Wellington Karate Academy was foundered in 2005.
Founder Lance Lissette and other senior blackbelt members trained in a Shotokan based style for many years, in a club predominant in national and international competition during the 1990’s. As that club was devolving, the decision was taken to start a new club and not be bound by a single style.
Wellington Karate Academy is a registered member of Karate NZ, the official Government and Olympic sanctioned body, part of the World Karate Federation (WKF). Dan grades are registered with KNZ and their compliance code adopted.
Karate was originally focused on self-defence, a life changing necessity for many people in a bygone era. When karate was introduced from Okinawa to mainland Japan in the 1920’s – 1930’s the focus shifted to self improvement with emphasis on style and technique. We adopt both philosophies.
Our club training is based on a traditional Shotokan syllabus, fused with elements from other main styles.
The club is not run as a business. Lance and the other seniors train for enjoyment and the betterment of club members.
We are affiliated to Karate NZ and World Karate Federation