Our head instructor
Shihan Stephen Takiwa (6th Dan) first started his Kyokushin Karate training in Hastings in 1978, at the age of 16. He is New Zealand’s Branch Chief (representative to Japan) and has 25 dojo around New Zealand under him. He is the highest placed NZ Kyokushin fighter ever at the Men’s World Tournament held in Japan every 4 yrs and was awarded the ‘Strongest Technique’ trophy while competing. At the young age of 20 he opened the North Harbour dojo and has been running it with his wife Diane for over 30 years. This club is very family oriented with a welcoming non-threatening atmosphere. Everyone is welcome, there’s a class to suit all ages, fitness levels and abilities.
- 1983, 84, 85, 87, 88, 89, 95 New Zealand Heavy Weight Champion
- 1985, 87, 89 Trans Tasman Heavy Weight Champion
- 1990 Australian Middle Weight Champion
- 1991 South Island and NZ Middle Weight Champion
- 1983 NZ Representative, at the 3rd World Tournament in Tokyo, Japan
- 1987 NZ Representative, at the 4th World Tournament in Tokyo, Japan
- 1991 NZ Representative, Placed 12th at the 5th World Tournament in Tokyo, Japan
- 1995 NZ Representative at the 6th World Tournament in Tokyo, Japan
- 1988 Received the award for Most Spirited Fighter at the Common Wealth Champs held in Sydney, Australia
- 1989 Awarded the Strongest Technique Trophy at the All Japan Tournament in Tokyo, also making the top 32 fighters
- 1998 Coach for the NZ Womens Team at the 2nd Womens World Tournament in Tokyo, Japan
- 1999 Coach for the NZ Mens Team at the 7th World Tournament held in Japan
- 2000 Appointed New Zealand Branch Chief (representative to Honbu Japan)
- 2000 Took over the New Zealand branch of IKO1 dojo (8 founding dojo)
- 2001 Over 35 Men Open N.Z National Champion
- 2011 Awarded 6th Dan at Lake Yamanaki Camp, Mt Fuji, Japan
Sensei Diane Takiwa, (4th Dan) has been praticing Kyokushin Karate since 1982. She has been teaching since 1984. When she and Shihan Takiwa moved their young family north (back to her home town Auckland) in ’82 she was one of the first students of the new club (back then) on the North Shore, Auckland. Many students have come and gone over the years but she still loves and enjoys the commeradary of Kyokushin Karate. In the years she has been training she has competed and placed in:
- NZ Highland Games (Kumite – fighting) Champion 3 years
- 1985 Obtained 1st Dan
- 1998 2nd Place at Australian Nationals
- 1998 Represented NZ at the Women’s World Championships in Japan, placing 5th equal in Women’s Middle Weight Div in kumite
- 2001 Represented NZ at the Women’s World Championships in Japan, competing in kumite & kata, reaching top 8 in kumite
- 2001 Attended International Camp in Kyoto, Japan
- 2002 Obtained 2nd Dan
- 2003 Represented NZ at the Women’s World Championshipsin New York, competing in kata
- 2003 NZ Kata champion
- 2004 Runner up in Kata Div. at Trans Tasman Masters, Auckland
- 2003, 2005 – 2007 & 2010 Facilitator of NZ Women’s camps in Taupo & Rotorua
- Continues to participate and/or facilitate at NZ camps
- 2005 & 2006 Ran self-defense classes at Zayed College for girls
- 2006 NZ Kata champion
- 2006 Obtained 3rd Dan
- 2011 NZ Kata champion
- 2011 Obtained 4th Dan at Lake Yamanaki Camp, Mt Fuji, Japan
Kyokushin Karate’s founder
Masutatsu Oyama (1923-1994)
Sosai Oyama, 10th Dan, was the founder of Kyokushin Karate 1923-1994. He started training at Chinese Kempo at the age of nine. When he was 15 years old, he started training in karate under Genchin Funakoshi.
Mas. Oyama trained hard under various teachers and made great progress, becoming a 4th Dan at the age of 22. Two years later, in 1947, he won the All Japan Karate Championship.
In 1948, Mas. Oyama decided to undergo the rigors of training alone in the mountains. This he did on Mt. Kiyosumi in the Chiba Prefecture, where he stayed for 18 months, training daily to strenghthen his body and spirit.
It was in 1950, after returning from the mountains, that Mas. Oyama first started matching his strength against that of a bull. He fought a total of 52 bulls, killing three and breaking the horns off of 40.
In 1954, Mas. Oyama made his first of many visits to North America where he held numerous demonstrations and participated in many fights against boxers and wrestlers. He won all fights he participated in.
In 1954, he opened his first dojo in Tokyo. This dojo was the beginning of the KYOKUSHINKAIKAN. In 1964, the Tokyo Honbu was officially opened and the International Karate Organization-Kyokushinkaikan (I.K.O.K.) was established. Kyokushin Karate today is one of the largest and most famous of all karate styles
Kyokushin Karate’s current president
Kancho Shokei Matsui
Shokei (Akiyoshi) Matsui (8th Dan) started Kyokushin Karate at the age of 13. In 1976, he joined the Kita Nagare-Yama Dojo in the Chiba prefecture of Japan, managing to achieve Shodan (first degree) Black Belt in a little over a year. In 1980, Matsui placed fourth in the 12th All Japan Open Karate Championships when he was just 17. Soon after, he became Chief Instructor of the International Kyokushin Headquarters School, “Honbu” Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.
Both in 1981 and 1982, Matsui took 3rd Place in the All Japan Open Karate Championships and then 8th place at the same event in 1983. He earned worldwide recognition and admiration for his amazing spirit, strength, and determination when he took a remarkable Third place finish at the 3rd World Open Karate Tournament in 1984. He succeeded in winning the All Japan Championships in each of 1985 and 1986, and then successfully completed the ultimate Kyokushin challenge, the “100 Man Kumite” in record time. In Japan, he became known as the man of “unparalleled genius”, one who comes along but once in an eon, and then in 1987 became the youngest ever Champion of the World.
We share the beliefs and mission of the New Zealand Karate Organisation Kyokushinkaikan Incorporated Society as we are affliated members and follow their bylaws
By sharing knowledge with our members in a safe and supportive learning environment, we will instill a sense of humility, discipline and confidence. Therefore providing a stable foundation for a stronger community.
Dojo operators value proposition:
We are committed to building Kyokushin Karate in New Zealand. As a dojo operator of the NZKOK Inc. you will have the advantage of being connected to a global organisation, dedicated to providing continual support and guidance needed to develop yourself, your dojo and your students.
Student value proposition:
Kyokushin Karate will welcome you into a friendly supportive environment. Guiding you on a path to knowledge, challenging you both mentally and physically, enabling you to maximise your full potential.