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I toke my son to the opening night because he wanted to try it out because some of his friends were doing karate. He loves it and after watching him and how the classes were structure I have now join up and after my first class we both can't wait to go back.
Chris and his team provides quality training to the candidates. It's definitely helping my wee one to focus more and to build up strong determination .Thanks Chris.
My son has been doing karate at SMA for a couple of months now and absolutely loves it! He had never shown much interest in sports previously. It's been the best thing we've done for him. In a short time we've already noticed an increase in his confidence and he has learned so much. Sensei Chris is fantastic with children and the classes are fun. They have excellent communication and resources on their website for training etc. Also love how they teach the children valuable life lessons and self defense. Highly recommend!
My son has been attending since March 2021 and I can honestly say it's been the best thing for him. He thoroughly enjoys every minute and can't wait for the next session. Sensei Chris and the team are wonderful teachers and I would recommend them to anyone thinking of joining.
As an adult it can be daunting to start a new activity, especially something physical. SMA pushes me, but in a positive way, and Sensei Chris is both extremely knowledgeable and approachable. My nephew was also part of the Youth programme for a while, and we saw some great changes in his confidence levels. I love that there is a Life Skills programme for the kids to learn valuable skills such as discipline and respect. Highly recommend for kids or adults!
School Self Defence On behalf of Chisnallwood Intermediate we would like to thank you for the work you have completed over the last two weeks. We have had over 300 girls through the course, and they have thoroughly enjoyed it, as well as learnt key skills. The girls were all engaged in their lessons, and came out of the hall beaming. The feedback I gathered from them was that the sessions were well organised, busy and fun.
Real Estate Agent Defence I recently engaged Chris from Shizoku Martial Arts to assist with training the women in our company in self defense skills. The workshop was excellent and the feedback from my team has been extremely positive. Not only was it a great team building experience but each person who attended came away feeling more empowered and aware of how they can protect themselves should the need ever arise. A thoroughly worthwhile exercise as a company. Chris gave everyone a certificate at the end which was a great way to end the workshop. I highly recommend this workshop.
Very patient and understanding, tough but fair . My daughter has learnt a lot and her confidence has grown. Highly recommended.
Excellent Martial Arts Club. Great Tutor/Mentoring and professionally run. Would definitely recommend to Children/Parents and Residents in the Eastern Suburbs area.
We have been thoroughly been thrilled with Shizoku and Sensei Chris. The focus on discipline, self-defence and most importantly fun has positively impacted our son's behaviour at home, as well as at school. Sensei Chris is amazing and makes the class really fun. Highly recommended!
This is more than just turning up to a Karate class and leaving. The kids and parents know there is an endless amount of support with the on-line tutorials, the excellent Goals programme and the encouraging rewards system whereby they can earn badges for going the extra mile. Their Motto says it all. You can see the children respect Sensei and Sensei respects them. We LOVE it!
So much more than just another martial arts club. Life skills, personal accountability and community spirit run through the core of this program.Chris is a great leader doing great things.
Chris who runs the club is an amazing guy, he really cares about the children, kids and adults and really looks out for their welfare. Real sense of community friendly club in one of a kind totally unique.
What a great place to learn Shizoku. Sensei Chris has a wealth of knowledge and experience. His passion to share these shines through in his teaching. Fully recommend to any children or adults who want to learn some great techniques and to have fun doing it while building self confidence and belief.
Self Defence Workshop Really enjoyed it. Was a great and enjoyable experience with my work colleagues. Would definitely like to do again over time as refreshers. So glad I attended. Thank you.
A fantastic family friendly club! Sensei Chris not only teaches my son karate in a fun & exciting way but helps to instil positive life values he can use everyday at school & at home.My son was having so much fun going that I decided to join the adults classes too & I love it! It not only helps to keep me fit but teaches me great self defence techniques & helps me to feel strong & confident. The camaraderie with other students is awesome too!
This is an awesome family club that focuses on achieving Goals and respecting each other through Martial Arts. I recommend this club to anyone looking for a friendly club for either children, adults or both 😊
Lovei t! Our 5 year old absolutely loves coming along here... it has helped his confidence with meeting new friends... and of course his goal to become a ninja when he grows up! 🥷
We have been very impressed with Chris and how he runs the classes... definitely would recommend.
Great club, very professional website with videos to assist practicing & strong focus on self defense & self discipline.
Awesome place to train, definitely recommended for easy to learn and seriously effective martial art skills!
Found this was a family friendly place to take your children to learn knew skills, build confidence, and get fit, make friends,and learning ways to defend themselves, The Teacher is understanding of all the children and there needs and still pushes them to be there best. I'm so happy we joined our son, he was so shy couldn't talk to anyone but in a short time he talks to all the children and can't wait for Wednesday to learn you skills and enjoy being push to his limits he walks out of every class excited for next class. I highly recommend anyone to join all ages.
Going to karate has had a massively positive impact on my 8 year old daughter and my 6 year old son. Sensei Chris focuses on key skills, like respect, that give the students self confidence and belief. My daughter has stood up to bullies based on the confidence that karate has given her.
