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Japan Karate Association

日本 空手 協会; Nihon Karate Kyokai is one of the oldest global Shotokan karate organisations in the world.

Founded in 1948, the Japan Karate Association (JKA) was highly appreciated for its social activities, and received approval from the Japanese Ministry of Education as a “General Incorporated Association” in 1957. From then until now, we have devoted our effort to inherit and develop this irreplaceable martial arts culture born in Japan. Consequently, on 21st March, 2012, we were approved as ” Public Interest Incorporated Association” by the Prime Minister.

The Japan Karate Association aims to promote improvement of its skills and self-discipline by research and instruction of Karatedo, thereby contributing to the improvement of the well-being of the people and cultivate a sound martial arts spirit. Moreover, it aims to contribute to world peace by spreading the spirit of Japanese martial arts which respects courtesy to countries all over the world.


Sensei Stan handed the reigns to our current Chief Instructor Johan La Grange Sensei, as approved by JKA/WF Japan.

Johan la Grange began karate with his father, Sensei Dries la Grange in 1978 at the age of 6. He received his Shodan (1st Dan) at the age of 12 and at the age of 16, began training at the Honbu Dojo under Sensei Keith Geyer.

Johan achieved Protea Colours from 1994 to 1998 and won the South Africa championships for 11 consecutive years. He placed 3rd in the World Shotocup in 2004 and 2nd in 2000 and in 2005 he won the Open Men’s Kumite in the WKC World Championships. Sensei Johan holds the rank of Rokudan (6th Dan) and is the Chief Instructor of SA JKA.