***1st, 2nd & 3rd March, Slovakia, Kaicho Raffi attend Special Forces Camp in Slovakia.***14th March, Israel, Bodyguard and V.I.P. protection seminar in Israel.*** 5th, 6th and 7th April, Italy, Seminar in Italy with Kaicho Liven.*** 15th June, Denmark, Liven Cup 2013 and the first World Championship in Sho Shin Karate Do.*** 16th June, Denmark, Fighting seminar.***

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Sydney Faiga

Sydney Faiga

(1932 - 2009 )

I was born in Johannesburg, 9/12/32. At the age of 18' I started to learn Judo at Shi-Heun Amateur Judo Association of South Africa where I got my black belt in Judo. I then started to learn with an Instructor by the name of Charles Robbins, where I was granted 4th Dan. In those days Karate was  little known.

 

I Immigrated to Israel in October 1960 and went onto a farm called Moledet in the Gilboa area. Dennis Hanover also lived there and together we started teaching Martial Arts on the farm. Dennis left to start a Dojo in Tel Aviv. I remained on Moledet. The Dojo in Moledet grew to a Martial Arts center, which has approximately 12 Dojos under the Shi Heun Martial Arts center with 1250 pupils.

 

I was one of the Founders of the Israeli Karate Federation and for a period of time I was the President. I took the first National Karate team to France to compete in WUKO World Karate championship. I was on the committee of the Maccabi Games, where Karate became a recognized sport of competition.

 

I was also in charge of the karate section of Hapoel which is affiliated to the Labor Party. I organized the first championship of Hapoel where teams came from Europe to participate . I also took a team to Sicily, Italy for the first Karate championship of C.S.I.T.

 

I trained Special Forces of the Border Police and Army Special Forces. Shi-Heun is recognized by the Education Dept. of Israel as a recognized style. Also recognized by: Israel Sport Federation and Wingate Institute of Instructors.

 

My son Roy Faiga was born in South Africa and is a 7th Dan. He is Shi-Heun chief Instructor. Roy was the Israel National Champion. He was the trainer of the Israeli National Team for 12 years. During that time he took teams all around the world. One of the competitions was at Sun City, South Africa.

 

The first Martial Arts School in Israel was on Moledet, until then there was only Judo in Israel. I feel privileged to have been one of the forefathers in bringing this wonderful art to Israel.

 

Shi-Heun is a system that incorporates Karate, Judo, Boxing. We specialized in Self Defense against all attacks: knives, guns and sticks. We also reach combat shooting with hand guns as my son is a recognized instructor of combat shooting. I hav been involved in the Martial Arts for 53 years and still instructing.

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