About Us

Shidokan – New Zealand officially represents and manages all students and instructors in new Zealand affiliated to The Shidokan Hombu in Japan.

Additionally Shidokan – New Zealand is affiliated to The World Association of Kickboxing Organizations. Through this affiliation, we are able to attend W.A.K.O. sanctioned tournaments in the Oceana area.

The program consists of mental and physical training in the following:
1) Genuine Japanese Full-contact Karate (“bare-knuckle karate”)
2) Kickboxing and Muay Thai
3) Grappling

The Shidokan endeavors to create a better society through rigorous budo training and strive to maintain the Code of the Samurai (“士道”). Our name, Shidokan, refers to a group that follows the Samurai Way.

The training program has been developed and adapted over time to fit students of all ages and abilities.

Our training begins and ends with respect, and we do not discriminate against any ethnic group, religion or country of origin.

We believe true brotherhood between nations are fostered through personal exchanges through individuals, and the best way to connect to someone is to train together in Shidokan Karate.

Shidokan Karate

Shidōkan (士道館) is a style of Knockdown karate, Shidokan karate is sometimes described as the “Triathlon of Martial arts”, as it encompasses full contact karate, Muay Thai, and grappling-based martial arts. Tournaments are full contact and are normally held in a boxing ring. Founded in 1980 with dojo and students in various countries around the world. Although Shidōkan is a stand-up fighting style that includes kicks, strikes, and punches found in most other styles of Karatecombined with Muay Thai, it also utilizes numerous locks, sweeps, and throws often associated with Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, and Wrestling.[1][2]

Shidōkan Karate was founded by Yoshiji Soeno who directs The World Karate Association Shidokan from the headquarters in Shizuoka-ken, Japan.

Website Link: World Shidokan Hombu

World Association of Kickboxing Organizations

World Association of Kickboxing Organizations

WAKO started its activity in Europe in 1976. The founder was Mr. Georg Bruckner from Berlin, who promoted the first ever World Championships in semi and full contact karate (as initially the discipline was called in those days) back in 1978 with 110 competitors representing 18 countries. WAKO immediately created the rules and regulations for the new fighting sports including punches (hand techniques) and kicks (leg techniques) for amateur fights with maximum use of safety equipment, the new term KICKBOXING was officially adopted to define the sport and WAKO started to act, since the very beginning, as the authentic Kickboxing Federation in the world. From 1984, WAKO was led by Italian Ennio Falsoni. He organized and consolidated WAKO as respectable International Sports Organization. World Championships were held every two years in different parts of the World. Now, after decades of passionate work, Ennio Falsoni is honorable President of WAKO.

WAKO Kickboxing today: Kickboxing is a modern contact fighting sport created on the basis of many traditional combat sports and martial arts. Kickboxing is a unique Western response to many Eastern martial arts. It can be practiced on a competitive or recreational level depends on the aspirations of the kickboxer, but for sure it is a sport designed to improve your overall health, strength, and endurance. Today WAKO counts on 128 affiliated nations in the 5 continents, which are officially recognized by either National Olympic Committee or relevant National Government Sports Authority. Actual WAKO President is Prof. Dr. Borislav Pelević (Serbia).

Website Link: W.A.K.O.