Shizoku Martial Arts is a Christchurch kempo karate club that uses proven street smart self-defense techniques from around the globe. Focused on inspiring students to be their best through life skill education and martial arts.
The Academy was founded in February 2014 by Allan Youl (3rd Dan Shotokan and 1st Dan in 2 other karate styles) and is affiliated to the SIA Shotokan International Alliance under the guidance of Sensei Edmond Otis (8th Dan)
We have classes for all ages, starting from 4 years old. Great for kids in developing coordination and focus. Plus lots of fun with a few games thrown in.
Our adult training can be as hard and challenging as you want to make it. We will encourage you to push yourself beyond your perceived limits. This type of training and philosophy can benefit anyone in all aspects of their lives.
The foundations of karate at the Turangi Karate Club, and the very reason we train, is to improve ourselves, to work hard and take resposibility to make ourselves into someone of good character and integrity and to do our part in creating and shaping a better future for our world.
At Otonga we teach traditional shotokan karate in a family friendly environment. It is a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus.
Karate help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. A typical hour-long class begins with a warm-up, students then practice particular skills which includes kicks, punches and blocks. Each requires concentration and strict attention.
Testing for each new level is a good exercise in setting and achieving goals.
Probably the most important benefit is the respect that the students learn. For kids it often carries over into school, helping to improve behaviour and even grades.
Bushijutsu literally translates as "The Art of the Warrior", this style includes the study of kenjutsu (art of the sword), jojutsu (art of the short staff) and taijutsu (art of the body, empty handed). Studying the arts of the samurai also incorporates strict etiquette and discipline as well as knowledge and history of the samurai. Each art incorporates training in basic techniques, partner practice, sparring and forms