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Sensei John Shaw

The story of Samurai Karate Hout Bay Dojo

Samurai Karate Hout Bay Dojo opened in July 2011. Understanding the positive impact sport has had in my life and how it has globally brought people of all races, ages and genders together, I saw an opportunity to share my love and passion for a disciplined and highly respected style of karate with others. I am extremely proud to have been associated with Samurai Karate since November 1979 and will be celebrating my 40th year with Samurai Karate soon. I was also fortunate enough to train with the founder of our style – Soke Shigeru Kimura 10th Dan. Since his passing in 1995, our four most senior karate instructors Shihans Chris Thompson (S.A. South), Lionel Marinus (S.A. North), Bill Bressaw (U.S.A.) and Eddie Daniels (U.K.) have led the world group, to ensure the continuation of the Kimura Shukokai legacy. 

Kimura Shukokai International is represented in 26 countries worldwide and our Western Cape team (S.A. South) are the current world champions and have retained this title since 2012. We have already started preparing members for our next world championships, which will be hosted in Stockholm, Sweden in July next year. This is an indication of the potential talent we are developing for international exposure. 

We are extremely fortunate to have one of our four joint world chief instructors of Kimura Shukokai International, Shihan Chris Thompson, 9th Dan based in Franschhoek, Cape Town. Our success would not have been achieved without his expert guidance and leadership. He has been my teacher since 1980 and I have the utmost respect for his commitment, expertise and passion for our worldwide organisation.

As a full time karate practitioner, I still compete internationally for South Africa and make every effort to train with senior karate members from around the world whenever possible. This has deepened my respect for the massive organisation to which I belong and has allowed me to keep abreast of all training standards internationally.  

Since Samurai Karate Hout Bay dojo’s opening in 2011 we have had six adult members achieve black belt status and two of these have represented South Africa. I am extremely proud of this accomplishment.

Should you wish to experience our dynamic training environment, please do not hesitate to join us for a free trial karate lesson. We cater for ages from four and up. Please follow posts on our website, www.karatehoutbay.co.za and find us on Facebook, @samuraihoutbay. We strive to keep all interested people informed of our activities and achievements.

With warmest regards 

 Sensei John Shaw, 5th Dan