So glad we were recommended Shizoku Martial Arts for our daughter! Constantly impressed by your positivity, encouragement, and warmth with our children. Your no nonsense yet fun approach is the perfect balance. I love the family, community feel at SMA. Thank you for sharing your passion!
Sensei Chris and Sensei Mike have created a great school of learning that has made learning martial arts accessable to everyone regardless of age and ability
They have developed their own unique style of teaching that is very effective , they listen to the students feedback and adapt accordingly - and are hugly patient for those that take a little longer to pick things up
reccommend SHIZOKU for anyone who wants to learn martial arts
A fantastic club with a focus on developing correct techniques traditional values and life skills. Chris is a very experienced and knowledgeable instructor who is great with the kids. I would highly recommend!
My daughter and I both go, and have done for several years. The staff are fantastic with kids and adults alike. It feels like a big family.
Fantastic Women's self defence class. Recommend them to anyone wanting to learn some techniques to save themselves.
Fantastic Sensei! Teaches resilience, empowers children to reach life goals. Sensei Chris teaches so much more than just a martial art. Highly recommend.
This has been the most incredible experience my youngest son. Sensei Chris is extremely encouraging and determined to get the best out of the children that attend. It’s fun, disciplined and encouraging all at the same time. Will has thrived this past month. Thank you and your team.
I wanted to thank you for the life skills you give the kids, especially Jacob in your karate classes...
Today Jacob encountered his first bullying experience at school. He had several kids (smaller than him) around him that were slapping, punching and pushing him around because he told them he was going to tell the teacher after witnessing his friend being kicked by them.
Jacob remained calm, told me he stood in an 'osu stance', and pushed them away just enough to get away to a teacher. He didn't want to hurt them as he easily could have but did enough to protect himself.
I'm pretty confident that without his karate training, he wouldn't have had that self defense reaction and could have possibly been hurt but he's come away from it with a great deal of pride in his actions... Skills of which he got from your class ☺️☺️
Love love love this dojo! Could not have picked a better dojo to join ?? Sensei is awesome, down to earth and loves what he does. Very attentive and helpful to all students. Thanks for letting this crazy in your gym ? OSU!
Thank you sensei Chris and his team for these amazing classes! Not only they teach self defence, but also good communication, kindness, good manners and important life values. My son absolutely loves his classes and I can't speak highly enough of them. Thank you.
Such a wonderful place/experience for the kids to learn. Sense Chris exuding the patience and focus that he instills int he pupils. Love it
Whether you’re looking for fun while working out, burn energy and receive proper training for yourself and for your children… then this place is for you. Your kids aim for the best, receive rewards for behaviour in and out of class, work hard for your next colour belt as a goal. For adults, you learn what the kids learn but a bit more intense than they would receive it. You get the Jack of all trades in these classes. There’s more than you bargain for and for a reasonable and affordable price. Not a single regret joining this club. Come and join or try the free trial class first and see how you go.
My children have been attending SMA Karate for the past 2 years. We have been so impressed with how things are run, and the confidence, focus, discipline and skills that my children have developed since being there. Sensei Chris is a fantastic role model for the children and I love that he instills confidence and life skills as part of their karate journey. I highly recommend SMA karate for anyone looking to get their kids into martial arts.
Awesome atmosphere. Sensei Chris sets the kids up to be challenged and have fun. They love going to karate and learn excellent self defense and life skills along the way. Highly recommend.
Amazing karate school, very professional with great online support also, great classes that keep the little one focus all the time , we are very happy we chose this school for our son and amaze by his progress.
Sensei Chris and Paula have created an amazing club where kids not only learn great skills in self defence, they are encouraged to develop life skills in respect, leadership, commitment, hard work and have a greater self worth. I can’t believe the changes I’ve seen in my son who is a more confident, determined and respectful young man which has been further developed through the Leadership program he’s now in. The vibe of the club is welcoming, encouraging and run professionally, which shows by the number of new kids we see joining all the time. Thank you!!!
Karate has been amazing for my daughter and Sensei Chris has such an amazing way with dealing with all of the children. My daughter loves coming twice a week
Great martial arts school! Chris works well with all ages and has a vast knowledge of the martial arts industry. I would highly recommend his school.
SMA Karate provides an outstanding service to our community. Sensei Chris and his instructors create a positive learning environment. It allows the individual to develop holistically (physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual). Students of all ages are challenged in a safe way that brings out the best in them. I highly recommend SMA Karate.
Highly recommend the Shizoku Martial Arts club.Sensei Chris has a great way with kids and my son has found something he loves doing. He has thrived since starting karate. They offer a free trial class which is great for kids that are unsure on taking that first step. We love the life skills goals which kids can apply to all aspects of their life even outside of karate.
Absolutely fantastic! Sensei Chris is amazing with my son, very supportive and welcoming; This guy is an awesome role model! I want to acknowledge his 2 assistants Ethan & Amelia who are also wonderful welcoming and supportive to all of the children in the class. The best part of learning Karate through Shizoku Martial Arts is he is also teaching the kids self defense and how to deal with Bullying situations - Life lessons!It is wonderful to sit and watch your child thrive and love the experience, to be part of a special group who are becoming so confident with themselves. Amazing website with online tutorials available 24/7 for some extra training at home. The best Martial Arts club in Christchurch.