19th Anniversary

This dojo formally opened its doors on September 2, 1980. Much has transpired since that time, some of which included 5 moves into different premises excluding a three month period when we were left without a training place. The hardy souls of that period then continued training on a nearby sportsfield. In 1989, we moved into our present location and since then we have stabilised.

Of significant note is the move from Kyokushin Karate to Ashihara Karate in December 1994. In December of 1993, the dojo became the Honbu for the Ashihara Karate International Organisation.

On September 2, the Honbu celebrated its 19th Anniversary. Greetings of well wishes came from all over the world. Below is of those messages!

Within the next few months, the Honbu will be moving into slightly larger premises. We still hope to someday, have our very own Honbu dojo. Time will tell! - "Anything that you dream, by the nature that you dream, makes it possible."

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Sunit Kumar Gupta USA Ashihara Karate karate.learn@usa.net Sunday, August 01, 1999 12:12 AM
Dear Kaicho Narker and my fellow Ashihara Karatekas,


I also congratulate you all for the 19th Birthday of the Honbu.  Remember: "The Journey of Miles begins with one single step"

Shihan Narker I wish to offer a Sher (Couplet) unto you:
"Mein To Akayla Hi Chala Tha,  Humsafar Milte Gaye, Karvan Banta Gaya"

Translation: I started my journey alone, Colleagues started joining and the Caravan started developing.

With the spirit of Osu, I remain in Ashihara Karate .

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Egbert Moustache  Seychelles Ashihara Karate fcshdc@seychelles.net Thursday, August 19, 1999 4:47 PM
Congratulations Shihan Narker for the success of Ashihara Karate International. In 1980 when you started the dojo you certainly had far reaching vision and ambitions. Your efforts have been incredible and I (and I also speak for my students in Seychelles) greatly respect and admire you for your perseverance albeit the sometime jealousy amongst ourselves martial artists.

It has seen the worst of times in the History of S.Africa and survived all changes.  The last 19 years your dojo has been visited by many famous martial artists who are legends in their own rights. Many students have come and left, but you have still remained. The dojo is now widely known not only within SA, but outside of mainland Africa all around the globe since it has become the hombu of Ashihara Karate International.

As we enter the new millennium, may Ashihara Karate International and its Hombu in Retreat, be the interest of more and more people.

Shihan, on behalf on Ashihara Karate Sey. may I wish the dojo and yourself success in the future. We are indeed thrilled to be associated with your organization.

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Wendi Dragonfire Netherlands Shuri Ryu wdshuri@molyvos.net Thu, 02 Sep 1999 13:12:04 +0200
Dear Hoosain,

Happy birthday to you and your entire Dojo. I celebrated 25 years of owning and operating a Dojo this year...it's a trip :-)...but this particular Dojo here in NL is only 14.

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Saleem Dawood South Africa Tomidachi saleemd@orley.co.za Friday, September 03, 1999 10:29 AM
As salaam mu aleikum, chum

Congratulations to you and your club.  I am sure the road to where you are has not been easy, but you have come a long way and you still have a long way to go. Stay in touch / come visit some time.

Keep well


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T.I.I.Alberga Netherlands JuroJin webmaster@shoto.com Friday, September 03, 1999 11:46 AM
 Congratulations with the 19th birthday of your school.

If you have any upcoming events please add them to our calendar on our website, also have you already entered your school in our school dir? If not please do so.

Thank you


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DCM Karunatilleke Sri Lanka Ashihara dayankaru@sscomp.co.ae Friday, September 03, 1999 12:10 PM
Hello Shihan, Narker,

Congratulations on celebrating your dojo's 19th birthday. For sure, many lives would have been enlightened after going through the doors of your dojo. In the year 2000, your dojo will be celebrating the 20th birthday and I will be completing 15 years of loyal service to NIKO-Ashihara Kai Kan as their branch chief and 33 years of involvement with martial arts.

Let us hope that we together can make a better world for our children through the values and virtues of martial arts.

Please take care (ki otsukete kudasai)

D.C.M. Karunatilleke

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Yasmine Dawood South Africa Tomidachi fcint02@frasers.co.za Friday, September 03, 1999 1:36 PM

I guess Osu means hello.  Congratulation!  It must have been a very proud moment in your life having to open the 10th tournament on Saturday past.  Having been teaching for the past 19 years is also quite an achievement. Good grief - you have had quite a bit to celebrate.  It is probably going to take you another week - merely to catch up on sleep.  How was your tournament?  Tell me all about it when you have a moment.

