FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions and their Answers

Belts

Instructor, Sempei or Sensei….the how and who

Any student who becomes a senior black belt, will not be recognised as a Sensei or Sempei until he/she has officially applied for this position through XKT Head Quarters and completed all the outlined courses set by XKT. Upon completion of the course, he/she will undergo a probation period of 12 months, followed by an interview before the Shihankai:- Raymond Phillips, Peet van Breda, Jacque Bosch, Jaco Pretorius, Anita Phillips, (no less than 4 members at the interview).

If a black belt has no interest in becoming a Sempei or Sensei he/she will be known on their level of black belt, (e.g. 1st Degree, 2nd Degree and so on), and will have no Instructor rank. If a lower belt student shows an interest in becoming an Instructor same procedure will be followed as with application of becoming Sempei or Sensei and student will get to wear a special multi-coloured belt, red and white, and higher belts, brown and white. Black belt students who are doing an Instructor course will have a black and white belt.

If any student or black belt student shows initiative in becoming an instructor, his/her Instructor can appoint this student as a “Sempei”. Any person under the age of 21 years cannot be a Sensei unless special permission has been granted by the XKT Shihankai. He/she will be graded according to maturity, responsibility, teaching ability and liability.

 

This is a list of the affiliated and recognised Senseis in XKT:

Sensei Eddie Theron

Sensei Jared Archer

Sensei Rina Labuschagne

Sensei Martin Groenewald

Sensei JP Kruger

Sensei Nicolaas Annandale

Sensei Pieter de Klerk

Sensei Brandt Ehlers

Sensei Albert Wessels

Sensei Matthew Dalton

Sensei Gerhard Bezuidenhout

Sensei Laurence du Plessis

Sensei Johan Vosloo

Fighting Styles

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and mostly ground fighting. The art was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century. BJJ teaches that a smaller opponent can successfully defend themselves against a bigger opponent by using leverage and proper technique such as applying joint-locks and chokeholds.

 

BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments, mixed martial arts events and self defense.

What is MMA?

Mixed Martial Arts is a full contact sport that allows the use of both grappling and striking techniques. The reason why its called Mixed Martial arts is because you can make use of many combat styles such as Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Boxing, Karate and many other styles.

For a MMA fighter they must do cross-training in a variety of styles to counter their opponent's strength and to remain effective in all phases of combat.

Different MMA fighting styles are Sprawl-and-Brawl, Clinch fighting, Ground-and-Pound and Submission grappling (sub-seeking). 

What is Boxing?

In general, boxers are prohibited from hitting below the belt, holding, tripping, pushing, biting, or spitting. The boxer's shorts are raised so the opponent is not allowed to hit to the groin area with intent to cause pain or injury. Failure to abide by the former may result in a foul or wallet slap. They also are prohibited from kicking, head-butting, or hitting with any part of the arm other than the knuckles of a closed fist (including hitting with the elbow, shoulder or forearm, as well as with open gloves, the wrist, the inside, back or side of the hand). They are prohibited as well from hitting the back, back of the neck or head (called a "rabbit-punch") or the kidneys. They are prohibited from holding the ropes for support when punching, holding an opponent while punching, or ducking below the belt of their opponent (dropping below the waist of your opponent, no matter the distance between). If a "clinch" – a defensive move in which a boxer wraps his or her opponents arms and holds on to create a pause – is broken by the referee, each fighter must take a full step back before punching again (alternatively, the referee may direct the fighters to "punch out" of the clinch). When a boxer is knocked down, the other boxer must immediately cease fighting and move to the furthest neutral corner of the ring until the referee has either ruled a knockout or called for the fight to continue.

What is Kickboxing?

Kickboxing originates from the Japanese Kickboxing which was created by Osamu Noguchi in the 1960s. From there Kickboxing moved to America and not long after was taken on by the rest of the world. Kickboxing can be considered a hybrid Martial Art formed from the combination of elements of various traditional styles. These styles consist of Muay Thai, Karate and Western Boxing.

The kickboxing world has brought us legends such as Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Rick Roufus, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace and Rob Kaman.

