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We take a Traditional approach to training.

The Turangi Dojo was established in 1973 by Paul Burke who trained in England under Kanazawa Sensei. The Current dojo head Mark Willis along with Alan Lawton both trained with Paul Burke until he left in 1975. Joe Rowan who trained in the UK under Enodea Sensei took over the instructing until he returned to England in 1977. On Joe's departure, Mark Willis who was the senior grade at the time took over the instructing. Read More...


Upcoming Events

April 2018

Grading for Turangi Dojo members 

Fri 13th, April,   5.30pm sharp, 
Venue: Tongariro Area School Gym 

MAY 2018


8th TSKF NZ National Seminar & Championships

Turangi May 11th 12th & 13th.

Conducted by Shihan Willis 8th Dan, Deputy Chief Instructor of New Zealand and Australia


Friday 11th, 11.00am to 2.00pm

Saturday 12th, 9.30am to 11am & 1.30pm to 3pm

Sunday 13th, 9am to 4pm


Venue: Turangi Town Centre Gym 




2nd TSKF/ISKF Australasian Championship

Taupo, March 25th to 30th 2019

Taupo Events Centre



9.30am to 11.30am

2.30pm to 4.30pm

Thursday 1pm to 4pm

(Team & Individual Training)

Fri/Sat, Championships, 9am to 5pm 


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Our Philosophy

Karate not only teaches us how to defend ourselves, it also teaches us respect, not only for ourselves but also how to respect others.

Training not only strengthens our bodies but also our minds and teaches us patiences of spirit. Everything we learn in karate can also be applied to every aspect of our lives. Life is not always easy and can be demanding on you, karate can be the same but you learn to overcome the obstacles that are in your path.

The foundations of karate and the very reason we train is to improve ourselves, to work hard and take responsibility to make ourselves into someone of good character and integrity. To do our part in creating and shaping a better future for our world.


Kia Ora, Nau mai Haere mai


Ko Tongariro te maunga
Ko Taupo te moana
Ko Tuwharetoa te iwi
Ko Te Heuheu te tangata

In celebration of the Turangi Karate Club's 40th anniversary the paramount chief of the Ngati Tuwharetoa iwi 

Sir Dr. Tumu Te Heuheu Tukino VIII KNZM

has given his permission for the Turangi dojo to use the pepeha above


The Turangi karate club is honoured to be able to identify with Ngati Tuwharetoa Iwi 






Mark Willis 8th Dan

Paul Edwards 5th Dan

Alan Lawton 4th Dan

Dave Wells 4th Dan

Derek Robinson 3rd Dan

Mike Felton 3rd Dan. 


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Training Times

Turangi Area School
Monday 5:30pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 5:30pm - 7.30pm
Friday 5:30pm - 6.30pm