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1.1 Establishment

  • 1.1.1 The Shotokan Karate-do International South Africa (SKISA) was established in 1978.
  • 1.1.2 The Founder, president and chief instructor, Shihan Sonny Pillay, has led the organisation from inception.
  • 1.1.3 The organisation has celebrated its silver jubilee in May 2002. The World President and Technical Director, Prof. Kanazawa, graced all functions pertaining to the Silver Jubilee. He was accompanied by twice World Champion, Murakami.
  • 1.2 Structure
    • 1.2.1 The Headquarters of the organisation is in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
    • 1.2.2 Branches exist within the following regions: KwaZulu-Natal; Gauteng; Western Cape; Boland.
    • 1.2.3 International presence is enjoyed in: Singapore; India; Malaysia; Mauritius; Australia; Sri Lanka and Canada.
  • 1.3 Membership
    • 1.3.1 The organisation currently enjoys a membership in excess of 2 000 members in South Africa.
    • 1.3.2 The president of the organisation is Shihan Sonny Pillay, who is a master with a 6th dan black belt via grading by legendary Professor Kanazawa (the only karate teacher of Indian origin to receive this rank). He is also the president of the Sports Karate KZN and the International Karate Friendship Association, as well as the Technical Director of the Martial Arts Foundation of India.
  • 1.4 Achievements
    • The organisation has produced six (6) senior Proteas (National all-style champions), as well as several junior and senior provincial caps. SKISA has also produced several South African (national) champions.
  • 1.4.1 Mr Ravi Moodley (Scorpion)
    • 4th dan black belt;
    • Head coach for SKI National karate team;
    • Former vice-captain of PROTEA (National) team (All Styles);
    • Karate World Champ 1997;
    • Participated in several World Championships in the 90's, and in 2000 in Indonesia;
    • The 1st and only Gladiator of Indian origin in the world.(Television sports entertainment celebrity)
    • Founder and International Presenter of the Cardio Warrior Group Exercise Training programme
    • Master Trainer for BodyLine Fitness foundation.
  • 1.4.2 Mr Donovan Goodhall
    • Protea for two years;
    • Represented South Africa in World Cup in Brazil;
    • Attended World Cup in July 1997;
    • Represented SA in Indonesia at the World Championships in 2000;
    • Kanazawa Cup Champion for 3 consecutive years (2000/2001/2002).
    • Elite instructor of the Cardio Warrior Group Exercise Training Programme.
  • 1.4.3 Mr Brando Pillay
    • Provincial, National and International Champion;
    • 3rd Dan Black belt (one of the youngest in the world graded by Prof. Kanazawa);
    • Gold Medalist at Indira Gandhi Memorial Championships in 2000 in New Delhi;
    • Coach: KZN Provincial Team & SKI National Team.
    • Elite instructor of the Cardio Warrior Group Exercise Training Programme.
  • 1.4.4 Mr Jeffrey Gumbi
    • Hails from Ntuzuma, a local KwaZulu Natal township;
    • National South African all-styles Champion in 1991;
    • Achieved Protea colours in 2001.
  • 1.4.5 Mrs Marike Fourie
    • Is a grandmother with a 2nd Dan Black belt;
    • A National Champion several times over;
    • Self-defence specialist.
  • SKISA, a non-racial organisation, affiliated to the Shotokan Karate International Federation(SKIF), was formed in 1978 by founder/president/chief instructor Sonny Pillay, upon his return to South Africa after several years of study in Europe under Japanese masters Enoeda, Asano, Shirai, Tomita, Kawazoe and Shotokan legend Kanazawa (just to name a few).

    During the 80's and 90's, the organisation under the dynamic leadership of chief instructor Sonny Pillay and honorary life president Geoff Landless undertook several European tours to countries such as England, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Austria during which SKISA karateka and instructors participated in several European summer camps and tournaments.

    For the past 25 years, SKISA invited and hosted several Japanese masters on an ongoing basis to conduct advanced seminars and black belt gradings.

    The following are some of the Japanese masters who visited:

    1979- Shiro Asano
    1981- R. Koga
    1982- Kasuya
    1983- R.Koga and N. Kawazoe
    1986- Kawazoe
    1988- M. Miura and R. Koga accompanied by the world kumite champions, the SKII national team who competed against the SKISA team for SKISA's 10 anniversary celebrations
    1990- R.Koga
    1991- R.Koga
    1994- M. Miura and G. Ugrelize
    2001- M. Murakami
    2002- M. Murakami

    Above all SKISA had the proud privilege and honour of hosting world Shotokan legend and SKIF president grandmaster Hirokazu Kanazawa in 1981,1982,1990,2001 and 2002.

    The organisation has produced several international, national and provincial all styles champions. Some of the senior champions are: Donovan Goodall, Jeffrey Gumbi, Brando Pillay, Mergen Naidoo and probably the most famous member of the SKISA family, the world all styles karate champion and MTN Gladiator "SCORPION", Ravi Moodley. Six of our fighters have achieved "protea" national (South Africa) all styles team colours.
  • SKISA national team have participated in three SKIF world championships:
    1994 - 5th SKIF World Championships in Japan

    1997 - 6th SKIF World Championships in Italy
    Ravi Moodley made it to the quarter finals of mens kumite division(there was no weight divisions for this tournament)

    2000 - 7th SKIF World Championships in Indonesia
    Tina Singh was placed jointed 3rd in the girls 14-15yrs kumite division. Deniro Pillay made it to the final round of the boys 16-17yrs kata division. Donovan Goodall and Ravi Moodley made it to the final sixteen of the mens over 75kg kumite division.

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