Bloemfontein Martial Arts Academy is part of Chu Jin Karate International. Our founder and International Chief Instructor is Kaicho Elias Jacobs (8th Dan Hanshi), and the Co-Founder is Kyhoshi Dave Millar.
Kyoshi Elias Jacobs started Karate on the 20th of January, 1970 with Shukokai Karate Sensei Eric Smith and Sensei Gilbert Pears (45 years in karate).
- 1980 : He started with Sensei Chris Thompson at the Samurai Dojo in Claremont.
- 1990 : Graded to 4th Dan by Kimura Sensei whom also appointed him on the Master Panel (Shihankai) in South Africa
- 1995 : Graded as 5th Dan by Sensei Chris Thompson at the Head Office in Claremont Dojo
- 2001 : Graded as 6th Dan by Soke Takeshi Masuyama of Japan in Durban South Africa
- 2002 : He became the official direct students of Soke Takeshi Masuyama
- 2007 : Graded as 7th Dan by Soke Takeshi Masuyama in Head Quarters in Kobe City Japan
Karate Official History
- Chief Referee of Karate Boland
- President of Karate
- Become the Chief Instructor/President for RIKDOSA in March 2002
- Team Manager with the Senior Team competing at Senior World Championships (WKF) that was held in 2008 in Japan
- Key role-player with organising the Africa Union Championships that was held in 2010 in the Velodome in Cape Town.
- He was inducted in South Africa Karate Hall of Fame
- Best administrator for Karate South Africa
- Best administrator for Boland Sport Confederation
- Sport Legend for the Western Cape
- Life Time Achiever by Boland Sport Confederation
- Appointed as the Higher Brother of RIKF, he is the only one allowed to sit with Soke Takeshi Masuyama when countries meet with Soke in Japan.