Karate Academy South Africa

Karate Academy South Africa

The Karate Academy

The Karate Academy is a Shotokan Karate school with 5 dodo’s (places of training) in Pretoria and surrounds. The school was opened by Soon Pretorius in 1986.


Equipping students with the physical and character skills they need to achieve life and business success in a modern world through the teaching of traditional shotokan karate as a way of life.


To facilitate success and be the change we want to see in our children and ourselves to make our community, country and world a better place.


The bright, clean and family-friendly centres are located in Waterkloof, Moreleta Park, Wonderboom, Hatfield and Centurion.


Shotokan Karate training is divided into the ”3 K’s”:

  • Kihon (basic drills of stances, blocks, punches,strikes and kicks)
  • Kata (pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations)
  • Kumite (sparring)


Although not the main focus, students also have the opportunity to compete in competitions. This builds confidence, character and instills hard work. The Academy has produced state, national and international champions.


The Karate Academy is affiliated with the Japan Shotokan Karate Association South Africa (JKSA). Student of The Karate Academy can train at any of the affiliated JKSA dojo’s. In fact, Soon Pretorius is the JKSA South Africa /Africa Chief Instructor. Read more about JSKA by visiting their website here.

DOJO KUN (Centre Rules)

  • Strive for perfection of character
  •  Be faithful
  •  Endeavour
  • Respect others
  • Refrain from violent behaviour