SHITOKAI NEW ZEALAND
Karatedo Shitokai New Zealand was first founded in Whangarei, New Zealand by Sensei Bob Dalton (8th DAN) in 1966 and closely follows the teachings of Kenwa Mabuni. Sensei Bob had over 48 years of Karateka experience, having first started his training in 1962. Sensei Bob was a founding member of Karate New Zealand and of the Karate New Zealand Coaching Council.
Welcome to Karatedo Shitokai New Zealand WSKF, APSKF
KARATEDO SHITOKAI NEW ZEALAND, a style of Karate known as Shitoryu founded by the late Kenwa Mabuni, being one of the four major styles in the world. The two most well known areas associated with Karate in Okinawa were Naha and Shuri. In the late 19th century the most famous grandmaster in Shuri was Itosu and in Naha the grandmaster was Higaonna. Kenwa Mabuni was a student of both grandmasters, and out of respect for his teachers named his style of Karate "Shitoryu".
Karatdo Shitokai New Zealand actively competes in International, National and Local competitions, as well as having many members who have been New Zealand Representatives at the World Championships and Oceania Tournaments.
All classes are mixed, with adults and children training together with all gradings being conducted under the World Shitokai Karate Federation grading guidelines.
Training is focussed on Kihon, Kata and Self Defence systems. Specilised training is provided for advance students who are competing in Kumite and Kata events.
Karate training and self defence has multiple benefits. You will learn karate kihon (basics), kata (fight sequences and bunkai), kumite (sparring) and how these can be applied to techniques for self defence.
As you progress through your training, you will be challenged physically and mentally and at times you may just feel that it is all to much. It is at those times when your karate training will begin to work for you and with mental and physical practice, your mind and body will adjust and hence, your overall well being.
Continued training will improve your coordination, balance, self confidence, fitness, flexibility and mental concentration.
Why Train with Us
Karate requires mental awareness and concentration. Blocking out distractions and focusing on what is in front of you hones your both of these skills. In addition to these, you will also develop Self-Confidence, Self-Respect and Respect for others.
Karate is known to have positive effects on Flexibility, Strength, Power and Cardio. Combining these four factors, it help increase your balance and coordination.
Karate is a traditional stand up self-defense Martial Arts discipline which is becoming more and more dominant in Mixed Martial Arts. It can certainly help you with defending yourself.
Karate is not a solo sport but also something the whole family can do together. We have several families at training with us and also a high level of family support for the students training with us.
Shitokai New Zealand is the only authorised New Zealand Representitive member for both the World Shitoryu Karate Federation (WSKF) and the Asia Pacific Shitoryu Federation (APSKF) and our grading are all examined by our DAN Instructors, Sensei Murray Burns (5th DAN) and Sensei Dave Nuku (4th DAN).
We are a member of Karate New Zealand in addition the the Shitoryu International bodies. We compete at the World Shitoryu Championships, International and New Zealand. Competitions in both Kumite and Kata can be entered in. Karate is also now a Olympic Sports, first entered in the Tokyo 2020.
Karatedo Shitokai New Zealand (Whangarei)
Saint francis Xavier Parish Hall
65 Park Avenue
Training Times - Tuesday & Thursday 5:30pm till 7:00pm
Whangarei Head Instructor - Murray Burns (5th Dan)
Karatedo Shitokai New Zealand (Palmerston North)
Palmerston North Dojo
Palmerston North Head Instructor - Dave Nuku (4th Dan)
Association Shitoryu Karatedo Nouvelle Caledonie
President - Marie Jo Saintpierre
Head Instructor - Clement Leroux (3rd Dan)
Karatedo Shitokai New Zealand. Member of the
World Shitoryu Karate Federation (WSKF), the
Asian Pacific Shitoryu Karate Federation (APSKF)
and Karate New Zealand. Shitokai New Zealand is
affiliated with the Hasegawa Karate School, Kofu, Japan.
KARATEDO SHITOKAI NEW ZEALAND