Dr. Rony Kluger started his training at the early age of 12 in Judo and since 1970 his life has been Karate Do. He holds an impressive list of national and international titles from his competitive career, which he ended in 1983. After Dr. Kluger’s retirement from active competition he has been concentrating on teaching, coaching, educating and refereeing on the national and international levels.
For 10 years he held the post of National Chief Referee of the Israel Karate Federation. From 1985 to 1999 Dr. Kluger led the Martial Arts department of the Wingate Institute for Physical Education & Sport (Ministry of Education & Sport – Israel), where his task was to educate and qualify the next generation of martial art teachers. Today Dr. Kluger heads the Martial Arts faculty at the Israeli College of Security.
Kancho Kluger has gained a reputation as a very talented and charismatic Budo Educator. He is regularly conducting seminars, gashukus (training camps) and professional courses in Australia, Hungary, South Africa, Finland, United States, Japan, Canada, South Africa, England, Italy, India, Czech Republic, Romania, Latvia and more. Despite his extensive ties internationally, Dr. Kluger’s base remains the Honbu Dojo (Israel), where thousands of students are practicing, training and learning systematically on a full time basis.
Shihan Leonard Marthinus started karate in 1975 with Karate-do and received his Black Belt in 1980, under the strict instruction of Sensei Brian Van Zyl from Bellville dojo. His other instructors include Shihan Nico Bester, Hanshi Denis St. John-Thompson and Thomas Wright.
Received his second Dan – 1982 , third Dan – 1984, and fourth Dan – 1986 in a space of six years. His Fifth Dan and Shihan title he received in 1990 and sixth Dan in 2007
Holds colours for Western Province and was actively involved in the inter-provincial championships and national tournaments. He was awarded Springbok colours in 1983 with the national team touring Switzerland and England.
Shihan Leonard Marthinus has a long history of international gashuku’s since 1983. He visited Kancho Rony on numerous occasions and also participated in a 24 hour gashuku with students from the Belhar Dojo in 1987.
His international participation includes Australia, Switzerland, England and Israel.
Shihan Sydney joined Karate-Do in 1983 at the age of 38. He has trained and taught martial arts (since attaining green belt in 1985) under Hanshi Denis St. John Thompson in his Honbu Dojo in Cape Town until 2007 when he and his fellow Shihan’s left Karate-Do to pursue a new direction.
As an eternal student, Shihan Sydney has gone to Gashuku’s every year since a beginner (white belt) and from 3rd Dan attended senior Bushi training every year. His has competed in local competitions, attaining Western Province colours, and trained overseas in Switzerland, United Kingdom, Hungary and Israel. He obtained 5th Dan and the rank of Shihan in 2001.
The highlight of his martial art career was when he was allowed to join Karate-Do International Renmei under the dynamic, innovative and charismatic leadership of Kancho Rony Kluger, 8th Dan who is also Hanshi of the Dai Nippon Butokukai International Division (a highly prestigious organisation).
Resident instructor at Cape Town CBD Dojo since February 2013.
Shihan Gordon started karate with Karate-do in 1968 at the age of 12, his first instructor was Sensei Marty St John Thomson. Under the tutorage of Hanshi Denis St John Thomson he progressed through the ranks and attained Shodan (black Belt) at the age of 16, the youngest person within the system to have achieved such a feat.
He spent many weeks of his junior years attending Gashuku’s (special training camps) and joined the senior classes at the age of 15 years old. This assisted in his rapid progress through the ranks.
He excelled in both kata and randori/kumite and competed very successfully for many years in local as well as international competitions and was crowned Grand Champion in both kata and randori/kumite five years in a row.
Shihan Gordon represented Western Province and was the Springbok captain that led a successful international tour to Switzerland and England in 1981. The team made a clean sweep of all competitions in each country.
Shihan Gordon, with two other Shihan’s, formed the ‘Kokusai Karate do Renmei South Africa’ (KKDRSA) organisation and decided to join the organisation of Kancho Rony Kluger in 2007. This personal decision was prompted by the need to source the true teachings of Okinawan Goju Ryu from as close to the source as possible. His concern was that the transferring of information was getting distorted and personalised by the instructors and this would eventually lead to the loss of vital pieces of historic teachings and understanding.
Shihan Gordon travels annually to international gashuku’s to upgrade his personal knowledge of the martial arts and keep in contact with this ever growing circle of martial arts warriors.
In February 2010 he attended the Mossel Bay International gashuku held under the leadership of Kancho Rony Kluger. Kancho Rony had seen the need to introduce a Kobudo system that was similar in ideas and principles as the Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate do system and so invited Nishime Sensei, a long time friend and founder of Yamann Ryu Kobudo, to South Africa for the first Kobudo Gashuku. This Kobudo system incorporates all the traditional Okinawan weapons and has become an integral part of the teachings.