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Grigoras Costel France Shotokan shihawa@hotmail.com Friday, September 03, 1999 1:53 PM

I am glad to keep in touch. I am now in France. I immigrate here. All is ok. Happy birthday for your dojo.
Best Regards


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Real De Repentigny Canada Kyokushin shihanreal@videotron.ca Friday, September 03, 1999 1:55 PM
Hello my friend Hoosain,

Congratulation on your 19 years birthday of your dojo. I  wish you all the best for the future, prosperity and long life.



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Jay Collins Canada jaycollins99@home.com Friday, September 03, 1999 2:10 PM
Hi Hoosain,

Congratulations on your dojo's anniversary, and best wishes from Grand River Karate!

- Jay

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Don Cunningham USA Judo budokai@concentric.net Friday, September 03, 1999 2:15 PM
Dear Hoosain,



Don Cunningham

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Douglas Jepperson USA Wado Ryu jeppersondoug@worldnet.att.net Friday, September 03, 1999 3:54 PM

Congratulations on your dojo and continued teaching.

Doug Jepperson

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Mandalay  South Africa Tomidachi mandalay@sancelink.co.za Friday, September 03, 1999 4:45 PM
Then how old are you??

May  you celebrate many more happy birthdays, let the past be a yard stick for the future growth and development of your club, a good reason why you can not stay away over an indefinite nor close the dojo for an indefinite time, think of how those poor souls will miss the routine that they have created in their lives looking forward to seeing their favourite person.......



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Mark Kosmas South Africa Samurai carol@samurai.co.za Friday, September 03, 1999 5:04 PM
Dear Hoosain


It's is encouraging to identify others who have also been in the game for such a long time. Keep it up!

Yours in Karate


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Kenneth Miarecki USA Judo KENNETH.MIARECKI@prodigy.net Friday, September 03, 1999 6:06 PM

Congratulation on your19th anniversary of your Dojo ! It is quite an accomplishment to provide a stable resource for people for such a length of time. I hope you wil be sending me another message 19 years from now announcing your 36th anniversary.
Do you have an article and possibly pictures that I can put up on my website on your tournement? Can never have to much martial arts news for people. Phil Porter will be at my Dojo on the 8th (Friday) of October for a seminar. You are cordially invited as my guest if you will be in the area that early. Please let me know where you wil be in Maine (Tournement) so I can come up to meet you. Will try to bring Ken Melbourne but he is like a grandmother when it comes to leaving home.
See you soon.

Yours in the arts,


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Scott Eby USA Kyokushin eby@mail.com Friday, September 03, 1999 7:46 PM

Cheers and congratulations are in order, from an old friend !

 ... Keep going !!! ....

Scott Eby

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Ulysses W Anderson USA Sikaron ulysses15@juno.com Friday, September 03, 1999 8:50 PM
Well Congrats to you on your 19 Birthday. I'm planing to start a school here when I get a steady work schedule, and one that will not jump me from 1st to 2nd, and 3rd. The people I work with at 7-11 are from North and East Africa. And they are very niece to me and help me as much as they can.



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John Lehner  USA World Oyama Friday, September 03, 1999 9:30 PM

Greetings to Kaicho Narker on celebrating their 19th year, how about that, and we celebrated our 20th year last summer with students coming to the party from as far back as 1979.,

Osu! Kaicho Narker!

Sensei John

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Alan Pometta USA alan@pometta.com Friday, September 03, 1999 10:37 PM
Hoosain Narker,

A very happy birthday and may there be many more decades to come.  I am sure your influence has had a lot to do with the success of your dojo.  19 years is true evidence of things being done well, good instruction and most importantly an ethical/spiritual sense.

Congratulations. Now if only my daughter could skip from 6 years to 19 so I can miss all those adolescent battles:).



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Gary Alexander USA Isshin Ryu garyalex@bellatlantic.net Saturday, September 04, 1999 4:44 PM

Congratulations and Best Wishes for your 19th Anniversary in the Dojo. You are good people. Keep up the good work. Let's stay in touch. If I can be of assistance to you let me know.

