what chidokan karate training offers you


develop fitness and strength

Students are taught to work hard on their bodies in the knowledge that the mind will reap the benefits later on. Even the unfit person can safely begin training and will soon enjoy the benefits through our specially designed programmes. Children aged from 6 to 15 years will learn age-appropriate, authentic karate. Belt promotions and sport karate activities are part of the junior syllabus.

awareness and self-confidence

Young people (6-15 years) learn self-confidence, develop character and a feeling for fair play. They enjoy the results earned through effort. Bullying can be a real problem; not only at school, but also on the streets - karate-do training helps our young people deal with such situations.

For adults (16+ years) - it’s never too late. The desire to learn karate-do, or return after an absence, can be realised. Karate-do training is geared to your level of fitness, knowledge and ability. A typical class includes young and old, male and female. You are given every encouragement while you train at your own pace.

structured training syllabus

NZ Chidokan has a grading system in which anyone, who conscientiously practices, can advance. The grade system is intended to stimulate the desire to progress further and to build self-confidence. The novice begins karate-do training at Chidokan wearing a shirobi (white belt).  As the pupil’s knowledge, ability and attitude  improve, promotion is indicated by the right to wear a different colour obi (belt).  These coloured obi are referred to as KYU grades. Through continual training we progress from one grade to the next as our technique improves.

proven, effective self-defence

Since its beginnings in New Zealand almost 50 years ago, Chidokan has taught authentic Japanese-style karate to many thousands of New Zealanders. Chidokan is a well-established organisation headed by Japan-trained professional instructors. You will receive top-level, professionally conducted instruction at all Chidokan dojos. Short, effective self-defence courses are also available for those with limited time or interest in learning a martial art. Contact us for full details.

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About Us


Chidokan NZ Background

Chidokan was originally established in 1954 in Japan by Takeshi Sasaki, with his brother, Kiyoshi Sasaki, as chief instructor (Shihandai). The Chidokan Hombu dojo was situated at Nippori, Tokyo. Sims Sensei completed a full-time training programme there in 1967 and returned to New Zealand to introduce the Chidokan style of karate into the South Pacific region. The first Chidokan dojo to be established outside of Japan was opened in Auckland in 1968. There are now dojos located in West Auckland (New Lynn), South Auckland (Papatoetoe) and North Shore (Takapuna) - see Contact page for details. Chidokan NZ continues to maintain strong links to Japan and there are also Chidokan dojos in Australia, Switzerland and Canada, with affiliated dojos in Sri Lanka and India.

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Kiyoshi Sasaki Sensei
Master Kiyoshi Sasaki Sensei
Kancho Sims' teacher & mentor

Shihan-dai Chidokan Hombu Dojo, Japan

Kancho Jack Sims - founder of Chidoakn NZ
Kancho Jack Sims Sensei
Kudan (9th Dan)

Chidokan NZ Founder and Chief Instructor

Shihan Neil Parker - Dojocho Takapuna
Shihan Neil Parker Sensei
Hachidan (8th Dan)

Dojo-cho at Takapuna Dojo

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