Red Scorpion Dojo has its own fulltime dojo situated at the Warkworth Showgrounds. The dojo caters for all ages, and boasts a mix of excellent Instructors.
The dojo is run by Chief Instructor Sensei Andrew Goddard, 4th Dan, and is affiliated to the American JKA-International, under the guidance of Sensei Edmond Otis, 8th Dan, the highest ranked Shotokan Karate Instructor in New Zealand. The primary Martial Art is Shotokan Karate and the dojo boasts a compliment of some 85 students.
AJKA-I has some 2500 students worldwide.
Sensei Goddard has trained in the Martial Arts for over 30 years, starting off in Judo before training in the UK in Shotokan Karate. He then joined the British Army where he trained extensively in unarmed combat and kick boxing. He became part of a specialised Airborne unit on 72 hours standby to deploy to any part of the world; trained in freefall parachuting and close quarter protection, unarmed combat and specialist weapons . After a number of years in this role he joined the British Police and furthered skills in Aikido along with a return to Shotokan Karate. Advanced driving and pursuit driving, along with police firearms and tactics, restraint and hold techniques added to Sensei Goddard's skill base.
In 2005 Sensei Goddard formed Red Scorpion Dojo.
The training offered is Shotokan Karate based, interspersed with techniques from other systems, to form a very strong, not only traditional, but street oriented reality based Martial Art. Having been in some of the toughest situations in the toughest places in the world, Sensei now feels it is time to pass on the skills and experience gained throughout his 30 years Military, Police and Security Consultancy work.
Sensei Goddard recently completed 2 back to back operational tours in Afghanistan where he was working with US Special Forces. The role was demanding and involved personal protection, weapons and unarmed combat training, covert close target reconnaissance and site/route surveys.
Sensei continues to carry out security consulting and training to overseas clients, civilian, Military and Law Enforcement, travelling regularly to the Middle East and South East Asia.
Red Scorpion Dojo boasts a compliment of excellent Black Belt Instructors.
The dojo regularly train with Sensei Otis, both in Warkworth and Napier. There is also an annual summer camp held on the beach in California, and the dojo is active in local and national competitions where they regularly rank in the top 3.
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