Manukau & South Auckland

About

Papakura is the only dojo in the South Auckland area specialising in kyokushinkai karate. Opening in August 2005. Sensei Rhendy Visser has trained in Kyokushin Karate all over the world and has now settled in Papakura with his family. This is a new and exciting step in Rhendy’s martial art career, he is very enthusiastic to share his knowledge and experience. If you should drop into his dojo you’ll get the first two lessons for free.

There are separate lessons for Kids & Adults Monday and Friday evenings –

Kids Karate 5yrs to 11 yrs, 6.00pm till 7.00pm – A good way of developing self confidence, hand eye coordination & core strengths whilst learning the foundation of Karate, punching, kicking, stances, Kata & fighting, with an emphasis on having fun whist learning but still maintaining discipline.

Traditional Seniors Class. Teenagers to adults of all levels. 7.00pm till 8.30pm – Learning the foundations of Karate; punching, kicking, stances, Kata & free form fighting with an emphasis on developing movement, blocking, attacking, evasion, relaxation & also body & mind conditioning.

All Classes are aimed at improving people’s general health, fitness, core strengths & preparing for grading.

Contact Details

Ph 09 298 2183

Dojo: Papakura Soccer Clubrooms,

Mclennan Park, Arimu Road,

Papakura

e-mail: Sensei Visser

Dojo Operator

Sensei Rhendy Visser, 3rd Dan

Years Practising: Started training in
Years Teaching: 22 years (in various dojo)
Trained: England, South Africa & New Zealand
Karate Achievements:
Participated in National/International Tournaments.
Represented NZ at Australasian Champs in Australia.
Represented Provincial Teams in South Africa
2007 International Senior Karate Championship, Japan. Mens over 40 yrs under 70Kg – Quarter finalist.
2009 NZ Kata Championship – 1st place.
2009 International Senior Karate Championship, Japan. Mens over 40 yrs under 70Kg – Second place.

  • When did you start training?

I started training in Karate with a style called Taido in 1979 when I left school & moved from Te Kuiti toHamilton.

  • What got you interested in Kyokushin?

I had always been interested in Martial arts ever since seeing those Bruce Lee movies & a show on TV called Kung Fu.

  • Where have you trained throughout your Kyokushin career?

After training in Taido for around a year the club closed down, I looked around a few clubs in my area & was well impressed by the power & strength of Kyokushin. I remember going to a demonstration & watching some guys doing Sanchin Kata which is a Kata that is performed whilst be tested which looks like getting beaten the hell out of! I thought “man those guys are tough; I want a bit of this! The guy who did the Kata ended up being my instructor, Shihan Kevin Peperell who ran the Dojo under Shihan Rob Begbie. I trained under him for about 4 years, not long after I got my Black Belt Kevin got recruited by Selwyn Jones & left Kyokushin to pursue Kickboxing. I was asked by Rob to take over the club as head instructor together with Barbara Murphy (Knowles). I only did that for about a year when I transferred with my work to New Plymouth. After that I went overseas on my O.E. I did quite a lot of training in London for 1 year. I also lived in South Africa for about 4 years & trained there intensely for quite a number of years, I trained 5 days per week, this is where I realised my potential as a fighter. While training in South Africa I became assistant instructor for my Dojo.

We travelled back to NZ in 1991. I trained on & off over the years attending classes in Boxing, Aikido& numerous seminars, anything that may broaden my knowledge in Martial arts. Finally I started Papakura Kyokushin in 2006. Before starting Papakura Dojo I had never been in a club that trained children under 16 years old. It has been quite a challenge for me to work out techniques to train the young ones but feel I am now making a bit of headway & am really proud of my junior class.  It is also grate to see so many Mums & Dads who come along & train with their Kids in the Junior class. The kids also enjoy seeing that it isn’t only hard for them as adults struggle the same way.

My senior class is always going through ups & downs as it is always difficult for adults trying to commit to training with all the pressures of also juggling work & family. I really enjoy training with my senior students as the all push me & themselves hard, I know I have to keep working hard myself to stay on top of them at times. I have a good bunch of guys who train in the senior class that are always open to suggestions, support each other with goals, have fun & always welcome & support new students.

Some of the highlights of my Karate career would be my awesome club, seeing my wife Sabine achieve her Black belt last year, coming 2nd in the 2009 world Masters Tournament, Making the Quarter finals in the 2007 world tournament, winning the 2009 NZ Nationals Black belt Kata. Another highlight was when I was inIndia I witnessed Kalaripayattu, which is believed to be the origins of Asian martial arts; fromIndia it was introduced toChina.

Also on that same trip to India I was awarded an Honourable 2nd Dan Black belt in a style called Asho Kai Full Contact Karate Do after I fought & knocked out their top ranked fighter & was asked to officiate in their Blackbelt grading.

 

  • What do you want to achieve?

Towards the Future I am preparing to go to Japan in November this year where I will compete in the Masters division (Over 40years) in the world tournament & while in Japan will also be attending a camp at Lake Yamanaka where I will be assessed for 3rd Dan Black Belt. After I come back I want to retire from fighting competitions and concentrate on bettering students in my own club.

  • What is your vision for Papakura dojo?

Actually I like the club how it is right now; a lot of the students in the junior class are attending as an interest, getting fit, building confidence & discipline & in general having some fun at the same time.

I have started a Wednesday informal type class for blue belts & up; for those who have shown they have been with PKK for a while but want to improve themselves to progress through the grades a bit faster. The junior class is only for 1 hour twice per week & I find it difficult to cover alot of the grading syllabus requirements especially as the grades get higher. This class gives the opportunity for those who want to push a bit harder and put extra in; but those who are happy to keep going at an easy pace will just go to the normal Monday & Friday classes. I have already had some success with this extra class as Kelan has attended nearly every extra class & has come forward in leaps & bounds so much so that he graded to green belt after not being quite ready at the previous mass grading 3 months earlier. I have even had a couple of my senior students come along on Wednesdays and doing a bit of their own personal development.

So in general I am keen to see & help anyone in the club reach their personal goals through Karate, whether it be directly with Karate or more on personal level.

This year Sam & Micah are attempting the ultimate test of Black Belt and in the future I hope to see a steady stream of good quality students moving through to meet this challenge.

  • Who inspires you to keep training?

Probably my biggest supporter & inspiration is my wife, Sabine. She pushes me to always do better, encourages me to keep training & helps guide me through rough patches. I would have not achieved much in Kyokushin without her behind me.

I am lucky to have made many life long friends through Kyokushin that are always offering heaps of support & those always important encouraging words along the way. Sensei Tahi Parata is always telling me how much he believes in me and has always inspired me to seek deeper meanings of all aspects of Martial arts. Shihan Stephen Takiwa has turned out to be a good friend & supporter as well as inspiring me to believe through dedication & focus I can be world class. Another inspiration is also Jayson Supercharge Vemoa with an always positive outlook & an open minded approach to his training, fighting & total compassion to everyone he touches from all walks of life; martial artist or not. Being kind & understanding towards people is what Martial artist should strive for first, in the end when we are old this strength is what people will remember.