Instructor Mike Nel
I started Jujitsu in 1981 under the fine tutelage of Tommy Thomson.
When I reached 3rd Dan he handed the Kilnerpark dojo over to me.
Today we call ourselves the Seigokan dojo which is situated in Colbyn.
I am currently 6th Dan and are still active on the mat.
Around 1960, competition Jujitsu was banned in this country due to the severity of injuries that occured.
It was a proud moment in the mid-1980's when the ban was lifted and I accompanied Tommy and a SA team to a tournament in Los Angeles where we did very well and Tommy was awarded tournament champion of the senior division.
Jujitsu developed as a method of combat. As we progressed into more peaceful times, the martial arts or combat methods were adapted to emphasize philosophical ways of life and into sport forms.
Although Jujitsu can be practiced as a sport, the emphasis in our dojo remains on practical combat methods.
A maxim that stayed with me through life was introduced to me by Tommy when he compiled a student manual for us in the early days:
"A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action." - Samurai Maxim.
Instructor: Mike Nel
We practice mainly the Kawaishi method of JuJitsu developed by Mikinosuke KAWAISHI (Shihan).
Kawaishi is a variant of Tenjin Shinyo Ryu. Its characteristic features are evasive, rounded, indirect movements like Daito Ryu Aikijitsu. Emphasis are given to throws, wrist techniques and Atemi with skilful utilizing of the upper extremities.
Important factors are both Kyusho (sensitive points on the body) and Seifukujitsu (the art of healing).
We also practice Goshin-Jitsu (general self-defence) and Kobu-Jitsu (traditional weaponry).
Studying the art of JuJitsu is exciting, lots of fun, healthy, and improves one in many individual ways.
It develops eg. respect for others and yourself and provides a very effective form of self-defence.
Our dojo is called Seigokan, liberally translated "house of mastery over force", and we train in the Boyscout hall of the 5th Hillcrest/Colbyn troupe in Pretoria.
We are affiliated with the South African JuJitsu Federation which keeps ties with the European JuJitsu Union (EJJU) which is recognised by the International JuJitsu Federation (IJJF), which on its part being recognised by the United Nations Organization (UNO), UNESCO (International Council of Sport and Physical Education), and by the Japanese Martial Arts authority being the Nippon Seibukan Academy in Kyoto, Japan.
We and the above mentioned are Non-Profit entities with a mission to preserve and cultivate the arts.
Boyscout hall on Colbyn sport grounds off Kilnerton road, between Hatfield and Kilnerton, Pretoria