Students are encouraged to develop their physical fitness and strength 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. Young people aged from eight to fifteen years will learn age-appropriate, authentic karate. Belt promotions and sport karate activities are part of the junior syllabus.
Young people (8-15 years) learn to develop self-confidence, 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.
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, progress is made from one grade to the next as technique improves.
Since its beginnings in New Zealand fifty years ago, Chidokan NZ 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 - please contact us for full details.
Chidokan was established in 1954 in Japan by Takeshi Sasaki, with his brother, Kiyoshi Sasaki, as chief instructor. The Chidokan Hombu dojo was situated in Nippori, Tokyo where Sims Sensei completed a full-time training programme in 1967. He then 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. Currently, there are dojos located in West Auckland (New Lynn), South Auckland (Papatoetoe) and North Shore (Takapuna) - see below 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.