Oscar KnoesterSensei Oscar’s judo career started at the tender age of 3 with his father, Sensei Joe. He was a hard task master on and off the mat, and discipline was high at all times. At the age of 13 he represented his province for the first time. In these early years he achieved many titles such as Sportsman of the year for Judo South Africa. He captained the junior and senior men’s team for his province for many years. He won his first senior SA Open at the age of 16 (u86kg’s) and from 1981 he represented SA on many occasions in England, Holland, Germany. Belgium, Switzerland, Israel, Zimbabwe and Taiwan. He also trained in many countries all over the World. During the 80’s he represented SA in the military as well as the combined forces teams overseas and qualified as an international coach in Japan in the early 90’s. Sensei Oscar was head of refereeing and coaching for SA for a number of years.
He is a qualified World Referee and the first and only South African Referee to achieve the status of representing South Africa at the 2012 London Olympics.
In his career as a coach he produced many Provincial and National champions and International players.
Sensei Oscar retired as a competitor at the age of 38, to focus on his coaching and refereeing. He currently holds a sixth Dan grading and is still the Head coach at KANO INSTITUTE.
He is an outdoor enthusiast, is a long standing member of the Bushveld Conservation Bureau and loves being in nature, hunting, trout fishing, spear-fishing and diving.