Jeff commenced his Karate career with the Japan Karate Association (JKA) in July 1978 at the Orange Grove Dojo under Sensei Stan Schmidt. He recalls it as a very intimidating experience, walking into the top dojo in South Africa and seeing all the strong fighters training. Yet despite his initial trepidation Jeff was hooked, and a lifelong love of Karate was born.
Jeff has achieved international recognition as a karateka representing South Africa in 1993 and 1997 at the Maccabiah in Israel, and after immigrating in 1998, representing Australia in 2001 and 2005 at the Maccabiah games. He has also held senior positions as an official, and was the manager of the South African JKA Senior team that participated in the 1994 Shoto Cup held in Philadelphia.
Jeff established the Jeffsan Karate Centre in Sydney in 2000, and became a founder member of the Shotokan Karate Coalition when it was formed in 2004 under Sensei Keith Geyer. The Jeffsan Karate Centre has grown to more than 100 students of all ages, all of whom are now affiliated to Japan Karate Association (JKA) under the JKA-SKC banner. A significant achievement of the Jeffsan Karate Centre was the selection of two students to represent Australia at the World Karate Federation (WKF) international competition.
Jeff’s personal philosophy is to be the best he can be, by seeking continuous improvement and always striving to surpass the highest standards of performance.
His focus is always “we and us” rather than “I and me”.