Shizoku Martial Arts

Hi and welcome to Shizoku Martial Arts karate club in Christchurch. Truly a Family Martial Arts club, its right there in our name, Shizoku = family. If your goals are to learn ways to protect you and your loved ones in today’s world, you have come to the right place. If your goal is to get fit and improve your strength and stamina, you have come to the right place. If your goal is to do things you never thought you would be able to, you are in the right place. If you want a fun learning environment then you are in the right place. Shizoku Martial Arts provides numerous ways to benefit you and your loved ones.

Using proven self defence techniques from around the globe Shizoku’s aim is to provide its students with easy to learn and effective martial art techniques that work outside the dojo – Senshi no te was born. With over 20 years experience in various martial arts we believe in constant observation and exploration of self defence techniques and then practising effective techniques.


Why do Martial Arts & Karate?

There are many benefits to undertaking Martial Arts. We have captured just some of them below. We recommend everyone should learn at least the basics in their lifetime. You are never to old or to young.

During during real-life confrontation, the body undergoes a PCSR (Psycho Chemical Stress Response). When this occurs, the ability to access logical thoughts all but diminishes. Instead, under the conditions of PCSR, the human brain accesses what is referred to as the ‘Primal Brain’, which control instinctive behaviour. So what does this all mean? Unlike self-defence courses that show a person a set of logical defences against a potential attacker (none of which become instinctive) karate training sets out to develop appropriate ‘instinctive‘ habits in its participants. This gives them the ability to act accordingly under conditions of a PCSR.

Fitness, Energy And Vitality
From a fitness perspective, the techniques practised during each class involve the use of every muscle and bone in the body making it an excellent all-over body workout. Involving the entire body also serves to develop balance, agility, coordination and flexibility. Many students who have never been good at regular sports often become highly competent in other sports after training in karate.

Classes can be as hard as you allow them to be. Students can ease off if they are not in peak shape, but an instructor will regularly promote that a person push themselves just outside their comfort zone before easing off. By constantly breaking pre-conceived mental and physical barriers, a student will learn the power of persistence and come to realise that whatever they set their sights on, they can achieve – a valuable skill for life.

Character development
A large part of any martial arts school will be dedicated to character development. This will be woven throughout the dojo and class instruction. Students will learn valuable life lessons that will serve them and those around them well in many aspects of their life outside the dojo. Especially for kids the notion of discipline, control and morale fibre are something we here firmly believe in.