Student Info


All karate-ka start with white belt 8th kyu.   "Kyu" means grade or level below the black belt.   "Dan" means black belt grades (degrees). 8th kyu means the student is eight grades away from black belt, and work their way towards 1st kyu which is one grade away from black belt.   Whanake Rangataua karate award a tab on some belt colors which is the equivalent to a kyu or dan.


Trainings are held twice a week.  We train together - Juniors (6-12yrs), Intermediate (13-17yrs) and Adults (18+yrs). ​ Our Tuesday evening classes are focused on Kihon (basics) and Kata (or specific movements).   ​ ​Thursday nights are generally reserved for kumite (partner sparring). Because classes are structured differently over these two days, students benefit fully whe

Club Fees

Training & Membership Fee Charged at the beginning of the term when the student starts each year. Includes: Calendar year membership, training lessons, venue hire, training equipment and club newsletters. $ 100.00     Individual (one year membership) $ 75.00       Family discount (3rd family member and each additional family        

Club Terms & Conditions

These rules of the club are made to ensure that ‘you’ as a member have maximum protection for safety and health, and that we are able to provide you with a safe environment to train in. It is essential that everyone obeys and supervises the adherence to these rules and regulations.

Dojo Etiquette

Always bow (rei) on entering and exiting the dojo training hall. Always bow to Sensei and Sempai on first seeing them and when departing. Always bow when joining or leaving class. Shoes should not normally be worn in the dojo training area. Be punctual for class. Refer to instructors as "Sensei", black belts as "Sempai", inside and outside the dojo.  First names are only used out

Grading System

Whanake Rangataua Karate has a grading system that allows all karate-ka to proceed through levels, ranks or grades, signifying their growth and development. Advancement depends on enthusiasm and spirit, focus and commitment, style and technique and how often you train. Since all students are individuals with different potential and rates of development, one student cannot be compared to anoth


Kata is a system of movements (forms) used in martial arts training.  They often consist of karate blocks, kicks and strikes organised into a pre-arranged fight against imaginary opponents.  One of the benefits of course is the applications you get from kata. Bunkai is the practical application of kata against real life opponents in pre-arranged form.   White Belt  


SYLLABUS Whanake Rangataua karate promotes fitness & physical development, self-defense, coordination, discipline, confidence and character building.  Our syllabus ensures karate-ka grow and develop their martial arts skills and knowledge as they progress through the ranks - each to their own potential.   All karate-ka begin at White belt (8th kyu) with an official indu

Shotokan Dojo Kun

SEEK PERFECTION OF CHARACTER Hitotsu!  Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto Each person must strive for the completion and perfection of one's character BE FAITHFUL Hitotsu!  Makoto no michi o mamoru koto Each person must be faithful and protect the way of truth PUT MAXIMUM EFFORT INTO EVERYTHING YOU DO Hitotsu!  Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto Each person must e


Many of these words will not be found in a Japanese-English dictionary.   In Japanese, the words and word order changes depending on whether one is speaking to an equal or friend, or a superior or to an inferior.   Many dojo terms, being command words, are not used in talking to Japanese people outside the dojo.

2017 Most Popular Kids Activity Award - Porirua

Voted no.1 for most popular kids activity 2017
For the third year running!  Whanake Rangataua Karate is again voted one of the top kids activities in Porirua.

2018 Most Popular Kids Activity Award

Awarded #8 for kids most popular active activity in Porirua
Whanake Rangataua Karate awarded the Active Activities Most Popular Kids Activity for 2018