He has had 46 years of martial art experience and has traveled extensively to countries such as Israel, Hungary, Ireland, Namibia, Botswana, Switzerland and Australia to further his martial arts knowledge. Resident instructor at Cape Town CBD Dojo since February 2013.
Mike’s first Sensei was Hennie de Vries. After his first white belt grading in 1973, he continued his tutelage under the late Hanshi Denis St John-Thompson from 1973 to 2007. Hanshi Denis introduced Mike to teaching karate from 1976 under his personal direct supervision for 3 years.
Mike’s forte was building up the ailing dojo’s around the Cape Peninsula. Wherever there was dwindling student numbers , Mike would be sent, lifting the energy and student numbers again before moving on to settling in as the Head of Claremont dojo for many years. This dojo later became the Newlands dojo.
In 2004 Mike was admitted to the South African Karate and Martial Arts “Hall of fame 2004″ – Silver award: 1st – for his achievements in karate.
In his desire for a deeper knowledge of traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu, Mike and a few friends went to Israel to train with Kancho Rony in 2007. Mike and Kancho Rony first trained together as green belts in 1975 at the famous Central dojo in Cape Town under Hanshi Denis. Re-invigorated by his visit to Kancho Rony in Israel in 2007, Mike and two Shihans started Kokusai Karate-do Renmei South Africa .
Mike is currently a chief instructor and again revolutionizing their teaching methods.
In 2010, Mike was introduced to Yamann Ryu Kobudo under Nishime Sensei, who had accompanied Kancho Rony to South Africa to hold a gashuku. This kobudo learning was furthered in 2011 when Mike attended Kancho Rony’s summer gashuku in Israel and whose special guest instructor was Nishime Sensei.
Sensei John Price started Karate in 1975 at age 12. He became a junior Springbok in 1983 receiving black Belt ‘Shodan’ at 21 years of age.
Sensei John Price studied as an Ushi Deshi and went on to teach Martial arts in USA for 6 months. In 1987-1990 he was Chief instructor for Natal and a Provincial Head.
He was a Provincial Judge and referee and tournament director. Head of South Western Districts 1990-1993 and teaching in Bredasdorp, Swellendam, Barrydale & Helderberg.
Sensei John Price currently teaches at the Curro Century City dojo and is s regular student in the Main Dojo in Cape Town Centre CBD dojo.
Commenced training in February 1990, at age 8 with Hanshi Denis St John Thomson. Awarded Shodan in 2001, Nidan in 2003 and Sandan in 2006 by Hanshi Denis St John Thomson. Training in Goju-Ryu Karate-Do, Kobudo and exposure to Tai Chi and Krav Maga. Attended special Bokken / Iaido course with Bob Davies Sensei, 2008
Travelled to Hungary as part of a 3-man team to participate in the 15th Anniversary Gashuku of Karate-Do International Hungary, led by Kancho Rony Kluger, and Shihan Atilla Miscolzci, 2004. Participated in the Goju Ryu Goodwill festival held at the Bellville Velodrome, 2006, Kobudo division. Awarded Yondan in 2010 in Mossel Bay by Kancho Rony Kluger.
Has attended numerous international Gashuku ( training seminars ) in Cape Town, Hungary, Israel and Switzerland. Underwent 1 month intensive training with Kancho Rony and seniors at Honbu dojo in Israel in 2007 and again in 2009. Attended Yamann Ryu Kobudo Gashuku with Nishime Sensei in Mossel Bay, 2010.
10 years teaching experience, teaching juniors and adults. Regularly attends all courses and gashuku and assists with teaching. Currently senior instructor at Durbanville dojo, sharing the responsibility with Sensei Brian Woodland.
Sensei Kurt Wucherfenning 4th Dan of Kalk Bay dojo started his martial arts career in 1981 in Plumstead dojo under the guidance of Sensei Len Resnekov(now based in Australia).
Although Sensei Kurt spent most of his youth in the Plumstead dojo, as an adult he trained in the Claremont dojo under Sensei Mike Chong. From brown belt he was invited to join senior training at Honbu Dojo under Hanshi Denis St John Thomson in the Jameson st dojo in Cape Town and was awarded his dan ranking by Hanshi Denis in 2000.
His 2nd and 3rd dan ranks where signed off by Hanshi Denis but where under the tutelage of Renshi Nico Bester who headed up the school after the untimely death of Hanshi Denis in 2009 and Sensei Kurt was awarded his 4th dan at the schools national gashuku in 2010.
