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About Sanette Smit

Sanette Smit (Smitti), a 8th Dan Black Belt in karate and the highest graded woman in Karate in Africa, not to mention one of the highest graded women in the world, has been involved in the field of karate / self-defence for over 30 years.

Smitti's grave concern regarding rape, personal safety and welfare, plus her incredibly strong "defence" background, has led to the inevitable -- the creation of a fully-comprehensive and totally unique rape prevention and self-defence program which she runs on a regular basis.

The courses and workshops she offers are tailored to suit the specific needs and requirements of the particular groups attending. In this way, a diverse number of people and organisations can benefit in very specific ways.

Most courses cater for the 'average' person, therefore no particular skills are necessary to participate in the program -- people of all shapes, sizes and varying physical abilities can learn to apply these self-defence techniques effectively. Furthermore, Smitti covers both aspects of self-defence (psychological & physical), believing firmly that the one is not effective without the other.

Sanette Smit (Smitti)
8th Dan Black Belt

  • Winner of the 1998 Shoprite Checkers / SABC3 Woman of the Year Award Sport Category
  • Winner of the 1998 Coach of the Year Award presented by the Karate Association of South Africa
  • Author of the South African Woman's guide to Self-Defence published in 1999 by Struik
  • Author of the Karate -the Essential Guide to Mastering the Art published in 2001 by New Holland
  • Sport Legend Award, Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, 2008
  • Administrator of the Year, Western Province National Sports Council, 2010
  • Self-Defence, Empowerment & Martial Arts Trainer (SEMAT) Certificate, Stellenbosch Sport Performance Institute, 2011
  • Self-Defence, Empowerment & Martial Arts Trainer (SEMAT) for Disabled Women/Men Diploma, Lydia Zijdel Foundation, Netherlands, 2011

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For private or corporate self defence lectures, self defence demonstrations, please:

082 732 4166
Smitti : 082 4153960

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