JKA Wellington is a registered member of the Japan Karate Association.  We bring to Wellington the teaching of Shotokan Karate at the highest standard. Our grading and training systems are at the international level as required by JKA Japan.

JKA Wellington Karate’s head instructor is Sensei Matthew Sue who has dedicated his training in Shotokan Karate since 1999. Sensei Matthew obtained his Shodan with JKA New Zealand in 2009. He has recently acquired the JKA Instructors licence and graded Nedan in 2015.

Sensei Matthew has trained in Japan with JKA Japan and competed in the Australasian Karate Championships as part of the NZ Shotokan Karate squad. Over the years he has developed a thorough understanding of the shotokan techniques and their applications.

We teach  Bushido Karate in its true form rather than sports karate. You will learn the relevance of the techniques and develop speed, accuracy and power in both attack and  defensive positions.



Karate is not just about breaking boards, hitting punching bags  or how high you can kick or how to scoring points.  In true Karate, the body, mind and spirit – the whole person must be developed simultaneously. Through intense practice, the physical and mental action and the confidence, humility, openness and peace is only possible through perfect unity of the body and mind. This is the core teaching of Zen, the basis of Bushido and the cornerstone of the JKA’s Karate philosophy.

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JKA – The World’s Foremost Authority on Karate

With a vast membership in over 100 countries, the JKA is the world’s largest and most prestigious karate organization. Recognized heir to the Shotokan karate tradition, it is the only legal karate entity officially approved by the Japanese government as an association of members Shadan Hojin for the promotion of karate, and granted a tax-free status.

More importantly, the JKA is the preserver of the soul and spirit of the art of kokufu-bunka karate-do-karate based on the ancient Japanese tradition of Bushido (the way of the samurai). Our mission is to promote this way of karate throughout the world, ensuring that it remains true to the philosophical precepts upon which it was founded.


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