Japanese martial arts including “Kendo”, “Karate do”, “Judo”, “Aikido”, “Kyudo” have been developed by Japanese traditional way of battle to kill and control opponents. In the war century it was used to kill people, and then gradually it has changed its purpose.

That is:

“To build up one’s character and personality through body & mind discipline”
“To seek perfection of character while training the martial art skill”

All martial arts include and set the goals below:
– Everyone is allowed to participate regardless ages and sex by their own goals and purposes
– Doing not only for “win and lose” but also to enrich their personality such as “respecting others”, “cooperative skill”, “taking responsibility”
– Accomplishing “perseverance and putting effort” while training


Karate: Pakuranga Karate Club (Shotokan ryu)
Judo: Judo Kong
Aikido: Buikukai Aikido, The Koru Dojo

  • Kendo is developed from a murder swordplay in the Edo era (1600 – 1860). Afterward, it became a performance then since long, it formed into the way of the milestone of human development.
  • Now, a bamboo sword is being used in Kendo and it does not aim only for win and lose, but to enhance perseverance and put effort within Kendo training.
  • Kendo improves:
    – The concentration and clear judgement with the fight alone situation.
    – The power of leap into motion instantaneously due to requiring faster movement than the opponent.

Kendo Club in Auckland…

Karate do 空手道

Karate is becoming one of the sports but the ultimate goal is to build up indomitable spirit and robust body and also to keep seeking the perfection of character while learning karate.

It has been developed as the art of self-defence based on basic movement using every single part of one’s muscle which has strong power to control the opponent with each punch and kick. It includes beautiful strength, fast speed of the motion, well-balanced body and various motions are the special feature.

Karate has been taken a part of physical education because in karate training, use all of body parts by moving right and left, and up and down. Therefore, unused muscle in daily life can be used and trained in karate.

Karate was from Okinawa and spread into Japan in 1920. Karate means “using bare hand without any things to fight.” There are 4 different department “Shotokan ryu”, “Goju ryu”, “Wado ryu”, “Shito ryu” and one specific type “Kyokushin.”


This Shotokan karate is the most well-known karate style and learnt in the world. It includes more dynamic movement than others. Also when you explode the attack and technique, there are 2 upper body movements “straight” and “45 degree” postures are used. This is also the character of this karate.

Shotokan Karate in Auckland…

  • karate 空手
    Sensei: Karl Naoroji
    Website : http://www.pakurangakarateclub.org.nz/
    Phone : 027 492 2234
    Email: naoroji@yahoo.co.nz
  • Some senior members from Pakuranga Karate Club took a part of
    the Karate World Cup 2011!!
    Learn karate from sophisticated them and get an opportunity to find
    your possibility in our Dojo!!


Wado ryu is based on “dodging technique” and “using the opponent’s power for attacking.” The maximum power can be used, and the techniques can be exploded at the best timing.


Shito ryu contains all styles from all karate and jujutsu. It is not only punch and kick but also using locking technique and throwing trick.


It was developed in NAHA which is different part from other styles (they were from Shuri) so Goju ryu is using little different style. It has specific characters and definitions below:
– Focusing on breathing: Mind and body concentration to be more active all the body parts.
– Using combination techniques for infighting.
– Control yourself and the opponent.


In the 4 departments of karate explained above are defined “sparring without any contact.” However, Kyokushin kai produced different style called “full-count karate.” It means you are allowed to attack any place except face and similar to combative sports.

Judo 柔道

Judo 柔道Nowadays, Judo is in a part of Olympic competition and forming to sports.

Judo is similar to Jujutsu but the big difference is Jujutsu is based on the art of murder but it is removed in Judo. Therefore, anyone can start doing easily. Basic ideology is cooperating and respecting all people relating your Judo, and then build up character perfectly.

In Judo, when you compete with the opponent, there are lots of tactics in the battle. What the good and interesting point of Judo is, be good at battle tactic in a game, then achieving the best technique and get the best judgement.

Judo in Auckland…

  • Judo 柔道
    Judo Kong

    Coach: Rick Littlewood
    Website : http://www.judokong.com/
    Phone : +64 275 989 585
    Email: r.littlewood@xtra.co.nz“We all welcome your participation!! Feel free to join our club and get a new opportunity from leaning judo!”

In Aikido, There is no any game and competition.
That means, there is no “win or lose” and “which is stronger and weaker.”
Therefore, it is the only training for own mind and body.
If anyone wants to improve aikido more, it is endless. That is the good point of doing Aikido. Never be perfect but can be better.

Aikido in Auckland…

  • aikido 合気道
    Buikukai Aikido
    Chief Instructor: Junichi Nishimura
    Website : http://www.aikido.buiku.org.nz
    Email: contact@buiku.org.nzAikido is the fastest growing “non-competitive” martial art worldwide. The ultimate intention is to disarm opponents through applying accurate timing and body-learnt techniques to your opponent, leading to a single conclusion where your opponent is guided into constrained pins, locks or unstable angles.
  • aikido 合気道
    The Koru Dojo
    Website : http://www.korudojo.co.nz/
    Phone : 64-7-866-2248
    Place : 363 Mill Creek Road, RD1, Whitianga,New Zealand 3591
    Email: david@aikido.co.nzLocated on the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, The Koru Dojo welcomes visitors from all round the world who may wish to experience mind-body training (aikido) in beautiful natural surroundings. There is no need to be an experienced aikido practitioner and complete beginners are also welcome. The Koru Dojo can accommodate groups as well as individuals.

What is the different point of Kyudo compared with other martial arts?
That is opponent is not a person, it is just “a target.”
So it is simple and can enjoy even just oneself.
It only can be relied on a bodily sensation, and get easily from environments such as audience and other people who are doing kyudo beside.

In Kyudo, you can improve “unwavering spirit” and “concentration for achieving the target.”

Kyudo in Auckland…

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