Senior Kata Tournament

Senior Kata Tournament

Our first kata tournament back in the dojo [due to the pan-you-know-what] strived for the balance of form and functional intensity. In each round, referees were tasked with awarding the flag to the competitor who best represented these fundamentals, as well as being...
WCIC 2021

WCIC 2021

On the bucket list of every karateka who has scaled the dizzy heights of beginner on the ladder of learning, is to attend a World Chief Instructors Course, held annually in Europe and the USA respectively. If there has been a silver lining to the cloud that is a...
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...