This past weekend Sensei Karin Brockmann represented Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate Namibia on an International Stage when she received her 5th Dan Black Belt (GODAN) under the watchful eye of IOGKF Technical Advisor, Sensei Bakkies Laubscher (9th Dan IOGKF); making her one of only two women in OGKN history to have achieved such a prestigious rank.
Sensei Karin Brockmann started her journey in karate in 1991; after her husband enrolled her in her first class. Being naturally small in stature, Sensei Karin first showed her tenacity when she received her Black Belt shortly after giving birth to her twin boys. She continued to pursue her passion for martial arts and in 2009 successfully passed her 4th Dan grading, before taking a break to focus on raising her children and purchasing her own pharmacy.
After making a gradual return to karate, Sensei Karin received her grading invitation at the start of 2020 and has spent the previous 10 months diligently preparing for the rigorous physical test. Having successfully passed, she now once again firmly secures her place as one of the most senior female karateka in Namibia. Sensei Karin’s undoubtable passion and dedication are truly inspirational and she continues to set an example as a strong female role model to all her fellow karateka.
“Going forward my goal is to continue training! To improve and deepen my knowledge of the techniques. I want to focus on the essential harmony and strength of body and mind which also spills over in every day life and helps us to stay healthy and focused in the stress we are faced with everyday”. – Sensei Karin Brockmann (5th Dan IOGKF).
Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate Namibia would like to congratulate Sensei Karin on this tremendous achievement and thank her for her ongoing pursuit for excellence.
Sensei Karin with IOGKF Chief Instructor Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura during his recent visit to Namibia in 2016.