All instructors train with the Dojo Chief Instructor Renshi Murray Simpson, on a
regular basis to ensure expected standards are maintained.
Sensei Murray Simpson
First started karate training in 1984 at the Dunedin Dojo under the instruction of
Sensei Bob Cahill. In June 1986 Murray was graded Shodan by Sensei Morio
Higoanna. During 1985 and 1988 Murray taught at the University of Otago Karate
Club where around 120 students regularly trained two nights a week. During this
time Murray continued to train at the Dunedin Hondo Dojo 4 nights a week. In 1989
Murray moved to Auckland and continued his training until early 1990's.
During mid 1990's Murray took up triathlons which culminated in him qualifying and
competing as an amateur in the 1993 Ironman World Championships at Kona
Hawaii, finishing in 214 place.
In late 2001 Murray resumed his karate training and in October 2004 he started
the Remuera Dojo at the Victoria Avenue Primary School Hall. When this school
hall became unavailable due to renovations in May 2005 the Remuera Dojo moved
to Kings Prep School Gym. The club moved back to Victoria Avenue Primary
School Hall in December 2005 as the Kings Prep School Gym was demolished to
make way for new classrooms and a new gym.
In March 2013 Murray was graded to Renshi Go Dan by Hanshi Kiichi Nakamoto.
In March 2015 Murray moved the Remuera dojo to its current location in Papahia
Street Parnell to establish a full time dojo. Since late 2016 Murray has focused
more of his attention on building the club up to becoming a full time dojo.
|Hanshi 10 th Dan)