8th Dan Karate no Michi in 2000: Highest Dan level ever awarded to a non Japanese by a major official Japanese Shotokan organisation. Also the youngest and only non Japanese to pass this examination at the first attempt.
7th Dan JKA Shotokan in 1994: Highest Dan level ever awarded to a non Japanese by the Japan Karate Association. (Shadan Hojin Nihon Karate Kyokai).
6th Dan JKA Shotokan in 1986: Highest Dan level ever awarded to a non Japanese by M. Nakayama Shihan, the late Chief Instructor of the Japan Karate Association. (Shadan Hojin Nihon Karate Kyokai -- prior to the split).
Personal Karate Sporting Achievements:
Springbok: Member of the Springbok team for 9 years, commencing in 1970. Springbok captain in 1978.
Referee: Chief Referee of South Africa for 12 years, commencing 1982.
Coach: National Coach of the first ever Protea team in 1993.
International Championship achievements: Winner of several international titles in a competition career that spanned 27 years (1967 to 1993)
South African Sport Merit Award:
Awarded in 1979 for personal achievements in 1978
Awarded in 1982 for coaching achievements in 1981
South African All-Styles Karate:
Founder member of first official non-racial all-styles karate organisation in South Africa (KASA) in 1993
Awarded 8th Dan by KASA for technical contribution to the development of karate in South Africa
National Executive Member since inception to date.
Currently, official Technical Director of all-styles karate in South Africa.
Status in Japan & Worldwide:
Assistant World Chief Instructor of Karatenomichi World Federation.
Member of the Karatenomichi World Federation ‘Saiko-Shihankai’ (Supreme Master Panel) – one of the original three members.
Holds the highest rank ever awarded to a non Japanese member of a JKA-Shotokan mainline association
Awarded the rank of A-class Instructor, A-class Examiner & A-class Judge by the Japan Karate Association (JKA) in 1994.
Re-awarded the rank of A-class Instructor, A-class Examiner & A-class Judge by the Karatenomichi World Federation (KWF) on its inception in 1999.
Appointed as World Cup Supervisor at the KWF World Cup in 2002-2007
Appointed by the World Shotokan Karate-do Association (WSKA) as African Continent Director in 2001.
Member of the WSKA Referee Qualifications Panel for the World Championship in 2005.
Students' Sporting Achievements:
Produced many Springbok and Protea members and many world, international and national senior and junior champions, among which are his two sons.
Shane Dorfman – achieved many honours, inter alia, 7 times KWF World Chamion, WSKA All-Shotokan World Champion, KWF Japan Open Kumite Champion, captain of the National Protea team, national senior South African champion for 11 successive years as well as junior South African titles from the age of 6 to 17years.
Saville Dorfman - also achieved many honours, inter alia, member of the National Junior and senior Protea team, Karatenomichi (KWF) Junior World Champion, KWF Junior Japan Champion, 2003 Miami International Champion as well as national junior South African champion for 10 years from the age of 7 to 17 years.
Chief Instructor of the KWF South Africa National Team - overall Team champions at the Karatenomichi World Championships in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2007.
Sporting & Recreational:
Malcolm Shihan is an avid alpine skier who spends some time every year skiing in Verbier, Switzerland and Vail (USA).
In South Africa, he spends much time at the Virgin Active Gymnasium supplementing his karate training with body conditioning.
In his spare time he reads, especially on the subject of Japanese and European history of the feudal period.