One of the most respected and well recognised sports is traditional karate. This is well deserved because by training in Karate gives benefit regardless of age, race, nationality or gender. Our students start as young as four years of age and some train into their sixties.
Karate Auckland students can train at their own pace. So whether you just want to learn self defense, improve your fitness or get into serious tournament training, we are a good choice. Our Karate classes are disciplined yet fun, allowing the whole family to train together, learn and develop.
Our club is based on the traditional Goju style with a heavy emphasis on the old fashioned values of respect and courtesy. Please feel free to check our values here. Because we aim for excellence in karate, our students find it practical and fun. The skills you will learn are so practical in everyday life and you will also gain invaluable fitness and self-defence skills.
Last year I received this email:
“Dear Sensei Paul, my 13 year old daughter learned the value of karate for self defense. She was walking home from school when she was stopped by two 14 year old boys who started giving her a hard time. She told me “Dad, I warned them twice, I said you boys, I know karate and if you give me a hard time I’m going to use it.” The boys thought she only knew ballet so they started punching her…”
What these boys didn’t know however was that this girl did indeed know how to use karate for self defense, in fact she was the daughter of one of our senior instructors and had had considerable one-on-one self defense training. In very short order the first boy found himself on the ground and the second backed up saying “if you do that to me I’ll report you to the principal!”
We want your children to be safe so we teach them all aspects of self defense which includes both physical and verbal techniques. For example for young children we teach them how to stop unwanted attention by strangers by use of “the magic sentence” which is virtually guaranteed to make any potential abductor think twice before trying to take your child. Check out details on the magic sentence below then contact us for a free initial karate self defense class.
At some point in our training, many of us ask ourselves, “Maybe I could compete in tournaments”. It is a huge leap in commitment to prepare yourself for competitions. Tournaments are not for the casual karateka or the ill-prepared. But, if you are properly prepared, they can provide a memorable and worthwhile experience, as well as being a great deal of fun. The experience can be hugely beneficial to your personal karate development, your club’s development and to the organization’s development.
TKR competes well in NZMAC and AUMAC tournaments. Competition is fierce because we are often against semi professional atheletes, but we consistantly do well.
To participate in these competitions, you must be properly prepared both physically and mentally. TKR run tournament specific training classes separately from the local dojos. Tournament training is not for everyone and you must be put forward by your sensei to be considered.
Karate provides a great sport for families for so many reasons.
First, your children will learn how to defend themselves. Imagine how much happier you will feel when your son or daughter go to a party, but they are black belts.
Second, your children will make lots of new friends and they will be the type of young people you want them to associate with. Karate students tend to be hard workers who respect values such as honesty, achievement and courtesy.
TKR Karate has a big emphasis on families. Attending class is a great family activity as parents can train with their children and see their friends. Karate also gives an endless supply of discussion points around the family table which includes tournaments, who has the best techniques and so on.
A common question we are asked is: “Is karate safe?” The answer is yes, although it is a bit like learning how to ride a bike. Sometimes you can get bumps and bruises but the value of learning is so great that no one ever bans their child from learning.
Your whole family can try a class for free. Contact us now to find a class with similar families to yours in your area.
They say the longest journey always starts with a single step. This is certainly the case with karate. You can become an expert in karate and even secure the highly coveted black belt. But it is a long journey and it always starts with your first class.
TKR Karate Auckland provides an open, friendly atmosphere that makes it as easy as possible for you to get involved. It starts with easy access to the senior instructors, a free first class, selecting a dojo that most suits your style and personality and making sure you know as much as possible about the class before starting.
To know what to expect from your first class please, click here, and then contact us to arrange your first visit.
Countless others have done the same thing, including everyone in the TKR Karate Auckland club. Remember, the only difference between a white belt and a black belt is a black belt didn’t quit.
Toukon Ryu is on the move. We now have a full time dojo at 93 Ellice Road, Glenfield. The dojo had a grand opening on Sunday July 1st 2012 with a special kata class being taught by Sensei Paul.