Karate-do is a discipline for both mind and body and benefits children and adults of all ages and body-types. Consistent practice strengthens the entire body while simultaneously encouraging the development of self-discipline and good character. In addition to being an effective and practical form of self-defense, karate is also an excellent form of exercise. It improves self-confidence, coordination, concentration and focus, and promotes a positive attitude and a healthy way of life. Furthermore karate has become increasingly popular as an activity which can be enjoyed by the entire family.
United Shotokan-Ryu (USR) is an independent Shotokan group formed in South Africa during 2018. The Union is run by a Working Committee overseen by Gary Grapentin (Chairperson). Additional senior members include Alta Venter and Kenny Tawse.
USR’s priority is to preserve the practice of Shotokan Karate in South Africa as a true form of Japanese Budo. In order to achieve this, world class Shotokan instructors are brought to South Africa to conduct seminars on an annual basis. Not holding an international style-affiliation enables USR greater freedom in accessing some of the world’s most talented and highly-regarded contemporary Shotokan Karate Masters. USR also embraces the opportunity to build friendships with karateka from other Shotokan groups and karate styles.
USR recognises the need for transformation, specifically within a South African context, and strives to support members from previously disadvantaged communities in their practice of Shotokan Karate. USR believes in equal opportunities for its members, irrespective of race, culture, religion or gender and prioritises investment in the next generation of karateka.
For beginners or karateka wishing to join USR please refer to our list of dojos. Instructors interested in affiliating their karateka and dojos to USR may contact Gary Grapentin via the contact form below for further information.