Shihan wants to take karate into schools

The softly spoken Shihan Marius Conjana doesn’t do karate because he is a violent man. He practises because he believe it instils discipline, focus, fitness and self-confidence.

Having practised the art of karate for 28 years, Shihan Conjana now want to impart his skills to pupils at schools..

The eyes of retired editor Tarzan Mbita grew big as he listened to the head coach of Josui Kaikan South Africa relate how he defended himself against three attackers with a samurai sword – and then went on to win his case in court on the grounds of self defence.

In 2012 when he visited Matsuyama in Japan, he tells Vukani, he was accepted and promoted to branch chief of the African continent of the Josiu style by the Japanese Kancho Hiroshi Harada.

“We managed to take a team to Japan in 2012 and 2013. Locally, we swept clean at every championship we entered. I now want to rub off my skills to more young children,” he said.

Currently he holds his training sessions at 159 NY6 in Gugulethu. He is still working on his dream of taking karate to schools because he believes the sport can instil disciple, focus, fitness and and self confidence in those who participate in it.

“Karate is about teaching and instilling discipline. Karate is about building character. Karate builds balance and body co-ordination. We shy away from violence. Karate is about hard training. Karate teaches endurance and once you master all the above, then life itself becomes easy,” he said.

You can contact Shihan Marius Conjana on 021 637 7003, 071 409 7824 or email

Shihan Marius Conjana next to headmaster Kancho Hiroshi Harada.
Some of Shihan Marius Conjana’s trainees.