The Wanderers Karate Club in Johannesburg

Quick FAQs

What facilities do you have?2021-10-08T13:17:54+02:00

Our Karate section has a 350sqm dojo

I have a knee injury. Can I still train?2021-09-27T10:28:07+02:00

Yes, Karate is one discipline where you can train around any injury or limitation.

Am I too old to start?2021-09-27T10:27:35+02:00

No, you’re never too old to start Karate! Some of the oldest members of our Dojo are in their 70s. Karate is a sport for anyone.

What is the recommended age to start Karate?2021-09-27T10:26:59+02:00

4 years old.

Can I try out before enrolling?2021-09-27T10:26:26+02:00

Yes, you’re welcome to try out two Karate lessons before enrolling.

Is Karate located inside The Wanderers Club?2021-09-27T10:25:56+02:00

Yes, the Karate dojo is inside the Wanderers Club, opposite the squash courts.

Do I have to become a member to participate?2021-09-29T15:27:10+02:00

Yes, to become a member sign up here

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Mission Statement “The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat but in the perfection of the character of its participants.” – Gichin Funakoshi

Information about Karate

Karate is a sport for all students (4 years and older) that teaches discipline, coordination, endurance, etiquette and respect for oneself and others. Our training focuses on the fundamental basics, groundwork, throwing, fitness, stretching, self-defence, strength and conditioning. Johan la Grange (6th Dan) runs the JKA karate dojo at The Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to training with you!

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Further Information about Karate

Any upcoming competitions:
National Grading – 27 November 2021

Any notable achievements in your dojo:
Due to COVID restrictions, no tournaments took place.

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Chairman/ Administrator
Sensei Johan la Grange 082 825 9318 [email protected] or [email protected]

Practices & Membership

Wanderers Karate offers classes every Monday to Saturday for children and adults, beginners and those who have trained before.
Self-defence classes for women run every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

Sensei Johan la Grange can be contacted for more information.


Karate Dojo with full floor mats, mirrors, bags and weights


Please contact the section as levies do vary depending on class and age

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About Johan la Grange

Johan la Grange began karate with his father, Sensei Dries la Grange in 1978 at the age of 6. He received his Shodan (1st Dan) at the age of 12 and at the age of 16, began training at the Honbu Dojo under Sensei Keith Geyer. Johan achieved Protea Colours from 1994 to 1998 and won the South Africa championships for 11 consecutive years. He placed 2nd in the World Shotocup in 2000, 3rd in 2004, and in 2005 he won the Open Men’s Kumite in the WKC World Championships. He currently runs the Wanderers Karate Club and the Early Bird instructor training. Johan holds the rank of Rokudan (6th Dan) and is the Chief Instructor of SA JKA.

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