Kickboxing is a style that consists of punching and kicking with various techniques and forms such as semi contact, light contact and full contact. Kickboxing is often practiced for self defense, general fitness or as a contact sport.

 The kickboxing style works for everyone weather you want to do it professionally or just for fun. 

What does it take to become a Professional Fighter?

A fighter who wants to turn Pro should have at least 30-40 amateur fights behind him and have an amateur record of min 75% wins.

If you would like to turn Pro you can contact Shihan Raymond Phillips via email:  rayforce@xkt.co.za

Instructor, Sempei or Sensei….the how and who

Any student who becomes a senior black belt, will not be recognised as a Sensei or Sempei until he/she has officially applied for this position through XKT Head Quarters and completed all the outlined courses set by XKT. Upon completion of the course, he/she will undergo a probation period of 12 months, followed by an interview before the Shihankai:- Raymond Phillips, Peet van Breda, Jacque Bosch, Jaco Pretorius, Anita Phillips, (no less than 4 members at the interview).

If a black belt has no interest in becoming a Sempei or Sensei he/she will be known on their level of black belt, (e.g. 1st Degree, 2nd Degree and so on), and will have no Instructor rank. If a lower belt student shows an interest in becoming an Instructor same procedure will be followed as with application of becoming Sempei or Sensei and student will get to wear a special multi-coloured belt, red and white, and higher belts, brown and white. Black belt students who are doing an Instructor course will have a black and white belt.

If any student or black belt student shows initiative in becoming an instructor, his/her Instructor can appoint this student as a “Sempei”. Any person under the age of 21 years cannot be a Sensei unless special permission has been granted by the XKT Shihankai. He/she will be graded according to maturity, responsibility, teaching ability and liability.

 

This is a list of the affiliated and recognised Senseis in XKT:

Sensei Eddie Theron

Sensei Jared Archer

Sensei Rina Labuschagne

Sensei Martin Groenewald

Sensei JP Kruger

Sensei Nicolaas Annandale

Sensei Pieter de Klerk

Sensei Brandt Ehlers

Sensei Albert Wessels

Sensei Matthew Dalton

Sensei Gerhard Bezuidenhout

Sensei Laurence du Plessis

Sensei Johan Vosloo

What is Muay Thai?

In Thailand Muay Thai evolved from the older Mauy Boran which was an unarmed combat method used by the Siamese soldiers after losing their weapons in battle.

Muay Thai is a combat sport that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. The word muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya which means "to bind together". Formal Muay Thai techniques are divided into two groups, they are mae mai or major techniques and luk mai or minor techniques.

Muay Thai is referred to as the "Art  of Eight Limbs" or the "Science of Eight Limbs" because it makes use of  punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes , thus using eight points of contact.

What is K1?

Japanese Kickboxing developed into K-1 in 1993. K-1 combines stand up techniques from Muay Thai, Karate, Taekondo, Savate, San Shou, Kickboxing and Western- style boxing. K-1 rules are similar to those of kickboxing the main difference between K-1 rules and kickboxing is the use of knees allowed in K-1.

The letter K in K-1 is officially designated by the organisation as a representation of the words kickboxing, karate and king fu.

 K-1 techniques consist of high kicks, low kicks, knees strikes, punches and defensive movements.

Franchising

Instructor, Sempei or Sensei….the how and who

Any student who becomes a senior black belt, will not be recognised as a Sensei or Sempei until he/she has officially applied for this position through XKT Head Quarters and completed all the outlined courses set by XKT. Upon completion of the course, he/she will undergo a probation period of 12 months, followed by an interview before the Shihankai:- Raymond Phillips, Peet van Breda, Jacque Bosch, Jaco Pretorius, Anita Phillips, (no less than 4 members at the interview).

If a black belt has no interest in becoming a Sempei or Sensei he/she will be known on their level of black belt, (e.g. 1st Degree, 2nd Degree and so on), and will have no Instructor rank. If a lower belt student shows an interest in becoming an Instructor same procedure will be followed as with application of becoming Sempei or Sensei and student will get to wear a special multi-coloured belt, red and white, and higher belts, brown and white. Black belt students who are doing an Instructor course will have a black and white belt.

