Non-Karate Activities

As we have our own dojo, we’re able to share our space with other aligned cultural groups, so they too can practise and enjoy their own form of art. If you’re interested in giving any of the classes below a go, contact the organiser directly. Non Seido Karate members welcome.

Kumo Taiko (Japanese Drumming)

Kumo Taiko is based on a style of Japanese drumming, with a mix of other elements that include, martial arts, dance movements and other Asian influences. Taiko performance is a combination technical rhythm, stance, synchronized movement, and carefully choreographed presentation. It is dynamic, powerful and graceful to watch.

Class Timetable:
Saturday 12:00pm to 1:30pm  (Introductory Class)
Saturday 1:30pm to 3:00pm   (Level 1 Class)
Saturday 3:00pm tp 4:30pm   (Level 2 Class)

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact:
Jane Chen (kumotaiko@gmail.com) or visit our website www.kumotaiko.co.nz 

Auckland Tsugaru Shamisen (Japanese Banjo)

The shamisen is a three-stringed Japanese instrument, played with a flat tool, similar to a pick. The Tsugaru Shamisen is a type of shamisen, typically with a thick neck and strings, great for improvisation and creating a lively street style. One of the main aims of Auckland Tsugaru Shamisen is to connect cultures, countries and people, through the sound of the shamisen.

Class Timetable (classes are only held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month):
Sunday 10:30am to 12:00pm  (Advanced Class)
Sunday 12:00pm to 1:30pm   (Beginners Class)

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact: 
Sayuri Ichiba (sayuri@slingshot.co.nz)  or visit our Facebook page.

Iaido (Japanese Swordmanship)

Iaido is a Japanese martial art performed with a sword, often in solo practice. The philosophy of Iaido lies in being prepared for the unexpected, such as defending oneself against a sudden attack. A key form of Iaido is the drawing of the sword and cutting in the same motion, before placing it back in its sheath.

Class Timetable (first Sunday of the month only):
Sunday 10:15 am to 11:15 am (All Levels)

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact:
Nhi Huynh (seidojuku@gmail.com

Tai Chi (Chinese Martial Art)

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art, originally used for self defence. In modern times, it’s seen primarily a gentle form of exercise to promote physical and mental health through breath and movement. It aims to achieve harmony between the mind and body and cultivate a strong life energy within.

Class Timetable:
Friday 6:00pm to 7:00pm  (All Levels)
Sunday 8:30am to 10:00am (All Levels)

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact:
Nhi Huynh (seidojuku@gmail.com

Ground Wrestling Techniques

Ground wrestling teaches practical self defence techniques that can be used when fighting on the ground. It emphasises technique over physical strength, and draws on influences such as Jiu-Jitsu. Ground wrestling techniques are particularly useful as they are not taught in our regular karate classes, as kumite or sparring takes place in a standing position.

Class Timetable:
Wednesday 7:30pm to 8:30pm (All Levels)

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact:
John Paki (vimj@xtra.co.nz)

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