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Bakkies Laubscher 50th Anneversary Commemorative Gasshuku

Bakkies 50' Gasshuku

Commemorative international gasshuku

September 2013 marks the 50 years milestone of non-stop Karate Do practice for our Chief Instructor, Sensei Bakkies Laubscher.

To commemorate this milestone, an International Gasshuku with his teacher and mentor for 47 of those years, Sensei Morio Higaonna, will be held in his hometown of Stellenbosch on 1, 2 and 3 May 2014 and will be known as the 'Bakkies 50' event! The Gasshuku will include separate training sessions for members of all grades including juniors of all ages, similar to the 2010 'Ubuntu' event.

This will be an opportunity for all our members to experience the best tuition in Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate by the top teachers currently in the world at their own doorstep! For a similar experience, members would need to travel internationally at great expense, so make sure you do not mis this opportunity.

Sensei Bakkies started of in the Kyokushin style end of 1963, then changed to Shotokan (JKA) middle 1964 in which he became a Black Belt in 1965 and, at the time, possibly the youngest senior Black Belt worldwide in JKA. To put this in perspective, in the same year, he won the Cape Province Grand Champion (best in Kata and Fighting) title in the open senior division - there were no weight categories either then.

At the end of 1966 he changed to Goju Ryu when it was introduced in the country and has been following his teacher and mentor, Higaonna Morio Sensei ever since, currently Higaonna Sensei's most senior student worldwide!

He considers himself blessed in the sense that he always had exceptional teachers throughout his career in all three disciplines, with of course the ultimate being Sensei Higaonna Morio his personal mentor and teacher for the past 47 years! His philosophy remains that it is not the style of Karate, but the Teacher that will ensure progress.

He considers friendships amongst sincere Karate Ka as a blessing. No matter what style or school, good Karate Ka always respects each other and he gets really irritated when someones makes derogatory remarks on other styles, students or instructors!

Sensei Bakkies represented South Africa All Styles team in two World Championships - in 1972 in Paris, France, he advanced to the quarter finals, in the individual fighting division (no kata then at championships) - again, no weight or age categories, just one open division. In 1975, in Long Beach, USA, the South African team lost narrowly to England, who won the title.

After his sporting career, he decided that Karate was a Martial Art and that the way sport karate was headed, together with commercial exploitation, would lead to the watering down of lethal fighting skills, intrinsic values and personal development. Traditional Karate was the only true pursuit to preserve the essence of the Art!

For the sake of short term objectives for juniors and young people, he devised the current tournament system used by SAGA to preserve interest and motivation in younger members until such time as a student reaches 'Karate maturity' and realizes the real nature of the Art lies in one's own ability and growth as a person and not in achievements. 'Not what you have achieved, but what you have become!'

September 2013 marks the 50 years milestone of non-stop Karate Do practice for our Chief Instructor, Sensei Bakkies Laubscher.

Full details of the Bakkies 50 event will soon be available on Facebook where you can join the Bakkies 50 page, as well as on this website

Bakkies 50'

Provisional Schedule

Black Belts
All Dans
Blue - Brown Belt
Kyu = 1-4 senior; 1-8 junior
Yellow - Green Belt
Kyu = 6-10 senior; 12-20 junior
Juniors Under 15
All Grades Only 1 & 2 May
Wed, Thu, Fri
30 April
1 May
2 May
3 May
09h00 - 10h00 3rd Dan+ 4th Dan+ 5th Dan+ 09h00 - 10h00
10h00 - 10h30 Break 10h00 - 10h30
10h30 - 11h30 Groups A,B, & C
All Together
Groups A,B,C.
Group Sessions
Groups A,B,C.
Group Sessions
10h30 - 13h00
12h00 - 14h00 Groups A,B,C.
Group Sessions
Break 13h00 - 13h30
Groups A,B & C
All Together
13h30 - 14h00
14h30 - 14h30 Registration
Honbu Dojo
14h30 - 16h00 Group D
Juniors U15
Group D
Juniors U15
Dan Grading
19h00 - 21h30 Welcome Party Sayonara Party 19h00 - 23h00

Registration and Events

Itemised Pricing

Gasshuku Registration
Grade Group Early Bird
Price at the
Black Belts 5th Dan+ R3,000.00 R3,500.00 R3,750.00
4th Dan R2,500.00 R3,000.00 R3,250.00
3rd Dan R2,000.00 R2,500.00 R2,750.00
1, 2nd Dan R1,500.00 R2,000.00 R2,250.00
Kyu Grades
(Born 1999 and before)
Blue & Brown Belts
Seniors: 4th-1st Kyu
Juniors (Born 1999 and before):
8th-1st Kyu
R1,500.00 R2,000.00 R2,250.00
Yellow - Green Belts
Seniors: 10th-5st Kyu
Juniors (Born 1999 and before):
20th-9st Kyu
R1,500.00 R2,000.00 R2,250.00
(Born in 2000 and later)
Blue & Brown Belts
8th-1st Kyu
R800.00 R1,050.00 R1,200.00
Yellow - Green Belts
20th-9th Kyu
R800.00 R1,050.00 R1,200.00
Gasshuku Events
Welcome Party (Per person) Per ticket price R250.00
Sayonara Party (Per Person) Per ticket price R425.00
Gasshuku Items
T-shirt Gasshuku commemorative t-shirt R150.00

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