Welcome to Rivonia Karate
Karate For The Whole Family
Rivonia Budo Karate Academy believes that a true karate-ka is a holistic being and aims to maximise the physical, cognitive, emotional value-system and life-skills of our member
The academy was founded in 2015 and is run by instructor Lars Niehaus (5th Dan). Our dojo is based in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Rivonia Recreation Club in Paulshof.
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Fitness fun and discipline all in one class. We teach confidence, concentration and responsibility.
“Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better.”
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THE ORIGIN OF KARATE
Gichin Funakoshi is known as the person who introduced Karate to Japan and to the World. He was born in 1868 in
Naha City , Okinawa. He was the son of a Samurai who started training in the Martial Arts as a young man to help overcome his frailness.
In 1930 , Funakoshi introduced the word ‘Kara’, meaning ‘Empty’ thereafter he added ‘do’ meaning ‘The hand’ and completed the name with ‘do’, meaning ‘Way’. Thus the name “Karate-do” was born, and means ‘ Empty Hand Way’.
Funakoshi was a school teacher, and poet who introduced Karate to the Okinawan Public School System. Thereafter the Japanese Ministry of Education held a Martial Arts demonstration in Tokyo , where Funakoshi was asked to introduce Karate to Japan. Funakoshi had made such a powerful impact that he never returned to Okinawa. He was asked to further demonstrate and teach this art.
Eventually Funakoshi had enough students in Japan to open his own Dojo, which was called “Shotokan” which was also Funakoshi’s pen name, which he used when signing poems.
His pen name “Shoto” literally means “pine waves”, and today is synonymous with the tiger symbol and the Shotokan Karate-do. The tiger which is commonly used symbol for Shotokan Karate is a Traditional Chinese sign which implies the ‘tiger never sleeps’; and symbolises it’s keen alertness of a wakeful tiger as well as the peaceful mind of which Gichin Funakoshi experienced when he was a young man walking in the solitude of Mount Torao, a narrow heavily wooded mountain which surrounded his home town of Shuri. The mountain which when viewed from a distance resembles a tiger’s tail and the name Torao in fact means ‘tiger’s tail’. Funakoshi also spoke of the cool breezes which blew amongst the pine and made the trees whisper like waves breaking on a shore which he gained inspiration from and of which he chose his pen name – ‘Shoto” – pine waves.
In 1955 Funakoshi established the Japanese Karate Association, which he served as Chairman until his death in 1957.
Masatoshi Nakayama, who was born in 1913 in Yamaguchi Prefecture, was one of Funakoshi’s greatest dedicated students, and helped him develop the Japanese Karate Association where he served as Chief Instructor from 1955 until his death in 1987.
Since then his students have continued his spirit and teachings in Shotokan Karate. Today there are four main types of Karate in Japan ; Shotokan ; Goju – ryu ; Shito – ryu and Wado – ryu , each with their own styles and techniques.
Today karate is a universal sport which anyone can begin and practice, including the physically challenged individual, as it also aids character development.