Bay of Islands club reports spike in interest
A rise in interest in martial arts in the Bay of Islands has seen the head instructor of a local dojo considering running more classes there.
As the head instructor of the Whangarei-based NZ Karatedo Kenseikan, Jurgen Perlich travels north once a week to teach traditional non-commercial Shotokan karate at Springbank School every Tuesday during the school term.
Due to a surge in interest, Perlich said he was considering running a second session on Thursday afternoons/ evenings once he returns from Japan to restart his Far North class for Term 4 on Tuesday, October 30.
“Shotokan karate is one of the most popular karate style worldwide,” said Perlich, noting the discipline’s training is based on kihon (basics), kata (formation), and kumite (fighting).
Speaking from Japan earlier this month where he was training and upskilling under the guidance of various elite martial artists, Perlich said the club currently runs classes for kids aged under 10 from 3.30 to 4.30pm, for youth and adults from 4.45 to 6.15pm, and for advanced/ tournament students from 6.30-8pm.
A holder of a Japanese-graded black belt and having also gained a New Zealand national certificate in sports training and development, Perlich was recently appointed as the official representative of Karate NZ for the Northland region (NZ Karatedo Kenseikan is affiliated to Karate NZ).
He often takes students to compete at regional and national tournaments. Several local martial artists represented the club at both the Sugihara Cup tournament in Auckland and the Auckland Open in August, and he took a group of 12 students to Japan for training and a cultural experience last year.
Perlich plans to host a highranking Japanese instructor next year who will also visit the Kerikeri dojo.
“Karate is my passion and I am not trying to make a living out of it. The fees are very low compared to other dojos, basically I’m just covering my costs for driving from Whangarei to Kerikeri every week.”
■ Anyone interested in finding out more about the NZ Karatedo Kenseikan can contact Jurgen Perlich (021) 125-6048 and via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Martial artists from the Whangarei and Kerikeri dojos of NZ Karatedo Kenseikan wearing the medals won at the Northland Open earlier this year. From back left are Keira Whitaker, Malindi Reihana-Ruka*, Phil Grimshaw*, Raven Allen*, Kyle Hanlon, Tane Murphy, Tia Whitaker, Pania Murphy, (front) Brianna Whitaker, Yuko Otabe, Rongomai Murphy, Ethan Hanlon, Daxter Badger* and Matiu Murphy. Note, * indicates from Bay of Islands/ Kerikeri region.