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Ché Jagger

Owner and Instructor at Goju Ryu Karate Centre

  • 5th Dan Black Belt ratified by OGKK

  • Affiliated to OGKK (Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karatedo Kyokai)

  • Shibu licence holder for OGKK

  • Bachelor of Physical Education (University of Witwatersrand)

  • Level 3 First aid 


Ché has been a student, competitor, in-house deshi, coach, sempai (big brother/mentor) and sensei in the Goju Ryu Karate Centre since 1999.


He started in this dojo under Paul Andre Sensei and received his Shodan-ho at 14 under Aubrey Pieterse Sensei. His current instructors are Sensei Lilian and Sensei Elias, who are the Shibo-cho instructors for Africa OGKK, and who train under Hanshi Kikugawa, based in Naha, Okinawa. 

Over his forty-plus years of training, Ché has been fortunate to train with many great teachers, including Higaonna Morio Sensei  & Chinen Teruo Sensei. He continues to pass on their knowledge both in the dojo and on our youtube channel. 


In his downtime, Sensei Jagger is an avid gardener, DIY fundi, reader of karate books and baker of bread (especially rye bread!)


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Zoë Jagger-Hinis

Dojo Administrator and Instructor

  • 3rd dan (ratified by OGKK)

  • Level 3 first aid 

  • Completed Uchi-deshi course

  • Member of OGKK

  • BA Hons (Rhodes University)

  • Nisaa Counselling Course for Survivors of Rape and Abuse Certificate

  • Talk to me': Improving mental health and suicide prevention in young adults course by Curtin University, completed 2022


Zoë has been studying martial arts since the age of 11, when she began with Judo after being bullied at school. She discovered Goju Ryu in her first week at university in 2006, and has been training in the style ever since. She has also studied Aikido for six years. 

After fleeing the advertising world to become a deshi (in-house student), Zoë has completed her three-year instructor's course and is licensed to teach by OGKK Gauteng. She handles all dojo admin, from accounts to events to merchandise, as well teaching classes. 

She is also the producer and editor of the dojo Youtube channel, which we started in lockdown and ended up finding out that a bunch of people around the world wanted to learn from us.

When not training, teaching, or mothering, she runs,  bakes delicious (and lopsided) cakes and reads all sorts of books. She writes about karate and martial arts in general at her website:

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