Issue #22


The New Zealand Disability Karate Association Newsletter

Autumn 2024


Welcome to the Autumn issue of the New Zealand Disability Karate Association newsletter.

First of all, apologies for this newsletter being so late.

A lot has happened since our last newsletter. We had a stand at the Armageddon Expo. There have been interviews on the radio and television. The club now has 64 members!

Sadly, Autumn and Tyler have moved to Christchurch and have had to leave the club. Let's hope they will come and see us when they next visit Wellington.

Our First Tournament

On Saturday 13th July we will have our very first tournament. Entry forms are already rolling in.

Rainbro wearing a green belt and gold medal

This will be an awesome day of karate. it will be a celebration of your achievements. We hope that everyone will feel empowered by attending the event.

There will be a chance to win a gold, silver or bronze medal. There will be a participation medal with a dazzling purple ribbon. This is in recognition of all your hard work to get ready for the tournament.

Come along and have a go!

Who has graded?

There has been two grading since our last newsletter. We have 3 new yellow belts, 9 new orange belts, and 1 new green belt.

We have 13 new club members, who are likely to grade to yellow belt before the next newsletter.

In our club there are now

  • 16 white belts (10th kyu)
  • 32 yellow belts (9th kyu)
  • 9 orange belts (8th kyu)
  • 3 green belts (7th kyu)
  • 4 blue belts (6th kyu)

What is coming up

Our plans for the next quarter

  • Publish the final book in the Rainbro series.
  • Approach local bookshops to see if they would consider selling the Rainbro series.
  • Finish work on the new information pack for schools and local businesses.
  • Issue the first version of our tournament guidelines.
  • Finish the preparation for our first tournament.
  • Run our very first tournament.
  • Have a stand at the "What's Outside The Box" Expo in September.
  • Remember you can invite your friends along to class.

Rainbro and the Art of Kobudo

The fifth book in the the Rainbro series has been published.

Any money made from book sales goes towards running the club.

The copies in the dojo will be sold at the special price of $15, which is a saving of nine dollars.

Book cover, Rainbro and Little Blue using weapons front of the dojo

The final Book will be out in time for Christmas. This concludes Rainbro's karate adventures.

Radio NZ Article

There has been interest from both television and radio in regards to our tournament and what we do.

Radio NZ logo

Back in April Pretoria Gordon from Radio NZ visited our stand at the Armageddon Expo. Pretoria visited our dojo and interviewed Sensei and a number of the students.

Here is a link to the RNZ story about our club. It has some great pictures of you training!

Transcript of RNZ interview

AM Breakfast Show Interview

Here is the video of the Friday morning interview with James Fleur from TV3's AM Show.

TV3's Breakfast AM show logo

Thank you to all the students who came along and may the event so successful. And thank you to James and Billy from the AM Show for visiting our dojo.

I think we have a few movie stars in the making!

Here is a link to the television interview.

TV3's AM breakfast show interview

Look out for the winter issue and feel free to share this newsletter with your friends.

If there is anything you would like to see in the next newsletter please let an instructor know.

Membership is free and open to anyone who wishes to take part in the martial arts training offered by the club. All the details are on our website.


Ngā mihi