Karate Master Stanley Owen Schmidt was born October 6th 1936 in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. As a young child his parents moved to Johannesburg, where he attended King Edward School (KES). His father died when he was ten years of age. His mother Anne took in boarders to support them.
Still in his pre-teens, Stan built his own makeshift gym in the coal shed of his mother's backyard, where he and his friends pushed weights, boxed and wrestled.