Karin Prinsloo – Karate Blog

6th Dan Japanese Karate Association – A Instructor B Examiner B Judge – Australia Karate Federation Accredited Coach – AKF State Level Referee

Stirling Karate – Karrinyup Perth.

Stirling Karate

Karin Prinsloo 6th Dan JKA and Graz Prinsloo 3rd Dan JKA.

Stirling Karate – Japanese Karate Association  – SKC.

The dojo is based at the Stirling Community Center  – 2 Nerita Way in Karrinyup, Perth. The club offers karate for:

Stirling Karate offers karate classes for:

  • 3 – 5 year old dinkys,
  • 7 – 12 year old children,
  • Teenage and adult beginners

The senior classed and club is headed by Sensei Karin Prinsloo and the junior and beginner classes by Sensei Graz Prinsloo.

Karate literally means the way of the empty hand referring to the fact that its practitioners use no weapons to attack and defend but only the hands, feet and body.

Stirling karate has had national representation at JKA international events and Sensei Karin has had great success in teaching top karate students over the last twenty years. At Stirling Karate, she mentors and teaches senior karate-ka, to help them achieve their individual goals

Sensei Graz is a third dan instructor with over twelve years teaching experience. She represented South Africa in Karate as well as a field hockey goalkeeper and participated the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, for field hockey.

Stirling Karate follows the JKA Karate creed of aiming to build Character, for students and instructors to be Sincere, always give their best Effort, behave respectfully with Etiquette and aim to practice Self Control.

The dojo affiliates to JKA SKC with highly respected 7th dan Sensei Keith Geyer as head of the organization. His team of senior instructors pave the way for continued growth and development within the JKASKC Australasia. Annual seminars are something all students look forward to as well as the opportunity to train with top JKA instructors.

Karate Classes Karrinyup

3 -5 year old classes are offered in a less formal environment. The club foster a love for karate with a focus on gross motor skill development and the introduction of anti-bullying strategies and techniques.

6 – 12 year old classes are when children enter formal karate training and will be able to attend gradings/tournaments, in order to achieve their black belts and beyond. Students thrive within the JKA karate’s structured learning environment, enabling them to achieve their goas, not only in karate, but life in general. There is a rooted focus on teaching not only physical and mental strength, but developing good character that will benefit them in their daily lives.

13+ years and adult beginner classes are also offered, there is no age cap on anyone wishing to practice karate.

Why older children and adults start karate and continue?

  • Karate keeps you focused on your exercise goals by setting small achievable milestones (grading to the next belt level)
  • It keeps you accountable by training in a small group with your instructor (Sensei)
  • Karate improves strength, flexibility and fitness, at any level
  • Learning a traditional martial art, such as JKA Shotokan Karate, will stimulate your mind
  • O yes, you will definitely learn to defend yourself!

There are so many benefits that karate offers. It can be equated to the school of life.

Come and try a free lesson.

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Tekki Shodan – Kata & Bunkai – Shotokan Kata – Karin Prinsloo

Tekki Shodan – Kata & Bunkai – Shotokan Kata – Karin Prinsloo

Karrinyup Karate – Stirling Karate

Tekki Shodan is the first kata of Tekki series (shodan, nidan and sandan). The kata name literally means “Iron Horse Riding”. Interesting fact is that some researchers believe Tekki Shodan, Nidan and Sandan, was one kata, later split into 3 parts. Whilst the kata is linear, moving side to side, the techniques can be applied against attackers at any angle. The side to side movements in a low stance build up the necessary balance and strength for fast footwork and body shifting. #sajka #kznjka #jkakzn #stirlingkarate #karinprinsloo #lovekarate #tekkishodan 


Tekki Shodan

Heian Godan – Important Points and Bunkai by Karin Prinsloo

Heian Godan – Important Points and Bunkai by Karin Prinsloo

Heian Godan – Important Points and Bunkai

Karrinyup Karate Club – 2 Nerita Way – Stirling Karate


Heian Godan is the 5th and last kata in the Heian series and has 23 counts. It is perhaps the most athletic of the Heian series and visually very exciting. This kata employs movements, techniques and concepts that challenge the skills of the karateka.
The contrast between fast and slow is stressed in Heian Godan and the karateka is put to the test by performing the movements, including a jump, with speed and balance.

