Instructors

Shihan Mark Stewart – head instructor

Mark Stewart has studied a range of martial arts throughout his career and founded SABAKI-Do Karate in New Zealand in 2014. The aim of SABAK-DO is not to create a style, but more to establish a system based on principles that have flexibility for all uses regardless of size, gender or physical attributes. The goal is to use the knowledge Mark has gained and the experience he has acquired, to develop a system that is unique to each individual. SABAKI-DO will lay a strong foundation of marital arts for the practitioner to then study and develop their own style.

Mark Stewart has taught and studied martial arts for over 40 years. His first introduction to martial arts was at the age of 8, when he studied boxing for 3 years, having some 16 fights in total. He went on from here to join Sounji ryu karate, which was a traditional style, to which he was involved for some 14 years attaining a 2nd dan black belt. During this time he also studied American sport karate (Jhoon Rhee system) attaining also a 2nd dan black belt.

Mark also trained briefly in Tae Kwon Do here in New Zealand, Attaining an honory black belt, and whilst overseas, he continued his Tae Kwon Do training in America and Scotland recognized as a Tae Kwon Do black belt.

On his return to New Zealand, Mark was introduced to Ashihara Karate, and trained and taught it till 2014, choosing this style for its practicality and rationality. Mark was the Ashihara Branch chief instructor for NZ for over 10 years.

In 1998 Mark traveled to Okinawa to compete in the World Goju Ryu karate championships, where he won gold in the light heavy weight full contact division. Prior to this Mark had already competed in some 3 world Championships in Denmark .

SABAKI-DO was a natural progression to enhancing and improving the ever changing styles of martial arts.

Senior Instructors

Sempai Ross

2nd dan black belt.

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Sempai John Roberts

2nd dan black belt.

John started martial arts in april 2003 in the little dragons class at the fighting fit academy this was John’s first introduction to Martial arts, he has stayed loyal to Ashihara Kaikan Karate ever since joining and attained his first dan black belt in 2008 and his 2nd dan in 2012. John joined Kids Kickboxing in 2003, this class has now been renamed College Kickboxing where John instructs as well as being an instructor in the Karate classes.

Sempei Graham Aiken

1st dan black belt.

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Sempai Chris Taylor

1st dan black belt.

Chris trained in Kyokushin Karate at the Mt Victoria Dojo, Wellington and achieved his black belt in 2003. He then moved to Auckland and after a short break started training in Ashihara Karate at the Fighting Fit Academy, attaining his black belt in 2010. Chris is now one of the core instructors of the Sabaki-do Karate system.


Sempai Brett Aspden

1st dan black belt.

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Sempai Robert Fay

1st dan black belt.

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Junior Instructors

Kate Roberts

1st dan black belt.

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Ryan Hing

1st dan black belt.

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Monica Hing

1st dan black belt.

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Miranda Hing

1st dan black belt.

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