If any student or black belt student shows initiative in becoming an instructor, his/her Instructor can appoint this student as a “Sempei”. Any person under the age of 21 years cannot be a Sensei unless special permission has been granted by the XKT Shihankai. He/she will be graded according to maturity, responsibility, teaching ability and liability.

 

This is a list of the affiliated and recognised Senseis in XKT:

Sensei Eddie Theron

Sensei Jared Archer

Sensei Rina Labuschagne

Sensei Martin Groenewald

Sensei JP Kruger

Sensei Nicolaas Annandale

Sensei Pieter de Klerk

Sensei Brandt Ehlers

Sensei Albert Wessels

Sensei Matthew Dalton

Sensei Gerhard Bezuidenhout

Sensei Laurence du Plessis

Sensei Johan Vosloo

Instructor

Instructor, Sempei or Sensei….the how and who

Any student who becomes a senior black belt, will not be recognised as a Sensei or Sempei until he/she has officially applied for this position through XKT Head Quarters and completed all the outlined courses set by XKT. Upon completion of the course, he/she will undergo a probation period of 12 months, followed by an interview before the Shihankai:- Raymond Phillips, Peet van Breda, Jacque Bosch, Jaco Pretorius, Anita Phillips, (no less than 4 members at the interview).

If a black belt has no interest in becoming a Sempei or Sensei he/she will be known on their level of black belt, (e.g. 1st Degree, 2nd Degree and so on), and will have no Instructor rank. If a lower belt student shows an interest in becoming an Instructor same procedure will be followed as with application of becoming Sempei or Sensei and student will get to wear a special multi-coloured belt, red and white, and higher belts, brown and white. Black belt students who are doing an Instructor course will have a black and white belt.

If any student or black belt student shows initiative in becoming an instructor, his/her Instructor can appoint this student as a “Sempei”. Any person under the age of 21 years cannot be a Sensei unless special permission has been granted by the XKT Shihankai. He/she will be graded according to maturity, responsibility, teaching ability and liability.

 

This is a list of the affiliated and recognised Senseis in XKT:

Sensei Eddie Theron

Sensei Jared Archer

Sensei Rina Labuschagne

Sensei Martin Groenewald

Sensei JP Kruger

Sensei Nicolaas Annandale

Sensei Pieter de Klerk

Sensei Brandt Ehlers

Sensei Albert Wessels

Sensei Matthew Dalton

Sensei Gerhard Bezuidenhout

Sensei Laurence du Plessis

Sensei Johan Vosloo

sempei

Instructor, Sempei or Sensei….the how and who

Any student who becomes a senior black belt, will not be recognised as a Sensei or Sempei until he/she has officially applied for this position through XKT Head Quarters and completed all the outlined courses set by XKT. Upon completion of the course, he/she will undergo a probation period of 12 months, followed by an interview before the Shihankai:- Raymond Phillips, Peet van Breda, Jacque Bosch, Jaco Pretorius, Anita Phillips, (no less than 4 members at the interview).

If a black belt has no interest in becoming a Sempei or Sensei he/she will be known on their level of black belt, (e.g. 1st Degree, 2nd Degree and so on), and will have no Instructor rank. If a lower belt student shows an interest in becoming an Instructor same procedure will be followed as with application of becoming Sempei or Sensei and student will get to wear a special multi-coloured belt, red and white, and higher belts, brown and white. Black belt students who are doing an Instructor course will have a black and white belt.

If any student or black belt student shows initiative in becoming an instructor, his/her Instructor can appoint this student as a “Sempei”. Any person under the age of 21 years cannot be a Sensei unless special permission has been granted by the XKT Shihankai. He/she will be graded according to maturity, responsibility, teaching ability and liability.

