Please Note: We do not hold a class on the last Thursday of each month.
Please enter your details on the right (or send us a text message) if you’d like your first class for free.
Then read the Your First Class tab at the top of the page to find out what to bring.
Your First Kung Fu Class
Congratulations on taking the first step. Here’s a list of things you should be aware of for your first class:
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the class starts. This allows us to meet with you to explain a little about our history and how the class operates and then pair you up with a training buddy.
New people are paired with a senior to ensure they get the best attention during the class.
Wear loose fitting long pants and a plain t-shirt. No shorts, singlet tops, or offensive markings/alcohol advertising.
You can bring a drink bottle if you wish or purchase one on site.
If you come with an open mind and a good attitude you will enjoy yourself.
We welcome you to your own martial arts journey.
The newly opened Kung fu School – Aokautere, is Palmerston North’s 3rd Shaolin kung fu school to open! Newly established in 2018, here we cater to students aged 4+ across 3 classes (Peewee’s for children aged 4-6, Children’s for children aged 7-12, and Adult’s for ages 13+).
We welcome you to come and give Kung fu a try!
I started kung fu in January 2008, at the age of 10, training with Sifu O’Sullivan at the headquarters in Palmerston North.
I was tricked into attending my first kung fu class after my friend failed to convince me that attending was a good idea! It only took that one class for me to become completely obsessed with kung fu! Now, over 10 years later, I can’t imagine my life without it.
Kung fu is where I have met all of my best friends, as well as a second family.
Kung fu has done wonders for my confidence, taught me self discipline and also, the value of hard work. (The term ‘kung-fu’ itself means success through effort.)
With a lot of that aforementioned hard work – I received my junior black belt in 2013, at the age of 15. I received my 1st degree black belt a year later.
In my last year of high school I took over teaching the ‘pee wee’ class at HQ, Palmerston North. This is a kung fu class aimed toward children ages 4-7. Teaching this class definitely taught me to have a whole lot of patience!
I absolutely loved teaching this class and continued to do so until April of 2017; when I left New Zealand to travel the UK and Europe for 6 months.
Kung fu is greatly responsible for inspiring my love of travel – with kung fu I have not only been given the opportunity to travel nationally but also internationally, for training.
After my European adventure I returned to New Zealand and moved to Wellington, for work. Here I continued to teach and train across many of our kung fu schools.
After a kung fu school adventure to train primarily in Japan and Malaysia I will settle back down in Palmerston North, to pursue a Bachelor of Nursing.
This is where the Aokautere Kung-fu schools journey begins on September 4th 2018.
If you are even a teeny bit interested in kung fu, then I suggest you come along and try a FREE class! That way you can see for yourself all of the amazing things that kung fu has to offer you!