Victoria University Club
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Trimester 1, 2 & 3
Sundays: 4:00 – 5:30pm Dance Room
Thursdays: 6:00 – 7:30pm Long Room
VUW Students $100 per year
Non Students $300 per year
The Victoria University Goju-Ryu Karate Club offers instruction in Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate. Okinawan Goju-Ryu, as taught in the International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Do Federation (IOGKF), is considered a traditional karate style because it can trace its lineage straight back to the founder, Chojun Miyagi Sensei. Organizations such as the IOGKF are dedicated to preserving their art in its original form as handed down by their founder.
Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate emphasises a wide range of karate techniques appropriate to all levels of training. The Traditional framework within which the training is placed provides an environment that cultivates personal strengths.
Sessions include strength and fitness exercises, basic karate techniques, pad work, self defense applications, sparring and kata.
Anyone interested in finding out what Goju-Ryu Karate is about is encouraged to attend a training session. You may watch or (much preferred!) join in. Introduce yourself to any of the members, and he or she will direct you to the session instructor. Wear comfortable (light and loose-fitting) clothing, but no shoes or socks.
Name: Jennifer Sigley
Phone: (027) 422-6119
Email Address: VUWkarate@gmail.com
Postal Address: PO Box 9766, Wellington 6141
Brief History of Club
Started in February 1975 by founding members Leo Donnelly, Paul White and Chris O'Conner. Leo was the main instructor for many years until being succeeded by Joe Tait in 1989 and then David Croxford in the early 1990's, assisted by David Reddaway and Ewan Tempero (now the main instructor at the Auckland University club). The club's main instructors currently are David Reddaway and Jennifer Sigley.
The club is a member of the International Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate Federation New Zealand (IOGKFNZ), which is affiliated to IOGKF. The club is also affiliated to the Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association (VUWSA) and Karate New Zealand - the national body which overseas tournament competition in New Zealand (UNZKO).
Sensei David Reddaway, Yondan (4th Dan)
Sensei David Reddaway has trained in Goju Ryu since 1991, was a New Zealand Team representative in 1995 and 1997, and attained the rank of Yon-dan in 2011 under world chief instructor Higaonna Sensei. He also has experience in many other karate styles as well as Tae Kwon Do (WTF), Ju jitsu and Kickboxing.
Sensei Jennifer Sigley, Sandan (3rd Dan)
Sensei Jennifer Sigley has trained in Goju Ryu since 1997, attaining her San-dan (3rd Dan) rank in 2009. She is also studying Ryukyu Kobudo (weapons training) and has some experience in Close Quarter Combat.
Sharlee Athfield, Nidan (2nd Dan)
Gus Anderson, Shodan (1st Dan)
Matthew Sheppard, Shodan (1st Dan)