Congratulations! You have been invited to grade

Congratulations! You have been invited to grade

Building a student into a confident black belt is a nuanced journey. It’s not just about how hard the student consistently trains with effort, or how good their form is, or how long they’ve been on a grade. A karate grading is an invitation to assess a student’s...
I heart kata

I heart kata

On Saturday afternoon, in full view of the mountain and curious pedestrians, the Samurai Claremont family gathered on the WPCC field for the first tournament in just under a year. It had been a while since the last regionals or dojo competition, but that same spirit...
Jan 2021 Black Belt Grading | Letter from Sensei Bruce

Jan 2021 Black Belt Grading | Letter from Sensei Bruce

OSS Students, Your grades are real and a testament to your worth. Thank you for allowing me to be honest with you. My blood is as red as yours. I too am a student with strengths and challenges. No BS, we train and we seek to improve – that’s it! Your...
Samurai Claremont 2020 Year-End Event

Samurai Claremont 2020 Year-End Event

Given the pandemic, our dojo year-end event for 2020 was slightly different than usual: an early morning stroll along Sunrise Beach at Muizenberg picking up litter, clearing seaweed and doing karate on the sand. With happy dogs, energetic kids and sunny weather, the...
Sensei Bruce’s 50th Birthday Surprise

Sensei Bruce’s 50th Birthday Surprise

Friday afternoon at Keurboom Park and the Claremont Warriors have gathered for a very special field session. The atmosphere is charged with an excitement so palpable that it’s  electric. With Senpai Liam at the helm they immediately get into their lines and...