 

This is a list of the affiliated and recognised Senseis in XKT:

Sensei Eddie Theron

Sensei Jared Archer

Sensei Rina Labuschagne

Sensei Martin Groenewald

Sensei JP Kruger

Sensei Nicolaas Annandale

Sensei Pieter de Klerk

Sensei Brandt Ehlers

Sensei Albert Wessels

Sensei Matthew Dalton

Sensei Gerhard Bezuidenhout

Sensei Laurence du Plessis

Sensei Johan Vosloo

Sensei

Instructor, Sempei or Sensei….the how and who

Any student who becomes a senior black belt, will not be recognised as a Sensei or Sempei until he/she has officially applied for this position through XKT Head Quarters and completed all the outlined courses set by XKT. Upon completion of the course, he/she will undergo a probation period of 12 months, followed by an interview before the Shihankai:- Raymond Phillips, Peet van Breda, Jacque Bosch, Jaco Pretorius, Anita Phillips, (no less than 4 members at the interview).

If a black belt has no interest in becoming a Sempei or Sensei he/she will be known on their level of black belt, (e.g. 1st Degree, 2nd Degree and so on), and will have no Instructor rank. If a lower belt student shows an interest in becoming an Instructor same procedure will be followed as with application of becoming Sempei or Sensei and student will get to wear a special multi-coloured belt, red and white, and higher belts, brown and white. Black belt students who are doing an Instructor course will have a black and white belt.

If any student or black belt student shows initiative in becoming an instructor, his/her Instructor can appoint this student as a “Sempei”. Any person under the age of 21 years cannot be a Sensei unless special permission has been granted by the XKT Shihankai. He/she will be graded according to maturity, responsibility, teaching ability and liability.

 

This is a list of the affiliated and recognised Senseis in XKT:

Sensei Eddie Theron

Sensei Jared Archer

Sensei Rina Labuschagne

Sensei Martin Groenewald

Sensei JP Kruger

Sensei Nicolaas Annandale

Sensei Pieter de Klerk

Sensei Brandt Ehlers

Sensei Albert Wessels

Sensei Matthew Dalton

Sensei Gerhard Bezuidenhout

Sensei Laurence du Plessis

Sensei Johan Vosloo

Sponsors

How do I become a sponsor?

It is as easy as sending us a mail or phoning us.

For Pro-fighters contact James on 083 677 0757 or mail him at james@xkt.co.za

For events contact Nelmari on 082 817 3414 or mail her at nelmari@xkt.co.za

Not sure who to phone?  Shoot a message over to Shihan Raymond at rayforce@xkt.co.za or phone him on 083 701 2154

Training

Instructor, Sempei or Sensei….the how and who

Any student who becomes a senior black belt, will not be recognised as a Sensei or Sempei until he/she has officially applied for this position through XKT Head Quarters and completed all the outlined courses set by XKT. Upon completion of the course, he/she will undergo a probation period of 12 months, followed by an interview before the Shihankai:- Raymond Phillips, Peet van Breda, Jacque Bosch, Jaco Pretorius, Anita Phillips, (no less than 4 members at the interview).

If a black belt has no interest in becoming a Sempei or Sensei he/she will be known on their level of black belt, (e.g. 1st Degree, 2nd Degree and so on), and will have no Instructor rank. If a lower belt student shows an interest in becoming an Instructor same procedure will be followed as with application of becoming Sempei or Sensei and student will get to wear a special multi-coloured belt, red and white, and higher belts, brown and white. Black belt students who are doing an Instructor course will have a black and white belt.

If any student or black belt student shows initiative in becoming an instructor, his/her Instructor can appoint this student as a “Sempei”. Any person under the age of 21 years cannot be a Sensei unless special permission has been granted by the XKT Shihankai. He/she will be graded according to maturity, responsibility, teaching ability and liability.

 

This is a list of the affiliated and recognised Senseis in XKT:

Sensei Eddie Theron

Sensei Jared Archer

Sensei Rina Labuschagne

Sensei Martin Groenewald

Sensei JP Kruger

Sensei Nicolaas Annandale

Sensei Pieter de Klerk

Sensei Brandt Ehlers

Sensei Albert Wessels

Sensei Matthew Dalton

Sensei Gerhard Bezuidenhout

Sensei Laurence du Plessis

Sensei Johan Vosloo

Training and Classes

What is Boxing?

