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Club Contact Details
Name: Jennifer Sigley
Phone: (027) 422-6119
Email Address: VUWkarate@gmail.com
Postal Address: PO Box 9766, Wellington 6141
Club Training Times
Trimester 1, 2 & 3
Sundays: 4:00 – 5:30pm Dance Room
Thursdays: 6:30 – 8:00pm Long Room
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 instructor is 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 registered to Victoria University of Wellington.
Sensei Jennifer Sigley, Yondan (4th Dan)
Sensei Jennifer Sigley has trained in Goju Ryu since 1997, attaining her Yon-dan (4th Dan) rank in 2015 under IOGKF world chief instructor Nakamura Sensei. She is also studying Ryukyu Kobudo (Okinawan weapons training), holding the rank of San-dan (3rd Dan), and has some experience in Close Quarter Combat.
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 IOGKF supreme master Higaonna Sensei. He also has experience in many other karate styles as well as Tae Kwon Do (WTF), Ju jitsu and Kickboxing.
Sempai Sundeep Sidhu, Nidan (2nd Dan)
Additional Club Information
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.