Mikado Karate is a karate training academy located in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, and is a registered training centre with SA JKA.

Karate consists of 5 core principles. It is these principles that Mikado Karate is built around.

  • Character
  • Sincerity
  • Effort
  • Etiquette
  • Self-control

Through fun and challenging activities students will not only develop valuable self-defence techniques, but also a sense of family and a strong set of moral values.  As karate is a strong physical activity, students will also get lots of exercise and develop many different muscle groups.



Chris Valarakis is a registered instructor with SA JKA, and his dojo – Mikado Karate is a registered training centre.

He has been involved in Karate for 16 years and has been assisting Sensei Pano Wills (5th Dan) for 5 years at Saheti School.  He trains at the SA JKA head dojo, Honbu, under Sensei Johan la Grange (6th Dan and SA JKA chief instructor). He has also represented South Africa at the Gichen Funakoshi World Championships in 2011 and 2017. Furthermore, he has won the SA JKA National Championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018.


SA JKA logo Founded in 1948, the Japan Karate Association (JKA) was highly appreciated for its social activities, and received approval from the Japanese Ministry of Education as a “General Incorporated Association” in 1957. The Japan Karate Association aims to promote improvement of its skills and self-discipline by research and instruction of Karatedo.

The JKA has consistently instructed and promoted Karatedo since its establishment in 1948. From the beginning we have trained specialized instructors who have completed our own curriculums, and established a solid foundation on instruction and technique of Karatedo.

SA JKA, affiliated to JKA Japan was founded by the late Stanley Owen Schmidt Sensei in 1963 which is now headed by the current Chief Instructor Johan La Grange Sensei, as approved by JKA/WF Japan.


Come and try us out. Your first 3 lessons are free of charge with no obligation!

Call:  076 311 2442 or
Email:  info@mikadokarate.co.za.

Serbian Orthodox Church Recreational Hall
Tana Road

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