North Shore Branch
In 2004 Darren Louie, a senior student of East Auckland Branch, recognised a need for people on the North Shore. Darren worked hard to develop and build the club and in April 2006 Darren founded North Shore branch. Now with nine black belts come through under Darren, the club, located at Birkdale Intermediate has a great club feeling. Darren is a 5th Dan Black Belt who has been training since 1991 and loves this martial art, which is a way of life for him. Not only did he meet his wife in 1997 through this self defense (and she is a 4th Dan black belt), Darren has seen parents join with their children, sisters, friends, and teenagers come through and mature into people he is proud to call his friends.
Stephen Reid, 4th Dan black belt, takes the children’s class on a Tuesday during school terms in a structured programme that provides fitness, discipline and self defense.
The club does a number of social events, camps, fundraisers (as the club is not for profit) and group trips. You know that you will be treated with warmth and respect, especially when you understand that no instructors are paid to teach and everyone genuinely wants to help each other develop.
We train in the dance studio at Birkdale Intermediate which has mirrors and air conditioning. We welcome new members to come and try this martial art at any time. Please just wear comfortable clothing and come along, you will be welcomed at the door.