In general, boxers are prohibited from hitting below the belt, holding, tripping, pushing, biting, or spitting. The boxer's shorts are raised so the opponent is not allowed to hit to the groin area with intent to cause pain or injury. Failure to abide by the former may result in a foul or wallet slap. They also are prohibited from kicking, head-butting, or hitting with any part of the arm other than the knuckles of a closed fist (including hitting with the elbow, shoulder or forearm, as well as with open gloves, the wrist, the inside, back or side of the hand). They are prohibited as well from hitting the back, back of the neck or head (called a "rabbit-punch") or the kidneys. They are prohibited from holding the ropes for support when punching, holding an opponent while punching, or ducking below the belt of their opponent (dropping below the waist of your opponent, no matter the distance between). If a "clinch" – a defensive move in which a boxer wraps his or her opponents arms and holds on to create a pause – is broken by the referee, each fighter must take a full step back before punching again (alternatively, the referee may direct the fighters to "punch out" of the clinch). When a boxer is knocked down, the other boxer must immediately cease fighting and move to the furthest neutral corner of the ring until the referee has either ruled a knockout or called for the fight to continue.

What does it take to become a Professional Fighter?

A fighter who wants to turn Pro should have at least 30-40 amateur fights behind him and have an amateur record of min 75% wins.

If you would like to turn Pro you can contact Shihan Raymond Phillips via email:  rayforce@xkt.co.za

Instructor, Sempei or Sensei….the how and who

Any student who becomes a senior black belt, will not be recognised as a Sensei or Sempei until he/she has officially applied for this position through XKT Head Quarters and completed all the outlined courses set by XKT. Upon completion of the course, he/she will undergo a probation period of 12 months, followed by an interview before the Shihankai:- Raymond Phillips, Peet van Breda, Jacque Bosch, Jaco Pretorius, Anita Phillips, (no less than 4 members at the interview).

If a black belt has no interest in becoming a Sempei or Sensei he/she will be known on their level of black belt, (e.g. 1st Degree, 2nd Degree and so on), and will have no Instructor rank. If a lower belt student shows an interest in becoming an Instructor same procedure will be followed as with application of becoming Sempei or Sensei and student will get to wear a special multi-coloured belt, red and white, and higher belts, brown and white. Black belt students who are doing an Instructor course will have a black and white belt.

If any student or black belt student shows initiative in becoming an instructor, his/her Instructor can appoint this student as a “Sempei”. Any person under the age of 21 years cannot be a Sensei unless special permission has been granted by the XKT Shihankai. He/she will be graded according to maturity, responsibility, teaching ability and liability.

 

This is a list of the affiliated and recognised Senseis in XKT:

Sensei Eddie Theron

Sensei Jared Archer

Sensei Rina Labuschagne

Sensei Martin Groenewald

Sensei JP Kruger

Sensei Nicolaas Annandale

Sensei Pieter de Klerk

Sensei Brandt Ehlers

Sensei Albert Wessels

Sensei Matthew Dalton

Sensei Gerhard Bezuidenhout

Sensei Laurence du Plessis

Sensei Johan Vosloo

What do Kids classes entail?

Kids classes are approximately 50 min long.

The first 15 minutes is focused on fitness and the rest of the time is the same as the adult classes.

The beginners will be separated from the advanced students for the same reason as the adult beginners.

What other courses does XKT offer?

Other than our normal weekly training sessions, we also cover Self-defense classes for Women, Kids and Men

We also do Weapons Training courses, Private Training sessions, First Aid courses and Boot Camps/Fitness Camps.

What does the Self-defense classes entail?

We offer 3 different classes.  Our focus is split between Self Defense for womenSelf Defense for kids and Self Defense for men.

What does a training session entail?

Adult classes are approximately 1h 15 min long.

The first 20 minutes is focused on fitness and depending on what day of the week it is the rest of the time will be spent on Kickboxing, Mauy Thai or MMA.

Beginners are separated from the advanced students for the first few classes to learn the basic techniques.

How to correctly tie your belt

This is a very important aspect of your attire.  This video demonstrates the correct method.  You are required to wear you belt at training sessions as well as at gradings and events.

XKT Accreditations

What does it take to become a Professional Fighter?

A fighter who wants to turn Pro should have at least 30-40 amateur fights behind him and have an amateur record of min 75% wins.

If you would like to turn Pro you can contact Shihan Raymond Phillips via email:  rayforce@xkt.co.za