About Jitsuei Kai Karate-Do at Karate Christchurch

Learn about our dojo, sensei and the art of Goju-Ryu Karate

About the club

The emphasis is on participation, with enjoyment and self improvement being the main focus. Members are also encouraged to participate in regional, national and international competitions when they reach the required standard. Competitions are held for students of all ages and the club has enjoyed much success over the years. In 2018 the club had a total of 18 New Zealand Open and National medallists, and  the majority of whom were under the age of sixteen.

Our background

The Jitsuei Kai Karate Do was founded in Christchurch in 1980 by Pat McGregor Shihan. Pat Shihan was New Zealand’s only 7th dan Jitsuei Kai instructor as well as being graded to JKF Goju Kai 7th dan and Karate NZ 8th dan. Pat passed away in December 2015 and the club is now coached by a team of highly graded black belts who all trained for many years under his watchful eye.

Meet our Sensei

Karate Christchurch is run by a group of Pat Shihan’s senior students.

As individuals, we have achieved national and international honours as athletes, coaches and judges.
As a team, we are passionate about sharing our experience and knowledge with our students and have supported many to achieve their own success.

We love being a part of and contributing to the wider karate community and encourage all prospective students interested in trying karate to give it a go.

7th Dan Black Belt
Dean Wiseman

Dean started training at Shi-Sei-Kan (now Jitsuei Kai) with Sensei Pat McGregor in 1985 as he thought this would be a good cross training for his main sport, Rugby League. However, karate soon became addictive for Dean and rugby League became a game he used to play!

Over the years Dean has competed and trained countries around the world including Singapore, Japan and the UK.Dean is now back home in Christchurch, coaching & training at the club where it all started for him. Dean says “It is thanks to Pat Sensei’s incredibly high standards and his insistence that all his students give their very best, it is no surprise that his dojo is held in such high regard internationally”. Dean feels so fortunate to be able to share his experiences and contribute all that he can to the mana of Jitsuei Kai Karate.

6th Dan Black Belt
George Glausiuss

George began training in karate when at school during the mid-eighties and has coached for many years since then. In the last few years he has been involved with judging and refereeing club and local regional Karate New Zealand tournaments. He currently holds an Oceania referees certificate.

He enjoys many aspects of karate from the sports and tournament training to traditional kihon (basic strikes and kicks) to kata (set movements for defense against attacks).

George feels it is so important to be able to apply what we learn to real life situations. He encourages anybody interested in a martial art to come and train at any of Jitsuei Kai’s clubs.

4th Dan Black Belt
Sophie Savill

Sophie began training at the Christchurch YMCA with Shihan Pat McGregor in 1985 at the age of 5.

Sophie has gone on to win many NZ National, Oceania and Commonwealth titles for kumite (competition fighting). She was captain of the Karate NZ National Team for many years. Sophie placed top 5 at many World Championships and also medalled, Sophie gained respect from team members and her opponents as a formidable competitor.

Sophie now enjoys giving back to the sport that has played such a big part in her life.

4th Dan Black Belt
Heather Cooper

Heather began her Karate training in 1995 in Christchurch.

After about a year of training she decided to move on and find another club as she felt the coaching she was receiving was not up to the high standard she would have liked. It was at this time that Heather made contact with Pat Shihan.

Since joining up with Shi Sei Kan (club name at the time) Heather has never looked back. She developed a real passion for coaching and spent many hours alongside Pat Shihan coaching & learning from his tips and advice.

Heather believes that Karate has many benefits for people of all ages. Karate has helped her become a more confident person who strives to continually enhance her own personal development and feels very fortunate to be an active member of such a supportive and proactive club.

3rd dan Black Belt
Ella Harris

Ella began training at our Tuam Street Dojo in 2012 when she was 9.

She achieved her first dan in 2018 and graded to her current third dan in 2023.

Ella has been competing in regional and national championships since 2014. She is now competing as a member of the national New Zealand karate team internationally.  

Ella started coaching in 2018. "I find giving back to the younger students helps to elevate the level of the club and provides an inclusive environment for all ages and levels."

1st Dan Black Belt
John McLachlan

John originally started training in 2005 at the age of 6, and immediately fell in love with karate. He moved around various clubs for a while, eventually pursuing the objective of international competition. He joined Jitsuei Kai (Karate Christchurch) several years ago.

Over the years, John has won several Oceania medals for the Karate NZ National Team in kumite (competition fighting), and continues to compete regionally and nationally. He has evolved a serious enthusiasm for coaching kumite, and thoroughly enjoys helping other determined students reach their competition aspirations.

John enjoys the strong sense of belonging and community is always present at the club, providing an incredibly supportive foundation for personal development and achieving goals in all aspects of training, competition, and life.

Honbu dojo

Our main dojo is located at 8 Phillips Street. It offers two competition size mats.

Karate Christchurch dojo

About Gojo Ryu Karate

The style of karate we teach at our club is called Goju Ryu. In Goju Ryu the emphasis is on developing the way of soft and hard. 'Soft' means having a calm mind and using only the force that is necessary for defence. 'Hard' means having resolve and the ability to overcome an opponent.

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You can try a lesson (or two) at our Phillips Street dojo. Contact us for more information about the best class to try for your age and ability.