SAJKA Championships 2016 Kumite

SAJKA Championships 2016 Kumite

SAJKA Championships 2016 Kumite

Here are the biggest hits from 2016 SA JKA National Championships. This is always a well-organized prestigious event with around 3 000 entries taking place at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg. Young, old, junior and senior compete with great spirit.

The Essence of SA JKA Shotokan Karate

JKA Shotokan is symbolised by two circles: a large circle representing the sky against which is a smaller red circle, representing the sun, is superimposed.


Like the two interacting circles which represent JKA Shotokan Karate, JKA Shotokan Karate has developed and continued to grow into two crucial factors, namely:

Sound Mind
Good Technique
As Nakayama Sensei (Instructor) once told the writer when he asked him why the Five Maxims of Karate are important, he answered:

Self-defence is not only a physical thing. Sound mental strategies and attitudes are of far greater importance when it comes to protecing once’s self, one’s family and one’s nation. For example it is hard to hit somebody who offers you genuine respect (the 4th maximums)




Heian Yondan – Important Points and Bunkai by Karin Prinsloo

Heian Yondan – Important Points and Bunkai by Karin Prinsloo

Heian Yondan

Karate Karrinyup – 2 Nerita Way – Stirling Karate


The fourth level Heian has 27 counts and has many similarities to Heian Nidan. The kata’s primary stance is kokutsu-dachi (back stance), but students first learning this kata must also contend with the new kosa-dachi, a cross stance that is quite awkward for most karateka. H4 introduces the student to many new techniques such as kosa-uke, shuto-uchi, kakiwake-uke, mae-empi, and hiza-tsuchi. To perform Heian Yondan also has more kicks (5) than the other Heian kata. Slow moves must also be mastered in this kata. Much of Heian Yondan involves double-hand techniques, with morote-uke (double-hand block) occurring more than any other technique. Obviously, morote-uke was held in high regard during this kata’s creation. #jka #sajka #pinetownjka #kznjka #karinprinsloo #kata #bunkai #shotokan#stacyurger #greenbelt #karate
References: Stacy Unger

Children Karate Warm Ups – Karrinyup Karate – Stirling Karate

Children Karate Warm Ups – Karrinyup Karate – Stirling Karate

Karrinyup Karate – 2 Nerita Way – Stirling Karate

Karate warmup  for children aiding in development.


To be able to teach young children karate, the instructors will need to understand something about child development and structure the classes in such a way as to accommodate, compliment and reinforce this.

A good warm up can be used to address a lot of these important aspects.

The following needs to be taken into consideration:

Physical Development Karin Prinsloo Karate Teaching Student 7

Design warm ups for children not only for preparing the body for karate, but to improve skills such as coordination, agility, speed, power, core strength and flexibility.

Intellectual DevelopmentKarin Prinsloo Karate Teaching Student 8

The young child’s mind is like sponge when it comes to soaking up information. They love learning new things. Remembering sequences, patterns and following instructions stimulates intellectual development. E.g. Performing the ladder drills while the line is moving fast, enhances focus and concentration.

Emotional Development Karin Prinsloo Karate Teaching Student 5

Young children relates better to “feel” rather than “reason”.  Exercises must “feel” like fun to do. They still will be developing their understanding of feelings. This is a vitally important skill which will aid them in eventually becoming well-balanced adults. Instructors should show constant support and offer plenty of reassurance to the children, helping them to develop their confidence and sense of self.

