Profile  Mark Wainman












18 & 19 APRIL 2016



    Tel: 082 332 8872   | Email:  | Jabula Recreation Centre, cnr Anne and Athlone Ave, Sandringham, North East Johannesburg




Mark was born October 30th, 1975. When starting primary school in 1982, his parents enrolled him for karate lessons at the original Orange Grove Dojo, which at that time, was run by Sensei Stan Schmidt, as well as Senseis Keith and Derrick Geyer.

It wasn’t until 1991, nine years into his karate career, that he would start reaping the rewards. It was this year that not only did he grade for his 1st dan black belt, but also won his 1st ever medal at the SA JKA Championships.

A year later, in 1992, Mark not only won the SA JKA Kata title in his division, but also became the Grand Champion at the WKF All Styles SA Championships, winning both Kata and Kumite.

In 1993, Mark matriculated from Sandringham High School, and went on to study a BA majoring in Law and Criminology. It was during his first year of university, that he was selected at a national trials to represent South Africa at the 6th World Shoto Cup in Philadelphia, and later that year to compete in the WKF World Championships in Malaysia.

In 1996, Mark got his first opportunity to travel to Japan as The 7th World Shoto Cup was being held in Osaka. Now at the age of 20, he would compete in this prestigious tournament, winning a bronze medal in the team kata event.

By the start of 1997, not only did he achieve his 3rd Dan (instructor level), Mark went on to win the Senior JKA open Kata division for the first time.. A title he would go on to win 4 times between 1997 and 2008.

In 1998 Mark was selected to compete in his 3rd World Shoto Cup, the venue was Paris.

In the year 2000, the World Shoto Cup was again to be held in Japan, except this time in Tokyo. The South African Unison Kata team put on a performance that stunned the karate world, and according to most, deserved to be world champions! Unfortunately though, they were narrowly beaten by the Japanese team, and Mark and his two team mates came home with the Silver medal. This feat was to be repeated in the 2006 World Shoto Cup in Sydney, Australia, with the South African team narrowly coming 2nd to Japan once again.

Towards the end of 2000, Mark was offered the opportunity to start teaching karate, and to take over the area, which to the karate world, was known as GROVE. Since JKA karate was brought to South Africa by Stan Schmidt in 1963, Grove area has always been synonymous with the best instructors, the best karate-ka, and producing many karate champions.

Looking back over the past 15 years, Sensei Mark’s achievements as a karate instructor are nothing less than incredible! His dojo not only produces champions every year, but his focus on developing his students in ways that will benefit them throughout their lives, specifically concentration, discipline, physical exercise and following a healthy way of life, have all lead to the success of his dojo.

Sensei Mark is currently a 6th Dan JKA karate instructor, and continues to be one of the countries most recognised and respected exponents of JKA Karate.

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