never be able to do what is needed in the karate classes and even in your normal day to day life, at the speed time is flying. The Villieria Tigers karate dojo started very well in 2017 with around 8 new students starting in January. We now have 12 new students and I’m sure when the rugby and cricket trails are done at school, more kids will sign up. Currently all students are preparing for the Shorin-Ryu Nationals to be held end of June in Port Elizabeth, a tour that all are looking forward to.
The senior grade students have also started their program to prepare for black belt grading in November. Thus far there are 11 grading for either jnr black, Shodan or Nidan and two will grade for Sandan.
Sensei’s Ruan, Jake and John will attempt Godan grading next year at the National senior camp.