Pacific Judo Club

Judo, meaning the gentle way, is one of only two martial arts that are Olympic sports (the other is Taekwondo). The object of Judo is to throw one’s opponent to the ground and immobilize or subdue the opponent by using a grappling maneuver, joint lock or choke. Unlike other martial arts, kicks, punches and thrusts are not allowed in competition or freestyle practice. Instead of meeting force with force, Judo odes to the principle of using one’s opponent’s strength against him and adapting well to changing circumstances. Pacific Judo is the driving force behind the Budokan, and has a rich background in Rotorua Judo activities. Instructors: Paul Kirk (2nd Dan), Megan Pekin (1st Dan), Jeremy Cox (3rd Dan)

FMAC Karate

Karate, meaning empty hand, features punching, kicking, knee/elbow strikes and open handed techniques. However, grappling, joint manipulations, locks, restraints/traps, throws   and vital point striking also appear in Karate. There are many components to modern Karate training, including forms and sparring. It is an art, sport and self-defense training. Weapons comprise another important training area, as well as the psychological elements incorporated into a proper attitude such as perseverance, fearlessness, virtue and leadership skills. The Family Martial Arts Center, which has been running in various national locations for decades, holds Karate classes in the Budokan and is a very highly regarded Karate club. Instructor(s): Kyoshi Natasha Inuhaere

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Manawa Toa Muay Thai

Muay Thai, known as the “art of eight limbs”. Almost all techniques in Muay Thai use the entrie body movement, rotating the hip with each kick, knee, punch, elbow and block. Like most full contact fighting sports, Muay Thai has a heavy focus on body conditioning. Muay Thai is specifically designed to promote the level of fitness and toughness required for ring competition. Manawa Toa Muay Thai’s mission is to teach the art of Muay Thai combining with strength and cardio training with their instructor who has 30+ years of martial arts experience. Manawa Toa Muay Thai is one of our newest clubs to train at the Budokan.

Instructor: Wayne Wairoa


Tricking is a new training discipline that is a combination of break-dancing, gymnastics and traditional martial arts. It aims to achieve an aesthetic display of different combinations of "tricks". Tricking is commonly understood as cinematic martial arts or “fighting invisible ninjas”. It is a flow and inner focused ‘non-competitive’ practice. Trickers have and continue to create movements at the edge of human potential.

Instructor: Dylan Jackson