Stan Schmidt – 8th Dan
National Technical Director
Stan Schmidt is the National Technical Director of JKA-SKC and resides in Melbourne Australia. Sensei Stan was born in South Africa on 6 October 1936. He studied at the University of South Africa and obtained a Master’s Degree of Communications.
In 1963, he was one of the Westerner’s to train with the JKA at the Tokyo Headquarters (Honbu Dojo). After returning from his trip to Japan, Sensei Stan helped established JKA Karate in South Africa which was the biggest and most successful Karate organisation in South Africa.
After countless amount of times training in Japan, Sensei Stan was the first non-Japanese Karateka to receive his 7th degree black belt from the JKA, and after over 50 years continual service, the JKA awarded him the rank of 8th degree black belt. Sensei Stan was also the first Westerner to attain the rank of 8th Dan.
Master Stan is also known for his acting roles in martial arts films such as Karate Killer & Kill and Kill again.
Today, we are fortunate to have him teaching the art of JKA karate each week at our JKA-SKC Honbu Dojo in Elsternwick, Melbourne.