Karin Prinsloo Karate Teaching Student 6

Social Development

Any form of group learning or exercise is a “social experience”, wherein the young child will not only be learning the subject being taught, but also certain aspects of interpersonal skills and teamwork. This is where they learn about responsibility, discipline and good manners. To ”wait their turn” and use “please” and “thank you” (and “Oss”) etc. They will also learn about the appreciation of law and order.

In conclusion: Young children has energy, a short attention span, learn quickly and love games. This means train in a safe environment, short (30/45min), focus on “doing”, plenty variety and must be fun. Design and pre-plan your warm-ups around these aspects and great results will show..


Prof. J R Lee-Barron PhD FIMAS

President, Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences

Dean, Faculty of Martial Arts



KZN JKA Karate Tournament Highlights

KZN JKA Karate Tournament Highlights

KZN JKA Karate Tournament Highlights 

Have a look at this highlights video from the KZN JKA championships is held annually as a combined club championships in KZN – Durban South Africa. The Tournament is a fantastic showcase of KZN’s karate students both big and small. It is a safe and exciting environment where many karate students get exposed to karate competition for the first time.  ‪#‎jka‬ ‪#‎sajka‬ ‪#‎pinetownjka‬ ‪#‎karinprinsloo‬ ‪#‎karate‬ ‪#‎kata‬‪#‎kumite‬

Karin Prinsloo – Dynamic Karate Training – Jumping Drills

Karin Prinsloo – Dynamic Karate Training – Jumping Drills

Karin Prinsloo – Dynamic Karate Training – Jumping Drills

In this video I give various different power jumping drills that is effective for karate and can easily be done in the dojo.

Plyometrics involve power jumping, repetitive bounding and quick force production. When your muscles eccentrically contract, or shorten, then immediately stretch and lengthen, they produce maximal power ideal for karate situations. It is a fast movement that happens over a short period. Plyometrics are ideal for karate-ka or people looking to improve muscular power, speed and strength. They also help facilitate weight loss and help tone and define your muscles.

Plyometrics were originally designed for power athletes. According to Brian Mac, professional sports coach, your muscles achieve maximum power during eccentric contractions, or muscle lengthening. When you immediately follow an eccentric contraction with a concentric — or muscle-shortening — contraction, your muscle produces a greater force. This is called the stretch-shortening cycle. Plyometric training decreases the time between your eccentric and concentric contractions and improves your muscular speed and power. ‪#‎karinprinsloo‬ ‪#‎karate‬ ‪#‎SAJKA‬ ‪#‎karatetraining‬

Karin Prinsloo – Dynamic Karate Training – Arm Drills

Karin Prinsloo – Dynamic Karate Training – Arm Drills

Karin Prinsloo – Dynamic Karate Training – Arm Drills

Plyometrics, also known as “jump training” or “plyos”, are exercises in which muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time, with the goal of increasing power (speed-strength).
Karate requires explosive speed and power, and need simulated, application of plyometric training exercises to match. Here are some plyometric exercises which you can use by yourself, or in the dojo. Remember to try simulate the trajectory of karate technique. This is highly effective and simple to do.

Karin Prinsloo – Shotokan Kata Trailer

Karin Prinsloo – Shotokan Kata Trailer

Karin Prinsloo –  Shotokan Kata


Here is the trailer to my step by step kata demonstrations. I illustrate some of the important points and bunkai in the following katas : Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan, Tekki Nidan, Tekki Sandan, Jion and Empi. ‪#‎karinprinsloo‬ ‪#‎heianshodan‬ ‪#‎heiannidan‬ ‪#‎heiansandan‬ ‪#‎heianyondan‬‪#‎heiangodan‬ ‪#‎tekkishodan‬ ‪#‎tekkienidan‬ ‪#‎tekkisandan‬ ‪#‎jion‬ ‪#‎empi‬ ‪#‎JKA‬‪#‎shotokan‬ ‪#‎SAJKA‬