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Bernard Buys


  • Chief Instructor (IJKA South Africa)


  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Japanese (basic)


  • Karate: 5th Dan (Japanese graded)
  • International Instructor (Class B)
  • International Examiner (Class C)
  • International Judge (Class B)
  • Academic: B.A. (Law), LL.B (cum laude)
  • Winner of over 120 medals and trophies, including gold, silver and bronze for South Africa.
  • SA JKA Karate National Championships, multiple junior and senior Grand Champion (kata and kumite).
  • SA All Styles National Championships (WKF), multiple champion (kata and kumite).

Karate history

Black belt (Dan grading)

  • 1st Dan (examiner – Stan Schmidt Sensei 8th Dan, JKA), Johannesburg, South Africa (1991)
  • 2nd Dan (examiner – Stan Schmidt Sensei 8th Dan, JKA), Johannesburg, South Africa (1994)
  • 3rd Dan (examiner – Stan Schmidt Sensei 8th Dan, JKA), Johannesburg, South Africa (1999)
  • 4th Dan (examiner – Stan Schmidt Sensei 8th Dan, JKA), Rustenburg, South Africa (2009)
  • 5th Dan (examiner – Ueki Masaaki Shihan 10th Dan, JKA), Tokyo, Japan (2014)
  • Started training under Stan Schmidt Sensei (8th Dan, JKA) and Ed Dorey Sensei (6th Dan, JKA) 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.
  • Invited to Germany gasshuku (training camp) by JKA Germany (DJKB) (2018, 2019).
  • Invited to teach at Turkey gasshuku (training camp) by JKA Turkey (2018, 2019).

Karate training

Karate teaching

  • Teaching Karate full-time, up to 40 hours a week in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa at Dainfern Golf Estate, Blair Atholl Golf Estate and Copperleaf Golf Estate, to approximately 200 students (ages 4 years up to 2nd Dan) on a weekly basis. The dojos regularly produce a number of South African champions and black belts. One of the dojos’ recent successes was to produce a 10-year-old student representing South Africa at the JKA Junior Karate World Championships held in Limerick, Ireland (2017).
  • Team Coach for the South African JKA Karate National Team (2014, 2017, 2019).
  • Appointed as Chief Instructor of IJKA SA (2021).
  • Head Coach for the IJKA South African National Team (2021).