Karate is a martial art which was introduced in South Africa during 1950 by persons who developed an interest in this eastern culture through reading books and with information received from sailors who visited South African ports. During the early 1960's a few South Africans visited Japan and formally studied the art of karate. This international exposure was reciprocated with the visit by top Japanese karate instructors. These pioneers initiated the development and expansion of karate to what today has become the sixth biggest sport in the country with a membership which exceeds 200 000 with more than 1400 organised clubs throughout South Africa.
On 19 May 1992, the Karate Association of South Africa was formed, unifying karate as a sport amongst the various national karate bodies which existed. Today, through the initiatives of KASA, all the various styles of karate and provinces were unified under one body which controls karate in South Africa.
Karate South Africa was formed in June 2005 after the previous body (KASA) was disbanded by the then Minister of Sport. The new body came into being under the supervision of the South African Sports Council.
Karate South Africa (KSA) is the governing body for Karate in this country. In May of 2008, after three years of ups and down, the interim structure was formalised at a General Elections held under the supervision of SASCOC. Sadly that Executive was placed under administration due to “poor governance”, “nepotism” and “failing in upholding their fiduciary duties” amongst the many others charges.
In March of 2012, the current Executive under the Presidency of Mary-Ann Landers was voted in. The organisation has Mr Mubarak Mahomed overseeing its functioning as the Administrator.
The Executive present at the First NEC Meeting
Executive Members at July 2012
President: Mary-Ann Landers, Vice-President: Sonny Pillay,
Secretary: Rudi Bruwer, Treasurer: Dineo Dlulane,
Desmond Maarman, Adronica Rakgantso, Alida Wellmans, Yanga Dalasile,
Kruben Pillay (Gauteng), Freedom Masondo (Kwa Zulu Natal), Vusumuzi Mzwakali (Mpumalanga), Hoosain Narker (Western Cape),