Best Regards

Gary Alexander

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Sifu Santiago Castro Puerto Rico Wun Hop Kuen Do scastro_98@yahoo.com Saturday, September 04, 1999 4:49 PM
Congratulations in your 19 Birthday....

I'm here in Ireland....  Next week I'll be back in home. We there also open a new dojo, we're celebrating too...

Sifu Castro

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Morne Swanepoel South Africa RyuKyu Research Institute msbudo@global.co.za Sunday, September 05, 1999 9:21 PM
Dear Hoosain,

Congratulations with your dojo's birthday.  Keep up the good work and hope to see you guys around for another 19 years.

Kindest Regards
Morné Swanepoel

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Sanette Smit South Africa Funakoshi smit@selfdefence.co.za Monday, September 06, 1999 12:34 AM
Dear Hoosain

Congratulations on the 19th anniversary of Ashihara.  Well done and I wish you and your students the very best for the next 19 years.  With you as their leader I have no doubt that the years to come will be only but good ones.

Go well, we speak again soon.
Kind regards


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Pieter Botha South Africa Jidokwan tkd@icon.co.za Monday, September 06, 1999 2:26 PM
Dear Hoosain

A bit belated, but nevertheless my heartfelt congratulations with the 19th Birthday of your Dojo. In today's difficult times, where we see clubs come and go all the time, this is indeed a rare and unique achievement!



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Jimmy Willis USA Kenpo playme@concentric.net Monday, September 06, 1999 8:34 PM
Congratulations on your 19th anniversary 8-)

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Cape Province Alarms South Africa Tomidachi capeprov@mweb.co.za Monday, September 06, 1999 10:26 PM

There's a saying

"Dolo ke aso pani saaf karo ke leken dil ke aso kai hogaie?  Allah ke hato he na!

Water clean the tears from eyes but what about the tears of the heart.  Is that not in Allah's hands?

Name Country Dojo Address Date
Masao Kawazoe Japan Kyokushin phenix@yo.rim.or.jp Tuesday, September 07, 1999 2:57 PM

Congratulations for your 19th celebration. I look forward to train  with you someday!!

MARK from japan

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Suzanne Pinette USA Sun Dragon Sun1Dragon@aol.com Wednesday, September 08, 1999 4:01 AM
Congratulations Hoosain!! and to your students and supporters as well.  I wish you many more years of happiness.

Sun Dragon just celebrated it's 10 anniversary.  I hope that I will be able to continue as long as you have.  Right now it seems as though there will never be a reason not to continue to grow and prosper.



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Henri-oh USA Kyokushin henrioh@earthlink.net Wednesday, September 08, 1999 1:41 PM

As always great to hear fromyou.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! Hope many more

Shihan Henri-Oh
Chairman, North American Kyokushin Organization

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BOULAHFA MIMOUN Spain Seidokan sakurat@prodistele.ceresnet.com Wednesday, September 15, 1999 12:10 PM
Dear Hoosain!

Congratulation about your dojo´s birth day. I´m sorry if I´ve answered you late. But I was travelling and even tomorrow I will go to the USA where I´ve a congress with Seidokan people. I will stay there for ten days.

One´s more congratulation and GAMBATTE!!!  Gambatte.means something Like=¨Try hard` ." Go ahead With power"


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Chee  Hawaii chee@aloha.net Tuesday, September 21, 1999 9:01 PM
 Dear Hoosain,

My most sincere congratulations on your dojo's 19th anniversary!! Dojo's that have durability means they are doing something right.

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Eli Lefler Russia/Israel Ashihara elhashita@yahoo.com Friday, September 24, 1999 10:06 AM
Dear Hoosain and ashihara students!

First of all let me to congratulate you for your successful Annual International ashihara championship. Secondly i'd like to congratulate you all for having your 19 years honbu dojo birthday. I know your dedication to your students and to the martial arts and your students loyalty and devotion to you and ashihara karate so I'm sure you all  will go from strength to strength. I wish your future will be as good and even better.

Eli Leffler.

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Khalid Zaqzouq Jordan Kyokushin royal_kyokushinkaikan@hotmail.com Saturday, September 25, 1999 10:13 PM
Dear MR Hoosain

Thank you for you're sharing with us your celebrations and congratulations for you and you're dojo's 19th year .

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