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May Newsletter




May 2011 Newsletter



Term two is off to a roaring start. Many Fushin Ryu Students have been named in the Commonwealth team to represent NZ in Australia in July. Congratulations.


We have been working hard on this terms Japanese words and have put the weeks words on the website under “latest News” study hard, Gambatte!


Club Kata tournament this Sunday. Fill out the form or email through your entry but please include the correct division, which is determined by the competitor’s age as of the 1st Feb 2011.

Club Kata Competition

This coming Sunday is our club Kata competition. It will start at 1pm and be held at 194 Archers Road, Glenfield. We look forward to seeing you all there. This is a wonderful chance for students to not only develop the karate skill, and to learn how to deal with the rigours of competition in a supportive environment. Entry forms are available online or at your local dojo. Top five competitors are awarded points, the top 3 competitors in each age division win prizes at the end of the year. Up to date placings can be found on the website under tournament results. Free to enter so please take advantage of the opportunity.

Thank you

We had a good turnout for the club kumite tournament last month. Our aim is that everybody gets on the mat at least twice. More times on the mat leads to faster improvement. We had more family members volunteering to help, thank you. The more trained people available to help at the tournaments leaves the higher grades free to coach the younger ones. The club tournaments are a great place to learn. The tournaments will be more interesting when you understand what is going on! Next opportunity to learn will be this Sunday at our club Kata tournament.


Holiday Program

Great place to train towards your next grading or tournament, check out our website for more information.

Thank you Again

A year on and the outdoor training area is nearing completion. We would like to thank all the volunteers who gave up their time to help, your contribution is appreciated, and we look forward to getting lots of benefit from its use.


One On One Karate Coaching

Are you looking to improve for grading, competition Kata and Kumite? Marina Monk is available for one on one training on Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons. To arrange a time or discuss fees, please contact her by email on or by phoning 476 2 476 to leave a message. Marina has been training for 15yrs and was 5th at the 2009 WKF junior world championships in Kumite as well as numerous National and Oceania titles. Other senior students are also available, this information is on the website under instructors.



Congratulations to those who passed gradings in the last few weeks. Grading results can be found on the website under Student information. There will be many more opportunities throughout the year, please train hard.  It is the aim of all Fushin Ryu karate Instructors to produce the best students we can. Time on each grade will vary from student to student and from grade to grade. The time taken by the student will be the correct amount to help them to reach Shodan (black belt) at a high level. As soon as the Sensei is sure the student is ready, they will be invited to sit a grading. A grading form will be given to complete and return please train hard! No one is keener than the sensei for the students to grade up.



NZ Nationals, Wellington and the KNZ Open training camp

Karate New Zealand will hold the NZ National Tournament during the July School holidays July in Porirua. More information on the calendar page of our website. We will be staying at the Amethyst Hotel, which is walking distance from the venue.

 The Nationals are open to everyone but you will need to be a KNZ registered player, which costs $35 for the year. Registered players receive discounts on attending the camps and on regional tournament entry fees.


Team Kata for Nationals & Sugihara Cup

We need to know who is going to the Nationals in Wellington so we can make up kata and team kumite teams to maximise mat time. The more time on the mat the better you will get. Please email if you will be competing in July. Don’t forget the National Camp held after the tournament. Sunday night we will get together for a Club Dinner.


FRK run extra classes in Kata and Kumite to help students towards their goals. Please check the club calendar on the website If you are interested in trying for team kata you will need to form a team soon and start practising.



Sugihara Cup 2011

We are organising the 4th biannual Sugihara cup this year. This is the biggest Karate competition held in New Zealand. We have competitors from all over the world attending. This huge event is organised to give our students and opportunity to compete against the best in the world.


We are looking for volunteers to help organise and run this event. If you are interested please contact us. We are also looking for sponsors to help with prizes, cash or merchandise, if you are able to help or know someone who would like to help please let us know.


We are fortunate to have overseas competitors of all ages attend this tournament. If you are interested billeting these competitors please contact us, your help will be much appreciated.

Rugby World Cup Volunteers


New Zealand Rugby World Cup is the world’s third largest sporting event. As a part of Rugby World Cup 2011, we will open the tournament with a spectacular Opening Ceremony.  Applications for volunteers will close on Sunday June 12.

 The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be two of the Worlds greatest shows this year and a memorable occasion for all individuals involved.

 There are two types of Ceremony Volunteers we need; Performers & Support Volunteers.

 -              All applications must be completed online at

-              Candidates must be 17 years or older to apply

-              All applicants will be required to agree to security, confidentiality & image authorisation releases

-              Successful applicants will be required for rehearsals during weeknights & weekends

-              All positions are volunteer therefore will not be compensated.


Join Airpoints for free

Until 31 May you can invite as many of your friends and family as you want to join the Airpoints™ Programme for free. We're waiving the $50 joining fee. Just send them to and get them to enter the promo code 'JOINAP'.

Everyone who joins will go into the draw to win $5,000 Airpoints Dollars™ to kick start their account. And what's more if the winner says you referred them we'll give you $5,000 Airpoints Dollars too. The more people you refer the more chances you have of winning!



Karatedo o shuren suru mokuteki wa

To train in Karate is to learn


Value of effort, patience, creativity, responsibility, decisiveness, courage, health, manners, willpower and generosity


Duane Monk
539 East Coast Rd
North Shore City
New Zealand

Phone: (09) 476-2 476



Useful resources

Stretching is very important to maintain the body's range of movement, aid recovery from exercise and help prevent injury. Daily stretching is encouraged. This link is a fabulous resource to illustrate techniques for the whole body:

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