Aim of Karate
“The ultimate aim of the art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.” (Gichin Funakoshi)
Established during August 2012 by Sensei Monya Palmer, a registered member of the South African Japan Karate Association (SA JKA) and of the Japan Karate Association World Federation (JKA WF). This been the longest established Karate Association worldwide.
Saiki Dojo is the only SA JKA Dojo on the Lower South Coast.
Sensei Monya Palmer has been a martial arts student since 2007 and a teacher since 2010 with a current status of a 3rd Degree (Sandan) Black Belt in Karate-Do.
Goals and Focus
The goals and focus is to:
- bring our traditional martial arts to the community
- empower the elderly, men, women and children and
- people with special needs
Students are also introduced to the competitive side of Karate by having them enter Provincial and National events. These events add to self-confidence, dedication and honour to become great sportsmen and women.
Students that perform well, have the opportunity to represent South Africa in International events such as the Gichin Funakoshi Shotocup, held in various locations globally and Japan.
We understand and realise the value of karate teaching and training, and that lessons learnt through the sport can be introduced into people’s everyday living.
Karate is a fantastic tool to introduce discipline, self-control, respect and diligence.
Therapeutic advantages and special needs
Children are often referred to us by therapists to assist in their recovery as well as recovering drug and alcohol rehabilitation patients.
Karate is one of few sports that have a special needs division for students with ‘all special needs’ to compete and participate in.
We have students with physical disabilities, as well those with special needs like Autism, that learn karate. Their progress and the emanating results have been amazing.
Five maxims are taught to karateka (student of martial arts)
- Seek perfection of character
- Be faithful
- Put maximum effort into everything you do
- Respect others
- Refrain from violent behaviour
Teaching students that you do not need to be armed to defend yourself, instead, you train the body, mind and spirit to become a weapon.
Success can be achieved from a young age
Sensei Monya Palmer’s daughter Micaela has been training in karate since the age of 5. She recently turned 17 and is a 1st degree (Shodan) Blackbelt.
Micaela was chosen for the SA JKA Team and competed at the Gichin Funakoshi Shotocup (World Cup) held in Ireland in August 2017 as well as the Africa Cup in September 2018.
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I am the mother of a student at Saiki Dojo – he is now 8 years old and been with Sensei Monya for 2 years.
We noticed our son’s developmental and social delays early in his life around 18 months old and had him diagnosed at the age of 3½.
We enrolled him with Sensei Monya when he was 6 years old.
At first we were really nervous and were not sure how he would cope with the social interaction that a student requires.
Karate has been a phenomenal therapy for our son, he has grown so much and has overcome so many obstacles and this is all thanks to karate and his Sensei.
When he first started he couldn’t speak well, lacked eye contact and hated any sort of physical contact and loud noises.
In the past 2 years, he has overcome all these difficulties. He has become a strong, confident young boy and an excellent karateka.
He has taken part in several competitions walking away with 2 gold medals in Kata and Kumite last year.
Karate has done so much for our son, he makes eye contact, speaks with confidence, interacts well with his peers and exudes confidence.
We will be forever grateful to SA JKA and to Sensei Monya.
I would highly recommend that Karate is the best sport to enroll your child into if he or she has any learning disabilities.
Karate does not discriminate against, age, gender, physical or mental disabilities, everyone is equal.
Karate is family.
I took up karate when my Autistic son started just to ease him into the class, help him cope and to be available should he have a meltdown.
I didn’t expect to have gone further than a short period but I am so happy it turned into a passion for me as well.
I have been with SA JKA and Sensei Monya for 2 years and I am currently a purple belt. I never thought a mom of two boys at my age I would even do a sport like karate.
Karate has taught me so many things, and I am proud to say in such a short period of time, it has helped me become the person I am today.
Karate has built my confidence, taught me the importance of honesty, healthy lifestyle, good morals and improved my self-discipline.
Karate has made a positive impact on my life and I look forward to continuing with karate in the hope of receiving my black belt.
I have found a strong family in Karate, and will always be indebted to SA JKA and Sensei Monya.