Competing at the Maccabiah in karate is one of the greatest highlights of any Jewish karate-ka’s competition calendar. Maccabi SA first competed at the 1973 Games, later winning four medals at the 1977 Games and eight medals in 1981, including Team gold. The 90’s were also a great success for Team SA who bagged a further 16 medals. Many of these medals were won by SA’s legendary world champions, father-and-son Malcolm and Dr Shane Dorfman, 8th Dan and 7th Dan respectively.


Following Team SA’s excellent performances in 2005 and 2013 where all entrants won medals, Maccabi SA Karate is now looking to expand and strengthen the programme. They do not discriminate between styles of karate or Dojos, instead the priorities are commitment to the team, training and upholding the value system. Preparations for the 2017 Games will commence in early 2016 with the formation of a larger squad, training sessions at various Dojos and selection tournaments.

Keep an eye on this page for updates on 2017 Games preparations and also follow the Maccabi SA Karate Facebook group: Maccabi Karate SA.

For more information on karate, please contact Maccabi SA Karate Convenor Bradley Elin on karate@maccabi.co.za and you can also follow him on Twitter @bradelin.