Sensei Funakoshi is the father of Modern Karate. As a retired schoolteacher he has foundered the Shotokan Karate style and the Japan Karate Association (JKA) by putting much emphasis on the pedagogy. He was born on Nov 10, 1868 in Okinawa and was of Samurai lineage.
Gichin Funakoshi and Nakayama Sensei established officially the JKA organization in 1948 with the main objective to train true Karate Masters who will in turn teach Karate as a “Way of Life”. The JKA is the original, oldest and largest Shotokan Karate organization in the world
The JKA is the only legal entity officially approved by the Japanese Government as an association of members of public interest for the promotion of Karate.
Today, the JKA World Federation (JKA/WF) is the largest and most prestigious Shotokan Karate organization in the world (present in more than 122 countries) and is presently headed by Shuseki Shihan Masaaki Ueki Sensei 9th Dan.
The JKA Mauritius is registered (no 15316) under the provision of the Association Act) and is officially a branch of JKA/WF (Ref: MUS-1). We encompass more than 20 Training Centers and 35 instructors covering all regions of Mauritius whilst following strictly the syllabus, program, rules and regulations of JKA in Tokyo.
Our mission is to teach and promote the traditional Bushido (Code of Samurai) Shotokan Karate with the help of accredited and renowned international experts graduated from the JKA/WF in Tokyo.
Shihan Koichiro Okuma
The Chief Instructor of JKA Mauritius is Shihan Koichiro Okuma 6th Dan who is also the Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Division of JKA/WF. Shihan Okuma is a very well known and recognized International Instructor.
As such, the Shotokan Karate legacy and lineage of JKA Mauritius is very pure and take its source at the origin since Sensei Funakoshi was the instructor of Nakayama who in turn was the instructor of both Naka Sensei and Okuma Sensei.
Dr. Didier Samfat
The Chairman of JKA Mauritius is Dr. Didier Samfat 3rd Dan and is responsible for coordinating all JKA Shotokan karate activities for Mauritius thanks to the help of all benevolent members.
Executive Committee : JKA Mauritius
The Executive Committee of JKA Mauritius is composed of: Koichiro Okuma (Chief Instructor), and from left to right Sunil Drepaul (Vice-President), Yan Samy (Secretary), Dr. Didier Samfat (Chairman), Johan Lagrange (Adviser), Vince Van der Verter (Member), Barlen Marday (Vice-President) and Abide Mandary (Member).
Most of our local Instructors are graduated from Japan and have an International JKA Shotokan Instructor Diploma.
Our Teaching Philosophy
The primary objective of our Karate Teaching is to develop the mind and spirit of all students from beginners to black belts of all ages whilst putting the emphasis on the JKA core values, which is our Dojo Kun:
Seek perfection of character
Put maximum effort into everything you do
The experts in Japan have scientifically analyzed and isolated each individual movement, position and kinetic to develop an unrivalled spectrum of basic techniques.
In so doing, the JKA/WF in Tokyo has defined the perfectSyllabus and Program for both color and black belts of all ages to allow the body and the mind to act effortlessly and naturally thanks to constant and regular repetition of training.
As such all Instructors of JKA Mauritius, in every training session, follow the JKA Syllabus whilst having constantly the Dojo Kun in mind.
Karate for Kids
Our Karate teaching for kids is not only fun but also articulated around 3 dimensions:
Mental Development Chiiku
To build concentration, focus, clear thinking and decisiveness.
Moral Development Tokuiku
To improve patience, discipline, perseverance, confidence, self-control, calmness and peace mind.
Physical Development Taiiku
To strengthen the body, heart, muscle and bones to increase resistance to sickness and injury.
In other words, our methodology is geared to help our kids at school and adults at work for developing their concentration, stamina and resiliency during pressure or intense brain or physical activities.
Regular training will provide excellent health condition to Karate practitioners in their day-to-day life.
The Karate Experts of the JKA in Tokyo are continuously improving the teachings and pedagogy by focusing heavily on the inseparable JKA trinity i.e. Kihon (basic techniques), Kata (form) and Kumite (sparring) to develop a rich range of powerful and dynamic techniques.
Teaches how to move and ensures that our technique is flawless.
Teaches how to concentrate, and apply techniques for maximum power.
Teaches both at once and opens the way to unify mind and body, which is the soul of Karate.
These techniques applied to self-defense are extremely effective and powerful.
Today, JKA Mauritius has training centers and Dojos spread over the following districts of Mauritius Island.
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