9th Dan Fuji Ryu Goshindo Ju Jitsu / 9th Dan Shorinji Kan Ju Jitsu
NZJJF Outstanding Service Award (2013)
Paul Reti began judo in 1965 at the International Judo College in Christchurch under Frank Best, a black belt from the training of Dutch Kawaishi judo and ju-jitsu pioneer, Henk Fekkes. Frank also offered classes in ju-jitsu through the Canterbury Unarmed Combat School - a part of the College - and Paul learnt both arts.
Another instructor at the College was John Boniface. When John returned from martial arts studies under Sugawara Gesshu (10th dan) at Kokushikan University in Japan and established Fuji Ryu Goshindo in New Zealand, Paul continued under him, gaining his 1st dan in 1972. Paul opened clubs at the Hereford Street YMCA and Bryndwr YMCA, and also taught at the Christchurch Arts Centre and the Christchurch Polytechnic. In 1979, Paul lived for a time in Australia and during that time he continued his studies under Gary Brown at the Police Citizens Youth Club on the Gold Coast. He returned in 1980 and set up a club at Parklands, which ran until Paul relocated to the Can Am Ju club.
When John Boniface died in 1992, Stan Taylor took over the Fuji Ryu organization until his resignation in 1994, at which point Paul became the head instructor. He was graded to 6th dan in 1993 and 7th dan in 1999, which is his current grade. Paul has taught and graded a number of notable New Zealand ju-jitsuka including James Salter and Alistair Thompson (Sakura Kan), Paul Stokes (Furui Ryu), Julian Columbus, Jim Colenso, Dave Lomax, Alan and John Cooper, and Todd and Scott Rogers. Paul’s own career has spanned almost five decades and eight martial arts clubs can trace their teaching back to the ju-jitsu style that he represents as the New Zealand head of Fuji Ryu Goshindo Jiu Jitsu.
Olivecrona Ju Jitsu
6th Dan Kawaishi Ju Jitsu / 6th Dan Shorinji Kan Ju Jitsu
Stenfinn Olivecrona was a student of the Kawaishi system who had adapted his jiu jitsu to his work in the security industry. Whilst the foundation techniques of the Olivecrona Jiu Jitsu are Kawaishi they are taught in a completely different manner. Techniques are classed roughly into out-fighting, in-fighting and groundfighting, with an emphasis on close-contact clinch fighting. Delivery is principles-based, which allows the student to learn to fight in a fluent and individualised manner.
New Zealand Eagle Spirit Ju Jitsu
5th Dan Spirit Combat / 5th Dan AikiJuJutsu / 5th Dan Shorinji Kan Ju Jitsu
New Zealand Eagle Spirit Jujitsu was founded in January 1999 in Wanganui, New Zealand, by Kancho Robin Howard and has grown from humble beginnings to become an important milestone for hundreds of current and past students in the Whanganui district and beyond. The organisation has even had foreign students from as far away as Greenland, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan.
The style teaches components of self-defence, rather than a focus on competition and sport martial art. It is composed of a number of different elements including more traditional Japanese breakfall techniques or 'Ukemi', throwing and sweeping techniques or 'Nage Waza', groundwork techniques or 'Ne Waza', as well as other 'stand-up' striking, blocking and kicking techniques (drawn from Kick-boxing, Karate, Hapkido and Panantukan).
At each belt, the student is required to test against these techniques as well as the ten unique formal techniques or 'forms' of the style, drawn from the organisation's founding English aiki-jujitsu system. There is also a comprehensive weapons syllabus that runs alongside and compliments the adults 'empty hand' syllabus, and which junior students begin learning at the intermediate grade level. This syllabus is drawn from a Filipino Eskrima system learnt and adopted by Kancho Robin.
New Zealand Eagle Spirit Jujitsu has a strong community focus and always endeavours to encourage the growth of strong, respectful, and principled individuals. It also endeavours to remove barriers to learning, whether financial, social, cultural, or psychological
6th Dan Aikido / 6th Dan AikiJuJutsu / 3rd Dan Shorinji Kan Ju Jitsu
Tony Schaufelberger has over thirty years of martial arts experience and is regarded as one of New Zealand’s premier Aikido and Aiki weapons teachers. His expertise in Aikido and Aiki-weapons means he has mastered some martial principles to there highest level. His specialty of Aikido allow us to explore martial principles in a unique and different context.
Andrew Standish (Special Forces Ret.)
Military CDB Instructor / 3rd Dan Shorinji Kan Ju Jitsu
Andrew Standish is a retired special forces soldier with a wide background in multiple special forces units and has fought on several continents. His expertise in CQB means he has mastered some martial principles to there highest level. His specialty of CQB allow us to explore martial principles in a unique and different context.