In order to gain international experience he traveled to Switzerland and the UK in 2006 and has sought further understanding by training briefly in Aikido(2yrs) and attends ongoing instruction in Brazilian Jujutsu under Graham Turner (5th dan). Sensei Kurt opened the Kalk Bay dojo in 2003 where he has remained the guiding force and principle instructor assisted by his senior students.
When not in the dojo Sensei Kurt works in the Real Estate industry in the Southern Suburbs.
Sensei Mauro started his Martial Arts career in 1987 after watching a karate demonstration at his Primary School. He has been training ever since and after studying electronic engineering decided to stop repairing electronic devices and turn his attention to working with people. After having taught Martial Arts as a part time instructor, Mauro Sensei turned his hobby, into his career and became a full time professional Martial Arts instructor in 1998.
Sensei Mauro has trained in many systems in order to get a deeper knowledge into the Martial Arts.
Although Mauro Sensei’s home and passion has always been in classical karate, he has studied Judo, Qi Gong, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Kobudo (Okinawan Traditional Weapons) and various healing arts such as Tibetan reflexology, Massage, Shiatsu and Spinal Tuning. This knowledge gives Mauro Sensei the ability to better understand and impart the classical arts which he teaches.
Sensei Mauro attained Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in 1995. In 1998 he was awarded Nidan (2nd Degree). In 2003 he received his Sandan (3rd Degree) and in 2009 received his Yondan (4th Degree).
Sensei Mauro has trained with many local and international teachers. In 2004 Mauro Sensei had the great honour of being inducted into the South African Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Sensei Mauro is currently a 4th degree black belt and qualified senior instructor in classical Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate and is the Provincial KZN Director of Kokusai Karate Do Renmei S.A.
Sensai Filippo Mestichelli 4th Dan started training in 1989 in what was then known as Karate-do Central dojo located in Loop street Cape Town. Trained under Hanshi Denis St John Thomson from 1989 until 2007. He attended numerous courses over this period including teacher training, gashuku’s and special training.
Sensai Filippo Mestichelli began teaching in 1993 as a assistant in the junior class. He received his black belt 1993 and took over the teaching of the juniors. Built up a fantastic class of mostly purple, blue and orange belts over a five year period. Took over the teaching of the white belts in 1998 as a second dan and built up a class of about twenty white belts.
Sensai Filippo Mestichelli started a green and brown belt class in 2000 as a third dan out of the students that he had taught as white belts. He stopped teaching in 2006 due to work and family commitments and started training at Century City 2007. Joined Kokusai Karate Do Renmei SA in 2008.
Resident instructor at Cape Town CBD Dojo since February 2013.
Sensai Pierre Watts started Judo training at age 7 from 1988-1991 under Sensei Jan Olivier.
He began training karate with Kushido under Shihan John Price in 1996, and under Shihan Henk Blanckenberg in 1997. Sensai Pierre Watts was grand champion in brown belt division Kushido Festival 2000.
Awarded Shodan in 2001; Nidan in 2007 under Hanshi Denis St John-Thompson. Taught adult classes at Kushido Stellenbosch dojo 2002-2007. Sensai Pierre Watts trained San Ken Ichi Do (Iaido, Jodo & Kendo) from 1999-2000 under Sensei Peter Furness.
Attended Kobudo Gashuku with Kancho Rony Kluger in Cape Town, 2005. Attended Yamanni Ryu Kobudo Gashuku with Nishime Sensei in Mossel Bay, 2010.
Now training with KKDRSA under Shihan Gordon Foulis since 2008.
Sensai Etienne currently trains at the Kalk Bay and Rondebosch dojos.
Sensai Etienne started doing Tai Chi in 1994, and changed over to Kushido in 1995,and then continued training predominantly under Shihan Mike Chong, and Shihan Leonard Martinus. He graded to Shodan in 2002 and Nidan in 2006 under Hanshi Denis St John Thomson.
He then joined Kokusai Karate-do Renmei SA in 2007 and achieved Sandan in 2011 under Kancho Rony Kluger. He attended numerous special training courses, festivals and gashuku’s over the years, of which the 2003 International Gashuku in Stellenbosch, the 2005 Weapons Gashuku in Cape Town, the International Swiss Gashuku in Stansstad in 2006, and the Mossel Bay Gashuku in 2011, were his highlights.
Sensai Etienne sensei currently trains at the Kalk Bay and Rondebosch dojos.
In 1977, Brian was introduced to the martial arts during military service at the 2nd Field Engineer Regiment in Bethlehem by a kung fu student, Mark Daniel of Durban. He trained informally under Daniel (later to become Sifu Mark Daniel) in the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu.
