Northcliff Karate Academy 

Building tomorrows leaders

Integrity | Respect | Courage | Honour | Compassion | Honesty & Sincerity | Duty | Loyalty

About Us

Northcliff Karate Academy was started in the Northcliff area in 1991 by Sensei Penny Checketri As M.A.S.D (Martial Arts Self Defence). In 1991 Sensei Mary was an 8 year old white belt at the school dojo (Cliffview Primary) and spent most of her childhood years training with Sensei Penny in the art of Goju Ryu Karate. Sensei Mary fought for South Africa under Sensei Penny at the JKF world championships in Japan (1996) where she placed 5th in the world, this was one of many great achievements as Sensei and student. Sensei Mary later took over the Dojo from Sensei Penny at the young age of 22 years old and it was then that the Name Northcliff Karate Academy came to life. The school Dojos continued to grow and flourish, we were finally in a place to take on a new and more official home now known as NKA or Northcliff Karate Academy. The dojo has continued to grow and develop the young students that have come through our doors for so many years. We pride ourselves in the love and care we offer to each and every student that walks onto our floor. Our quality of traditional Karate and the standard we set for each of our students to achieve will always be a part of the very unique package that NKA has to offer the Northcliff area.

Instructor: Mary Jamieson

3rd Dan Black belt
Karate-Do international Instructor Certification
B.A.A (Basic ambulance assistant) Netcare Traumalink
Personal Trainer Certified- ETA
Pilates Matwork- FitPro
2 years Bachelor of Education- Wits University
Sports Strength and Conditioning certified- ISSA
Personal Achievements:
Provincial Colours for:
Touch Rugby
National colours for:
Touch Rugby
5th place -World JKF Championships -1996
3rd place- African Karate Championships, All styles- 2011
9th Place- Karate World championships (WKF) All styles- 2012
1st Place- Karate Zone 6 African Countries- All styles- 2009-2012

Richard Mcnally

Chardele Williamson

Assistant Instructors:

Assistant instructors play a vital role in classes to ensure that each student gets as much help, correction and encouragement as possible.

Our assistant instructors are mentored through the intricacies of teaching and specifically teaching children correct movement patterns needed for martial arts. Correct movement pattern training for children will carry over into all sporting codes.

Class Times

Mondays & Wednesdays

15:00-15:30 (preschool 4,5 yrs.)
15:30-16:15 (Jnr white & yellow)
16:15-17:15 (Snr white & yellow)
17:15-18:15 (Green)
18:15- 19:15 (Blue and Purple)
19:15- 20:30 (Brown, Black & adults)

Tuesdays & Thursdays

14:00-14:45 (Blairgowrie white - orange)
15:00-15:45 (Risidale White - orange)
16:00-17:00 (orange & Green)
17:00-17:30 (preschool 4.5yrs)
17:30-18:15 (jnr white, yellow & orange)
18:15-19:15 (orange or 10yrs +)

Thursdays Only

19:15-20:00 (open dojo, beginner adults)




At Northcliff Karate Academy we pride ourselves of an all-inclusive community based on solid foundation of morals and integrity. Our gallery is just a little window in which to view our students and their journey through martial arts.

History Of Goōjuū-ryuū Karate-do

Goju Ryu is the Japanese word for the "hard-soft style," it is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of karate, it’s based on a combination of hard and soft techniques. Gō, which means hard, refers to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks; jū, which means soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements. Goju ryu uses both circular and linear movements in its curriculum, combining hard striking attacks such as kicks and punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent, including locks, grappling, takedowns and throws. It is a diverse and universal martial art in its beauty and power.
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Our Black Belts

The Black belt is not the end, rather the beginning of the next chapter.
Students spend many hours and years in pursuit of the black belt… these sayings are a reminder to us as black belts to forever remain a student of Martial arts.
  • Mary Jamieson

    Achieved in 2001

    Mike Butler

    Achieved in 2014

    Graham Webber

    Achieved in 2014

    Casper Alant

    Achieved in 2015
  • Richard McNally

    Achieved in 2017

    Chardele Williamson

    Achieved in 2017

    Prince Mkabela

    Achieved in 2018

    Imtiaaz Tifloen

    Achieved in 2018
  • Miguel Da Encarnacoa

    Achieved in 2018

    Ryan Chetty

    Achieved in 2018

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Blackheath Pavilion
Cnr Pendoring Road and Beyers Naude Drive

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