Welcome to the Stan Schmidt School of Karate!Teaching Shotokan Dynamic Karate to children and young adults.The art of Karate is an ideal sport for boys and girls of all ages. It will enhance core strength, stability, flexibility, reflexes and will boost confidence and self-esteem.We strive to teach not only the art of Karate, but valuable life skills that will assist in making students of all ages well-rounded and disciplined members of society.

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Dynamic Karate involves learning the art of Shotokan karate AND learning aspects of other disciplines, as well as general life skills. Other disciplines include self-defence techniques, grappling, Pilates method, ball skills, strength and conditioning training and correct postural alignment exercises. General life skills involve learning the 5 Maxims of Karate, dealing with peer pressure, coping with school and sport pressure, the value of relationships and so much more.

Your child will receive care, attention and high level instruction at our dojo. Students are encouraged to be the best they can be in all aspects of their lives. Book their place to ensure their success.



Historically, the Martial Art of Shotokan Karate (the Art of Empty Hand Fighting) was born out of the desperate need for the Okinawan nobility and citizens who were unarmed) to protect their superiors, themselves and their loved ones against hostile forces who were armed.  These forces – Japanese samurai (the Satsuma clan) and belligerent personnel from unwelcome visiting ships – imposed themselves upon the Okinawan society for over two and a half centuries (1609 – 1859).

During this protracted period, the long-suffering Okinawans had no legal access to swords – the weapon of the day.  They were only permitted to carry the implements of their trade, eg. fishing equipment, farming tools (eg. flayers for threshing wheat – later known as nunchaku) or common household objects.  In essence, the gentry (Okinawan government officials known as Keimochi) were disarmed warriors who had no option but to invent and develop bare handed techniques and tactics of defence against the barbaric imposters.  B.D. Clayton states, “hard style karate was invented in the mid 1800’s by the bodyguards of the King of Okinawa.  These unarmed guards were often outnumbered by armed and aggressive enemies.  To defend themselves and the royal family, they were forced to turn their bodies into lethal weapons.” 1

Shotokan karate was exported to the Japanese mainland in the person of an Okinawan schoolteacher Master Gichin Funakoshi in 1922 – the word “karate” (empty hand) was coined in the early 1920’s and soon after the Martial Art of Karate was included as one of the nine official Martial Arts of Japan. – ‘taken from the JKA SA Instructors Manual, written by Shihan Stan Schmidt’



How the Stan Schmidt School of Karate came into existence, an article by Shihan Stan Schmidt:

I first visited Japan in 1963 where I trained at the Japan Karate Association HQ

On my return I established the Stan Schmidt School of Karate in Orange Grove.

This was the first JKA recognised Karate Dojo in South Africa – the Flagship of the Art of the Empty Hand.

Over the years I returned to Japan over 20 times for further training and upgrading.

The Stan Schmidt School of Karate moved location a number of times, ending up in Sandton.

Scores of top level Instructors and Gold Medalists were bred at this school. Many today are famous and have continued to hold up the banner of excellence. One of these champion teachers is Janine Friend who now owns and operates The Stan Schmidt School of Karate in Bryanston, Johannesburg.

After my retirement in 2010 it was with great pleasure that I selected and handed over the school to Sensei Janine .

Young and old aspiring students – from Beginner to Black Belt – could not be in better hands. Janine Friend – the current Chief Instructor of the Stan Schmidt School of Karate- has a CV record second to none; having captured gold medals in both Kata and Kumite in numerous South African and World Championships. She recently was promoted to the coveted black belt degree of 5th Dan which is recognised by the JKA Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. At 27 years of age she was one of the youngest South Africans to be awarded this high rank.

Karate is a highly skilled Art of Self Defence which gives the student – no matter what age – superb Fitness; Self Discipline and Confidence. Janine Friend is an experienced and excellent teacher in whom I have the utmost confidence.

May every student in her care be blessed abundantly. – Shihan Stan Schmidt


‘Janine Friend is an experienced and excellent teacher in whom I have the utmost confidence.’

Shihan Stan SchmidtGrand Master


Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting at 2pm. Schedule is as follows:

2.00 – 2.30pm = 4 to 6yrs, beginners/white and yellow belts

2.30 – 3pm = 7 to 12yrs, beginners/white and yellow belts

3.15 – 4pm = Orange green blue belts AND beginners age 10 and older

4 – 5pm = Blue to red belts

5 – 6pm = Brown and black belts

The dojo follows a 4 Term structure and is closed on public holidays

We strive to teach not only karate, but valuable life skills that will assist in making students of all ages well-rounded and disciplined members of society.


Janine has been training for 25 years and instructing for 12years.

Achievements and accolades include:

  • 5th Dan, October 2011
  • Japan Shoto Cup Individual finalist
  • Japan Shoto Cup 2000 and 2004 Ladies Team Kata Bronze
  • Undefeated National Kata champion 1991-2005
  • World Cup winner, kata and kumite, 1994


  1. Seek perfection of character
  2. Be faithful
  3. Endeavour
  4. Respect others
  5. Refrain from violent behaviour


At the beginning of 2014 we moved from Bryanston to Webber Rd in Sandton. All our students and parents have settled in well and membership has grown considerably.

A focus on students as a whole, ongoing evaluations and continuous instructor assessments are a few of the attributes that separate our dojo from the rest.