In 1979, after returning from the army, Brian joined Karate-Do, Plumstead, and trained under Sensei (now Shihan) Len Resnekov for approximately 3.5 years. He subsequently married, and moved to the northern suburbs. While in the northern suburbs, Brian trained sporadically in smaller clubs & dojo’s until finally in 1997 he re-joined Kushido Karate-do where he progressed to attain 3rd dan, before joining Kokosai Karate-Do Renmei in .
In his martial arts journey, Sensei Brian has experienced various martial arts forms, including Goju Ryu based karate-do, aikido, krav maga, kobudo, close-quarter protection, Wing Tsun kung-fu and Tai’chi Chuan. He has also trained as a guest in various dojos around South Africa, as well as in London and Tel Aviv.
Sensei Brian is well known for the quality of his students. Their performance at gradings and martial arts festivals clearly shows the quality of teaching at Durbanville dojo, where Sensei Brian is partnered with the senior Sensei, Brian Jooste.
Lourens started training at Karate -do in March 1981, at age 17 while in matric, under Hanshi Denis St John Thomson and trained for a 9 month period. Within 4 months he was put in charge of the Saturday morning junior beginners group training. Military service interrupted his training. He recommenced his training in July 1998, after returning to Somerset West, and was promoted to shodan in December 2003 by Hanshi Denis St John Thomson.
While still a brown belt, he was involved as an assistant instructor with the junior class. Since promotion he continued assisting the junior class, and also assisted with the senior class. He attended the Swiss 20-year anniversary gashuku in Stans, Switzerland, where he came under the influence of his current mentor, Shihan Gordon Foulis. Lourens was awarded nidan in December 2007 by Hanshi Denis St John Thomson.
In December 2008 he followed Shihan Gordon Foulis and the others to join Kokusai Karate-Do Renmei. In September 2009 the Somerset West dojo was established. In February 2010 he attended the Mossel Bay gashuku held under the leadership of Kancho Rony Kluger, which incorporated the Yamann Ryu Kobudo Gashuku with Nishime Sensei. He also attended the February 2011 Mossel Bay gashuku, run by Kancho Rony Kluger.
Lourens is currently the dojo head at the Somerset West dojo, and still trains regularly under the guidance of his seniors.
Sensei Nick started his martial arts in 1999 with Shihan Robert Ferriere and reached shodan in the Shotokan style in 2004. He also spent some time studying Eskrima under Shihan Andrei Zietsman from 2002 – 2004 and then continued with Amok until 2005.
Nick then met with Sensei Mauro Periera and joined him in 2003 and enjoyed the versatility of the goju ryu system Kushido till 2008. In 2008 Sensei Mauro Perriera after careful consideration decided to join Kokusai Karate Do Renmei and follow some of his previous seniors under the Leadership and guidance of Kancho Rony Kluger.
Nick stayed with the organisation and has been an integral part of the teaching of students in the day to day running of the dojo. Nick has been full time for some years.
Sensei Nick received his Shodan in 2012 from Kancho Rony Kluger 8th Dan.
Sensai Vishalan started karate with JKA at the tender age of 4 years old, and spent three years in shotokan before joining Sensei Mario Pereira at Kushido. Over the years he has trained in Tai Chi and Hapkido with Guk-Jae Sabum Nim Vladimir Grachev (6th Dan) [Kazakhstan].
He also spent time in Tae kwon do, Greco Roman Wrestling and attended Close Quarter Protection Knife Seminars, and after attended a Spring Gashuku under Renshi Nico Bester (7th Dan) in 2010 and moved to Kokusai Karate Do Renmei under Sensei Mauro Pereira (4th Dan)
He then attended a Gashuku (Training Camp) under the head of the system Kancho Rony Kluger (8th Dan) in Mossel Bay & Cape Town 2011.
In 2012 I attended a special instructors course and training Gashuku under Kancho Rony Kluger (8th Dan) and Shihan Schmulik (6th Dan). He was awarded Shodan by Kancho Rony Kluger in 2012.
Sensai Vishalan teaches and trains in Morningside Dojo, teaches at Westville Dojo and has since opened a new branch of Kokusai Karate Do Renmei in Durban North. He attended a Gashuku in Johannesburg under Kancho Rony Kluger in 2013 and later that year he attended a Gashuku in Cape Town directed by our S.A. Head Instructors.
In 2014 he attended a Cape Town Gashuku and later attended and assisted in our local KZN Gashuku under Shihan Gordon Foulis (5th Dan) and Sensei Mauro Pereira (4th Dan).