Success Stories

KhanyaKhanya Gwabeni

Current world 10 year old Kumite champion.

Travelled to Mumbai India as part of the Goju Kai national team










Ncumisa Plum


Bronze medallist at the 6th world championships held in Mumbia,India. Current South African Junior Kumite Champion




Dylan Lakey

Dylan started karate when he was 5 years of age. He has always been committed to excel in the art of karate.

Dylan was chosen to travel to Tokyo in 2012 to grade to his black belt and he passed with distinction, in 2013 he obtained his national colours and travelled to Mumbai India where he shocked the world by tearing apart the opposition and beating the current world champions ,Iran in the final, making him world champion.

After returning from India Dylan did not rest on his Loral’s ,he took part in the 2014 National tournament where he obtained 4 gold medals and in doing so won the best overall Junior in the country.

Dylan is an outstanding boy with great potential ,not only in karate but as a human being that lives his life with honour ,loyalty and respect.

Dylan will grade to his second dan next year .


Sipho Pokolo

Sipho started karate when he was 5 years of age. He has always been committed to excel in the art of karate.

Sipho graded in 2012 to his black belt and he passed with distinction, in 2013 he obtained his national colours and travelled to Mumbai India where his outstanding performance in the unison kata division earned him the title of world champion.

After returning from India Sipho   took part in the 2014 National tournament where he obtained 4 gold medals and in doing so won the best overall under 21 in the country.

Sipho is an amazing athlete with great potential; this year he obtained full colours and honours for sport at Camps Bay high where he attends school not only in karate but for athletics and Rugby.

Sipho is a young man that lives his life with honour, loyalty and respect.

Sipho will travel to Japan to grade for his 2nd dan next year.


Moctar Fall SenseiMoctar Fall

Moctar Fall Sensei originally hails from Senegal and became an internationally recognized, qualified instructor through the very tough Uchi Deshi system at the All Africa Hombu Dojo.

He is a 3 time South African heavyweight Ippon Kumite champion and found a further passion in International Sport Sailing several years ago. Moctar Sensei was chosen to be  a crew member of the  South African Shoshaloza sailing team that competed  successfully throughout Europe over the last decade. He currently works as a Captain on a ship permanently  based in Spain.

Frank Brandon Shihan and Moctar have a very special relationship that goes back a long time. Frank Shihan is proud to be the teacher of a student with such great integrity, loyalty and honesty.




Xolisile Hiti

Xolisile Hiti has played an integral part in the growth and success of the Gugulethu dojo and is passionate in passing on the knowledge and values of traditional karate to the underprivileged.

Hiti Sensei represented South Africa in Holland at the 2005 World Championships and he was well received in Venice when he attended the 2006 cultural exchange trip. The Mayor of Venice praised him for his attitude and input towards the growth of children through leading by example..

He achieved his Sandan (3rd Dan) grade in 2014, becoming an internationally qualified Gojukai instructor (Sensei). Hiti is currently a resident Shidoin at the Hombu Dojo.








Asekho Mda

Asekho Mda

In his own words: “I come from a family of 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl. I am the oldest and was born in the late 80’s during apartheid in South Africa. I come from a very average family and  did my schooling at less sophisticated schools.

In 2002 I met a man called Sensei Frank Brandon. This man took me in when I had nothing. I was a typical “black” person, doing all the things my friends did. At the time I was in Std 7 at Spes Bona Secondary School. I used to fail dismally, getting a ‘F’ symbol for Mathematics on the standard grade. Shihan Frank spoke to me and offered to take me to a more sophisticated school. He told me I just had to pass Grade 10 and he would take it from there.

I was surprised but at that point I knew that God had answered my prayers. I started at Rhodes High School in 2004 after passing Grade 10. I then took Mathematics on the higher grade and obtained a ‘C’ symbol.

Walt Disney once said: “If you can dream it you can do it”. I hope to achieve all of my dreams.

I dreamed of becoming a civil engineer. Today I am employed by one of the biggest companies in SA, involved in the biggest projects in Africa. Gojukai karate gave me the way and I walked it. I have risen from abject poverty to become a qualified engineer. I graduated third in my class; now I’m studying towards my BTech in Project Management through UNISA. I believe that with determination and perseverance you can achieve anything your heart desires.”

Anathi Kalipa

Anathi started Karate in 2003 at the age of 3 at Lady Buxton Creche under the tutorage of Frank Brandon ShihanFrank Shihan saw the absolute modest, powerful and kind energy within Anathi and backed him all the way on a journey that started with Anathi being accepted to SACS preschool (De Villiers House) and later being accepted to SACS Junior School.

Anathi was offered a full scholarship due to achievements. Anathi is currently a member of the SACS Junior School Choir, an A team Rugby and Cricket player as well as an “A” aggregate student. He is the reigning Gojukai South African Karate Champion in Ippon Kumite for his age group and is currently ranked 2nd in the world for two divisions. Anathi’s dream is to become an eye-surgeon. He has had this idea since age 3, motivated by his mother’s deteriorating eye condition.









OlwethuOlwethu Gusha

I started Karate at the Gugulethu Dojo in 2002 which opened in that same year. We trained with Shihan Frank Brandon and Sempai Hiti twice a week, every week.

When I started Karate I was very unfit and had very little self-esteem. Amongst many things, Karate has taught me respect and self-discipline. It has taught me that hard work and dedication does pay off and that if you work hard enough, you will be rewarded. In the beginning I trained with many of my friends but when most of them left, I stayed. I have been rewarded for my dedication by travelling the world, seeing places and experiencing things I normally would not have, all thanks to Karate.

In 2004 I was selected with 26 other students to travel to Italy with Shihan Frank Brandon and Shihan Craig Kansley during the July holidays as part of a cultural exchange program with Italian students. In 2005 I was selected to represent South Africa at the World Championships in Holland. I achieved 3rd Place in my division for Ippon Kumite.

In 2008 I was fortunate enough to travel to Japan where I lived, trained and graded for my Shodan (1st Dan Black Belt) under Saiko Shihan Goshi YamaguchiHanshi Peter Brandon and Masatoshi Yamaguchi Shihan. I have also been a multiple ‘Western Province Champion’ and was the 2006 South African Champion. I have applied what I have been taught through Karate into my academic and everyday lifestyle. I am currently completing my final year at UCT’s law faculty and will be doing my articles next year .

Shihan Frank Brandon has been a huge influence in my life. Because of this I look at life in a more positive manner and realize that life only helps those who help themselves. Shihan Frank Brandon has been like a father to me and because of him I have experienced all the above mentioned and I am forever grateful for all he has given me.




Khaya_Spayire_HombuKhaya Spayira

Khaya started karate in 2002 at the age of six. Since the day he started he has been an incredibly serious karateka. His achievements in karate have been outstanding and he has been a South African Champion in his age group.

Khaya is an only child and lives with his Mother in Phoenix, Milnerton. From the time he started, Goju Kai has always given Khaya all the support we can both in and outside of karate as we truly feel he is a special individual who has seized every opportunity he’s been given and has always made the most of it. Khaya completed his schooling at Camps Bay High where he was awarded a full scholarship and he his achieved academicically.

In 2012 he travelled to Japan where he took part in a cultural exchange programme with the students of Japan Goju Kai. Khaya passed his grading to Shodan (1st Dan) whilst on the trip and joined an elite group of karateka that have graduated to Shodan in Japan under the Yamaguchi family. He competed successfully as a South African team member in the 6th Gojukai Karatedo World Championships in Mumbai, India in December 2013 and has excelled in local national tournaments.