About Northcliff Karate Academy

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.

We service the following areas:
Fairland, Berario, Weltevreden Park, Risidale, Blairgowrie, Kelland, Linden, Cresta,  Randburg, Northcliff, Greenside and Blackheath.  

ABout Instructor Mary

3rd Dan Black belt
Pilates Matwork- FitPro
Sports Strength and Conditioning certified- ISSA
28 years of Goju Ryu karate
B.A.A (Basic ambulance assistant) Netcare Traumalink
Karate-Do international Instructor Certification
2 years Bachelor of Education- Wits University
13 years of instruction

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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