About Us


Our Organisation

Jundokan New Zealand Inc is a non profit organisation established to promote the practice and study of Goju-ryu karate in New Zealand. The organisation is an official branch of Jundokan Japan.

We have dojos (training centres) in Richmond, Taupaki, Dunedin, Westport and Timaru where our members meet regularly to practice.


The Benefits of Karate

Karate is a martial art that teaches self defence and promotes both physical and mental health.

Karate helps people to lead a healthy lifestyle, build confidence and develop personally. Practicing karate is challenging, social and fun.


Our Style of Karate

Goju-ryu is a traditional style of karate from Okinawa, Japan.

Central to Goju-ryu is kata: detailed choreographed patterns of movements practised either solo or in pairs. The style focuses on kata, rather than sport or competition.

Goju-ryu translates to “hard-soft style”. Go, which means hard, refers to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks. Ju, which means soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements.


What Practicing Involves

All training sessions begin with jumbi-undo (basic warm-ups). It is important to warm up and stretch the various muscle groups throughout the body before rigorous training commences. 

Next we move on to hojo-undo (conditioning training). This requires much more effort and gets the blood moving to oxygenate the body.

Training then continues with either kihon (basics exercises), kata (formal exercises) or kumite (fighting exercises).

Finally, we end the training session by returning to jumbi-undo to cool down.


Start Practicing Today

Whether you are a beginner or experienced, we invite you to join us. Our Dojos section has more information about locations, times and what to wear.

If you would like any further information, please contact us.