Shotokan-ZA Annual Awards 2018


SZA Annual Awards 2018

The 2018 Shotokan-ZA Annual Awards, for the 2017 achievements, took place on Saturday, 24 February 2018 at the SZA Honbu Dojo, Kyalami.

A word from our Chairperson, Sensei Elmarie van Zyl:

“Let me at the outset, welcome our Karateka here who are rewarded for their constant hard work and dedication during the course of 2017. It once again just goes to show that “you reap, what you sow”. Congratulations to all on the awards that you are about to receive.

To our parents, you are most welcome. We appreciate the trust that you place in us to teach your children. I should pause for a moment, and take the time to thank you, because you are an integral and important part of our organisation. Many parents have attended our competitions last year and I say this without hesitation, you are true ambassadors of Shotokan-ZA.

We are still a young organisation, but we have achieved much over the past 2 years. I am especially excited about the fact that we, in our 3rd year of existence, are able to take a team to Scotland to compete in the 7th WUKF World Championships. We wish the team the best of luck.

During the past 2 years, our organisation has shown a steady growth in membership. In the beginning of the year, Sensei Werner Schnetler and his students joined the organisation. Sensei Werner has many years of karate experience, both as a competitor and trainer. His students are well trained and they will contribute positively to our standard of karate. We hope that he and his students will have a fruitful association with SZA.

Finally, I would like to express my appreciation towards all the dojo heads and senior instructors for their loyal and dedicated support that they have afforded this organisation since its inception.”


Awards Highlights

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Awards: Junior Colours – Presented by Sensei Sampie van Zyl and Sempai Lisa Schnetler

  1. Daniel Nunes – SASKA National Gold Medallist in Free Style Kumite
  2. Saishka Pandaram – SASKA National Gold Medallist in Kata
  3. Caleb Stirling – SZA National Gold medallist in Basic Kumite
  4. Dheeya Patel – SZA National Gold Medallist in Kata, Basic Kumite and Unison Kata; SASKA National Gold Medallist in Free Style Kumite
  5. Zané Jansen van Vuuren – SZA National Gold Medallist in Basic Kumite
  6. Shannon Olivier – SZA Gold Medallist in Basic Kumite; Free Style Kumite and Unison Kata
  7. Abdullah Osman-Latib – SZA National Gold medallist in Unison Kata
  8. Demira Naran – SZA National Gold medallist in Basic Kumite and Unison Kata; UWKSA National Gold Medallist in Kata; SASKA National Gold Medallist in Free Style Kumite
  9. Kiara Naran – SZA National Gold medallist in Basic Kumite and Unison Kata
  10. Kritvi Mistri – SZA National Gold medallist in Kata
  11. Walner Strydom – SASKA National Gold Medallist in Kata
  12. Viksha Mistri – SZA National Gold medallist in Basic Kumite and Free Style Kumite
  13. Danielle Martin – SZA National Gold medallist in Unison Kata
  14. Stefan Schönborn – SZA National Gold medallist in Kata, Basic Kumite, Grand Champion Kata and Unison Kata; SASKA National Gold Medallist in Kata and Free Style Kumite
  15. Shanay Naran – UWKSA National Gold Medallist in Rotational Kumite
  16. Ricko van Zyl – SZA National Gold medallist in Kata
  17. Simoné Meyer – SZA National Gold medallist in Kata; SASKA National Gold Medallist in Kata
  18. Tanay Vallabh – SZA National Gold medallist in Basic Kumite
  19. Nianza Tshabalala – UWKFSA National Gold medallist in Basic Kumite
  20. Daniké de Beer – SZA National Gold Medallist in Kata, Basic Kumite, Unison Kata, Grand Champion Kata and Grand Champion Kumite; UWKSA National Gold Medallist in Free Style Kumite; SASKA National Gold Medallist in Kata
  21. Divan Kotzé – SZA National Gold medallist in Basic Kumite; SASKA National Gold Medallist in Kata
  22. Bryce Hornby – SZA National Gold medallist in Kata, Basic Kumite and Free Style Kumite
  23. Jonathan Beukes – SZA National Gold medallist in Kata
  24. Lia Carstens – SZA National Gold medallist in Unison Kata
  25. Zanel van der Westhuizen – UWKSA National Gold Medallist in Rotational Kumite
  26. Nico Prins – SZA National Gold medallist in Kata; Free Style Kumite, Unison Kata and Grand Champion Kata

Awards: Half Colours – Presented by Sensei Debbie du Plessis and Sensei JJ Maasberg

  1. Elmarie van Zyl – SZA National Gold medallist in Unison Kata
  2. Mari du Preez – SZA National Gold medallist in Unison Kata; UWKSA National Gold Medallist in Kata
  3. Marjolein Lewis – SZA National Gold medallist in Kata and Unison Kata
  4. Ryan Bateman – SZA National Gold medallist in Kata; SASKA National Gold Medallist in Rotational Kumite
  5. Sampie van Zyl – SZA National medallist in Free Style Kumite

Awards: Trophies for the Best individuals in the different age categories – Presented by Sensei George Modikwe and Sensei Debbie du Plessis

  1. Best Female u/13yrs – Daniké de Beer
  2. Best Male u/13yrs – Stefan Schönborn
  3. Best Female u/18 – Nianza Tshabalala
  4. Best Male u/18yrs – Bryce Hornby
  5. Best Male Seniors – Ryan Bateman
  6. Best Female Veterans – Mari du Preez
  7. Best Male Veterans – Sampie van Zyl
  8. Best Female Masters – Marjolein Lewis

Awards: Floating trophies for the best individuals in the EMERALD LEAGUE – presented by Sensei Marjolein Lewis and Sensei Mari du Preez

  1. Children Female – Chanae van Zyl
  2. Children Male – Kyle Sadie
  3. Cadet Male – Rudi de Jager
  4. Junior Female – Lia Carstens
  5. u/21 Male – James J Maasberg
  6. Veteran Male – Raj Pandaram

Awards: Floating trophies for the best individuals in the RUBY LEAGUE – presented by Sensei Lisel Steyn and Sensei Ryan Bateman

  1. Children Male – Shared by Sashen Naidoo and Michael Lyte-Mason
  2. Cadet Male – Thomas Parry
  3. Veteran Female – Magdalena Nunes
  4. Masters Male – Henk du Preez

Awards: Floating trophies for the best individuals in the SAPPHIRE LEAGUE – presented by Sensei Werner Schnetler and Sensei Kyle van Vught

  1. Children Female – Daniké de Beer
  2. Children Male – Stefan Schönborn
  3. Cadet Female – Nianza Tshabalala
  4. Cadet Male – Bryce Hornby
  5. Junior Male – Nico Prins
  6. Senior Male – Ryan Bateman
  7. Veteran Female – Mari du Preez
  8. Veteran Male – Sampie van Zyl
  9. Masters Female – Marjolein Lewis

Awards: Floating trophies for the best individuals in Kata and Kumite in the different age categories – Presented by Sensei Elmarie van Zyl and Sempai Natalie Stirling

  1. KATA u/13yrs – Daniké de Beer
  2. KUMITE u/13yrs – Daniké de Beer
  3. KATA u/18yrs – Nico Prins
  4. KUMITE u/18yrs – Bryce Hornby
  5. KATA Seniors – Ryan Bateman
  6. KUMITE Seniors – Ryan Bateman
  7. KATA Veterans – Mari du Preez
  8. KUMITE Veterans – Sampie van Zyl
  9. KATA Masters – Marjolein Lewis