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To the Takahashi-ha no Ryukyu - Shuri-te Karate-do Association of New Zealand; which was first intoduced into New Zealand in 1962 by the late Takahashi Kentsu - Soke, 10th Dan (1900-1994)

Garry O'Connor Hanshi was the first New Zealand deshi (student) to study under Takahashi Soke, and today he has been ackowledged as the last documented legitimate senior student of Osensei Takahashi, after the death of Ichou Ito Shihan in 2006. Today our traditional martial arts heritage continues through O'Connor Hanshi our principal Instructor sharing the teachings of:Takahashi - ha no Ryukyu - Shuri te .

We are deeply passionate about preserving our Traditional Karate Do lineage, with integrity and respect. We sincerely belive in bringing out the "very best" in our students at all levels of instruction, therefore teaching a profound martial art and it's culture; from Okinawa - Japan.

"New Members are always welcomed."

Our Traditional Okinawan Karate Dojo is located at The Whitikahu Community Hall Taupiri - Waikato.

Karate Do Classes For Adults


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6.30pm to 8.30pm, Tues and Thurs.

Karate Do Classes For Children:

6.30pm to 7.30pm, Tues and Thurs.

Our Traditional Karate Do Classes are based on proven teaching methods, where our focus is on significant personal development, building self-confidence and respect in all of our students.Therefore developing effective martial art skills with courtesy and respect.

Takahashi - ha no Ryukyu - Shur-te New Zealand Association.

The New Zealand Association; is a Shibu - Branch Dojo of Hombu Dojo, that teaches the traditional art under the registration of O'Connor Hanshi - Judan-10th Dan; The Principal Instructor for Oceania.

Mark Thornton Sensei is the New Zealand Association representative, he hold in trust the position of Dojo Cho, under the traditional compliance of the Hombu Dojo.

Mark Thornton Sensei, trains directly under O'Connor Hanshi at The Oceania Hombu Dojo. His dedication and effort given to the New Zealand Association and it's members is appreaciated by all.

Contact phone numbers

Mark Thornton Sensei

Dojo Cho

Mobile: 0274 200910

Taylor Martinovic Shodan

Dojo Instructor

Mobile: 0272 660110

Gavin Martinovic Sempai

Dojo Sempai

Mobile: 0272 407397

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