Ian le Roux

Sensei Ian le Roux

Managing Director
7th Dan (Nanna Dan) obtained on 5 October 2009
Matriculated at the Agricultural High-School Jacobsdal in 1977.
Retired from the South African National Defence Force with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in June 2019 after 40 years’ service of which 22 years was at the School of Armour, 6 years at 1 Special Service Battalion of which 5 years was as the Officer Commanding and 12 years as Internal Auditor with the Inspector General.

Karate Experience

Started training karate in February 1978 at Kovsie Karate Club and Samurai Karate Club in Bfn.

Graded 1st dan (Shodan) on 10 October 1980

Teaching at Kovsie Karate from January 1979 until 18 March 2019. Other Coaching includes Free State Karate (26 years) as junior, senior and head coach, Senior Protea team head coach, Senior SAJKA team head coach and Director of Coaching Karate South Africa.

Represented Free State (since 1978), SANDF Karate team, Springbok karate team (1986/87), Protea Karate team (1994 at the WKF World Karate Championships in Malaysia) and SAJKA National team (1992 and 1994). Won several national championship titles and other medals in both kata and kumite at SAJKA national championships and national all styles championships between 1980 and 1994 of which the SAJKA national male open kumite title in 1989.

International medals include bronze in senior male team kumite at All Japan championships in Tokyo 1992, bronze at the 1994 WKF Africa championships in Jhb and a gold medal in kata and bronze medal in kumite in the male +50-year category at the 2011 Istanbul Open Karate Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

Sport Management experience includes: Chairperson FS Karate Federation (2 years in the early 2000s), Technical Director FS Karate Federation (2012 to 2019), Chairperson Bloemfontein Military Defence Sport Club (2002 to 2011), Chairperson Free State Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (2002 to 2012) and Chairperson Free State Academy of Sport (2017 to 2019).