April 1, 2010

Fighting for the human soul of karate

Filed under: sports — newritings @ 8:36 am

from SA with love
grand master

After many decades in karate grandmaster Solly Said has started his own style and school, based in South Africa. It is called Ken To Fude No Ryu Kenshu Kai Karate International, and grandmaster Said tells us that ¨students have been flocking to the school in droves.¨ 8th dan Said has trained under Mas Oyama amongst other great teachers.

(Address: 49 Mint Road & 54 Crown Road (Above Steers)- Fordsburg – Johannesburg – Gauteng – South Africa)

Over the past few months, a fight for the human soul of Karate was taking place which pitted hanchi Solly Said head to head with his former teacher Nakamura.

To be more precise, the dispute began during the year 2009 when hanchi  Solly Said (Saids Karate) received notice that the domain name-s: was being contested by Allstates Global Karate Do, Inc. d/b/a World Seido Karate Organization.

The matter was being heard  before an impartial arbitrator  specializing in Domain Disputes of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL). According to their website, the institute was established in 1954 and represents about 140 patent attorneys, patent agents and trade mark practitioners in South Africa who specialise in the field of Intellectual Property Law.  Their field they inform us deals with law relating “to patents, trade marks, registered designs, copyright and unlawful competition (passing-off of trade secrets). It also includes litigation, licensing and franchising.”

all colours united

What is interesting is that this battle was fought over the internet and in the tribunals about who the real owners of the Seido name was, particulary in South Africa.  A fellow student told me that this represented the classic David vs Goliath fight, and what started off as a dispute over domain names may today have wider ramifications.  But I run ahead of myself and ask the reader to look at the following documents for themselves, suffice it to say that the matter was heard initially by an arbitrator who ruled in favour of Said, but this was appealed. These  documents are attached below for your perusal.

en To Fude No Ryu Kenshu Ka

sai1-0001 suliman said’s commissioned affidavit


Appeal Notice 3.0

PS. What is a domain name?

IP Addresses are hard to remember. The DNS makes using the Internet easier by allowing a familiar string of letters (the “domain name”) to be used instead of the arcane IP address. So instead of typing, you can type It is a “mnemonic” device that makes addresses easier to remember.


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