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 7th 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 4th Dan and is responsible for coordinating all JKA Shotokan karate activities for Mauritius thanks to the help of all benevolent members.
The Young Generation of the JKA Mauritius Family
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 and genders 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.
In summary, JKA Karate is a personal and self-improvement program that can help everybody reaching his or her maximum potential thus enhancing their Quality of 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.
Click on a District below to view the list of Dojos and Instructors
Our Chief Instructor, Shihan Koichiro Okuma 7th Dan, provides very high standards training to kids and adults of all gender and all ages, thus promoting Karate for ALL which is one of the basic principles of the Japan Karate Association.
During these international seminars, JKA Family members from Reunion, Madagascar, South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, England, France, India, China, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Belgium come to Mauritius to train with us with a big Friendship spirit !
On-going synergies with other JKA Countries really add values to the self-development of all karate practitioners: we share knowledge and knowhow !
The JKA World Cup
Every 3 years, JKA HQ in Tokyo lead this very successful competition which gathers more than 2,500 participants from Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and America.
As an active member of the JKA World Federation, JKA Mauritius Karate Team participate to all world cup tournaments.
The JKA Africa Cup
South Africa JKA organizes every 3 years in Johannesburg the JKA Africa Cup. This continental competition gathers teams from all African and Indian Ocean countries
During the last Africa Cup in 2018, Our Team won 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.
The International JKA Ambassador’s Cup
With the support of the Embassy of Japan in Mauritius, we organize every year, The International JKA Ambassador’s Cup, gathering countries from the Indian Ocean.
The JKA Mauritius Cup
Every year, all JKA dojos of Mauritius are reunited for the The JKA Mauritius Cup. Kids as from 5 years old up to Veteran (40+) can participate to both Kata and Kumite.
The Karate Federation of Mauritius
We also participate to competitions of the Karate Federation who is the official representative of the Word Karate Federation (WKF) locally. Several of our Elite Karateka are also Champions of Mauritius in both Kata and Kumite.
Aurelia Chung Champion of Mauritius Kata, Sebastien Chung Vice Champion Kata and Sasha Antoine Bronze Medal Kata in 2022
Teiva Samfat Champion Kumite in 2019
Fadil Goolamhossen – Bronze medal Kata 2018
Dashini Parianen Champion Kata and Paula Wong Bronze Medal Kata 2017
Teiva Samfat Champion Kata 2017
Martial Art Festival
Today, Asia is considered as the hub of the world for Traditional Martial Arts in contrast to the West who has preferred a martial sport approach.
In Japan and China, Traditional Martial Arts have fully integrated the culture and tradition during the past centuries with regular exchanges between neighboring countries.
In a pure spirit of budo passion sharing, every year JKA Mauritius organizes this festival by inviting 25 martial art organizations who have a direct lineage with their respective country of origin Head Quarters to demonstrate their knowledge and know-how to Mauritians.
In so doing, Martial Art Federations and Associations representing Okinawa Kobudo, Shorin Ryu Karate, Wushu, Health Qi Gong, Aikido, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Kenjutsu, Wing Chung, Ninjutsu, Kendo, Aikijutsu, Kung Fu and JKA Karate present their high-level martial art demonstrations to the public in Mauritius.
The main objective is to demonstrate that Traditional Martial Art can really help everyone in his/her everyday life.
The festival is a real success in Mauritius since more than 350 practitioners of all ages and all levels can demonstrate what they have learned with their respective instructors
Credit Photo Moka Rangers Sport Club
The Japan Karate Association of Mauritius is the very first and only Karate organization to have remitted officially a Meiyo Shodan to the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.
The Ambassador of Japan, Mr Shuichiro Kawaguchi highlighted that this Honorary Karate Black Belt is a symbol of our appreciation for the Prime Minister’s commitment to promote sports, including Karate in Mauritius.
We would like also to heartfully thank the media for covering all our activities helping us to promote our non-profit association.
We would like also to thanks all our sponsors for their valuable support in making all JKA activities a real success!
Last but not least many thanks to all individuals (they will recognize themselves) who helped us personally !
We provide FREE Karate initiation training at our Honbu Dojo (Head Quarters) in Moka on Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
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