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Bernard Buys

Occupation:

  • Chief Instructor (IJKA South Africa)

Languages:

  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Japanese (basic)

Qualifications:

  • Karate: 6th Dan (Japanese graded)
  • International Instructor   (Class A)
  • International Examiner   (Class A)
  • International Judge                (Class A)
  • Academic: B.A. (Law), LL.B (cum laude)

Black belt (Dan grading)

1st Dan (1991)

2nd Dan (1994)

3rd Dan (1999)

4th Dan (2009)

5th Dan (2014)

6th Dan (2022)

  • Started training under Ed Dorey sensei and Stan Schmidt sensei from age 4 (1978)
  • Honbu Dojo (JKA HQ), Japan (2000-2019), instruction under the following sensei: Ueki, Ochi, Tanaka, Osaka, Oishi, Mori, Imura, Kurasako, Ogura, Imamura, Shiina, Izumiya, Hanzaki, Naka, Taniyama, Takahashi and Okuma
  • Germany gasshuku (training camp) JKA Germany (DJKB) (2018, 2019)
  • Turkey gasshuku (training camp) JKA Turkey (2018, 2019)
  • Honbu Dojo (IJKA Japan HQ) instruction under Utsumi sensei (2022)
  • IJKA International Seminar, IJKA World Championships Ohrid, North Macedonia (2022)

Karate training

Karate teaching

  • Teaching karate full-time in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa at Dainfern Golf Estate, Blair Atholl Golf Estate and Copperleaf Golf Estate, to approximately 300 students (white up to black belt) on a weekly basis
  • The abovementioned training centres (dojo) regularly produce a number of South African champions and black belts
  • Team Coach for the South African JKA National Team (2014-2019)
  • Appointed as Chief Instructor of IJKA SA (2021) and IJKA Country Representative (2021)
  • Conducting seminars, teaching and grading (special Dan grading rights up to 3rd Dan) for IJKA in South Africa countrywide as IJKA SA Chief Instructor
  • Head Coach for IJKA South Africa National Team (2021,2022)