Karate is an intense martial art that requires mental fitness and immense stamina. Reaching black belt is no child’s play and so is opening your own dojo, after being awarded a Karate license to train students anywhere in the world. This is the case with Sensei Koos Mzizi who was awarded this prestigious license at a recent tournament in Turffontein.
Having earned his first license in 2009 at a tournament in Malaysia, he was awarded another one ten years later in 2019. These licenses are earned by martial arts practitioners who have been active in the sport for many years. Permission to conduct their own martial arts classes and ultimately open a dojo is bestowed upon them with this license.
“I earned my first black belt in 1999 while training under the Japanese Karate Association of South Africa (JKA). After moving to Johannesburg I started training under Kofukan South Africa where I would subsequently be selected as a member of the South African Karate team”, says Mzizi.
Having practiced various styles including Taekwondo and traditional Japanese Karate, Sensei Mzizi is a certified second-degree black belt who still participates in tournaments.
“Being a member of the national Karate team I’ve attended tournaments in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and twice in Japan. We normally have a Karate World Cup every four years and the next one will be in Denmark next year. If I have no injuries I’ll gladly attend”, he explains.
When asked if he’ll ever retire from the sport Mzizi replies with a smile and states that he would never give up something that is so beneficial to his health and well-being. Apart from his day job he normally conducts a weekly Karate class at a local gym in South Hills.