Karatedo Shitokai New Zealand

Founded in 1966 by Sensei Bob Dalton. New Zealand Representative for WSKF and APSKF

(Founder) Late Sensei Bob Dalton, 8th DAN




Sensei Bob Dalton with over 50 years as a Karateka, began training in Karate/Judo in 1962 under Mr. Laurie Hargreaves and after a move to Whangarei in 1966, opened his own dojo in conjunction with a then Judo instructor (Owen Dwyer).

Wanting to examine different styles, Sensei Bob changed to Seikukan Karate in 1975, becoming a member of Seikukan Australia under the late  Sensei John Halpin. Through the Seikukan system, Sensei Bob graded through to 5th Dan.

In 1976, Sensei Bob was a founding member of The Union Of NZ Karatedo Organisations, (now Karate New Zealand), serving then as the National Secretary and later as the National Treasurer until 2010.

Continuining to seek knowledge in karatedo, 1995 saw the change to Kofukan Shitoryu under Sensei Keiji  Tomiyama and Brian Davis, the NZ Kofukan Head instructor. After 8 years, Sensei Bob left Kofukan Shitoryu in March 2003 to formally open what is now Karatedo Shitoryu New Zealand.

  • Qualified Oceania Kata Judge and Kumite Referee
  • Kata Coach New Zealand Team (2000 - 2005)
  • 2000 and 2001 Named Karate New Zealand "Coach of the Year" at the Annual Karate New Zealand Awards
  • 2002 Oceania Karate Champs, Kata Coach for NZ Team, with four Shitokai New Zealand club members taking 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals
  • 2004 Oceania, Kata Coach for NZ Team, with five Shitokai New Zealand club members taking 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze medals, including NZ first Female Junior Kata Champion and NZ first Senior Kata Medal, Male and Female - Silver
  • Introduced to Yukimitsu Hasegawa Sensei and has been bringing him to New Zealand every year since to help Karatedo Shitokai and its students
  • 2007 Karatedo Shitokai New Zealand formally accepted as the New Zealand representative by both the World Shitoryu Karate Federation (WSKF) and the Asia Pacific Shitoryu Karate Federation (APSKF)
  • 2008 Oceania Championships in Auckland, Silver in the Junior Women Kata, Bronze in Senior Women Kata and Silver in the Junior Men Kata.
  • 2008 Shitokai New Zeland expanded with a new club in Palmerston North joining the organisation
  • 2009 Travelled by invitation to New Caledonia by Karatedo Shitoryu Nouvelle Caledonie to provide teachings to their students using Hasegawa Sensei techniques. Forging a relationship, Karatedo Shitokai New Zealand and Karatedo Shitoryu Nouvelle Caledonie become "Sister Clubs"
  • 2009 Student named NZ Junior Woman Kata representative in the NZ team to the World Junior Champs in Morocco
  • 2009 Six competitors to the WSKF Champs in Beijing. Silver in the 17/18 years Female kata and Bronze in the 17/18 years Male kata
  • 2009 Junior and Senior Womens Kata champion at Sugihara Cup
  • 2010 Shitokai New Zeland growth continues with the opening of Kamo Whangarei
  • 2010 Oceania in Tahiti, Gold for the Senior Woman Kata Champion, Male and Female Silver in Kumite. Karatedo Shitoryu Nouvelle Caledonie in the New Caledonia team, Bronze Senior Womans and Silver in Junior Woman Kata
  • 2010 Northland Secondary Schools sports awards, Students win the Karate Code Awards and the Northland Secondary Schools Sportswoman of the year title.
  • 2010 Northland Sports Awards, Students win their respective Karate Code Awards and also taking the -21 Northland Sportsperson of the year (Gary Frew Memorial Trophy)
  • 2011 New Caledonian Open Senior Woman Kata Champion
  • 2011 NZ Senior Woman Kata Champion, plus Senior Men Kata Silver Medallist
  • 2011 Sugihara International Cup Senior Woman Kata Champion (for second time), plus Senior Men Kata Bronze Medallist.
  • 2011 Four students selected in NZ team for Commonwealths Championships in Sydney: Commonwealths -21 Womens Kata Champion, Junior Women -48kg Kumite Champion, Senior Women Kata Silver Medallist, -21 Mens Kata Bronze Medallist.
  • 2011 student selected for NZ team to World -21 Championships, Malaysia, makes quarter final of -21 Womens Kata, the first time ever acheived at a World Championship by any NZ Woman.
  • 2011 Northland Secondary Schools Sports Awards, students win Male and Female Karate code awards, and Northland Secondary Schools Sportswoman of the year award.
  • 2011 Northland Sports awards. Student wins Female karate code award, then -21 Northland Sportsperson of the Year award (for the second consecutive year), finally winning the premier Female award, the Northland Sportswoman of the Year award, making her the premier Sportswoman of any code in Northland for 2011.