The Howick & St Heliers Judo Club (formally known as the Howick Academy of Judo) was founded over thirty years ago by Ivan Willis, who is currently a sixth dan Judoka.
Ivan is also a black belt in Aikido and Karate. The club operated on a small scale until the Howick Recreation Centre opened and the club moved in as own of the Centre’s foundation sports.
When Ivan retired from Judo in 2005, the club was taken over by Lawrie Crooke. At that stage, Lawrie was a member of the club and had trained under Ivan for eighteen years.
The club, primarily based in Howick, was soon expanded to include St Heliers. The Howick training sessions are still held at the Howick Recreation Centre on Pakuranga Rd. The St Heliers training sessions are held at the Barfoot & Thompson Stadium on Kohimarama Rd.
Club members have the flexibility to attend training sessions at either location.
All instructors at the Howick and St Heliers Judo Club hold coaching certificates from Judo New Zealand.
Please visit their website for more info!
Auckland Aikikai was founded by Rosso Fernandez Shihan (6th dan) in 1999 to further promote Aikido in New Zealand. Rosso Sensei is an internationally acknowledged Aikido instructor and Auckland Aikikai is an acknowledged independent Aikikai organisation by Aikido Hombu Dojo.
Auckland Aikikai has several Dojo for training – please refer to the Dojo pages to find a Dojo near you.
We welcome you to join us in energetic and enjoyable training sessions to develop yourself and others through the martial art of Aikido.
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