Bannockburn Kyokushin - Sensei Astrid Geneblaza (Poole) along with her husband Mike have opened another Southern contact in the NZ Kyokushin's family. Sensei Astrid is a southern girl through and through growing up in Wanaka, deciding she had to come home to raise her 2 girls (Olivia and Natalia). She now joins other SI dojo run by Sensei Mark Doudle (Timaru), Sempai Neil Culling (Waimate), Sempai Pauline Jackson (Fairly) and Sempai Claire McBride (Christchurch). Sensei Astrid first started Kyokushin Karate under Sensei Graham Gavegan in Dunedin then moved to Auckland under the guidance of Shihan Stephen Takiwa. From there Sensei Astrid has competed in Australia, Japan, France & New York. Moving to Japan to work & train for 7 years under the watchful eye Shihan Eguchi (husband and coach to 2001 Women's World Champion Miyuki Eguchi) and then returning to New Zealand in 2004. Now her 2 girls are slightly older Sensei Astrid is ready and able to commit to running the dojo. There's definitely a family love of Kyokushin as the whole family is training with husband Mike recently obtaining Shodan (1st degree black belt) and Astrid's mother is also the proud recipient of her Shodan!

Training Schedule

3.15-4.15pm Beginners
6-7pm Beginners
7.15-8.45pm Seniors

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Dojo Operator

Sensei Astrid Geneblaza (Poole), 3rd Dan

Years Practising: 13
Years Teaching: 6 years
Karate Achievements: Successfully running own dojo in Bannockburn/Cromwell
Australian and New Zealand lightweight champion 1997, 1998, 2000 & 2001
Represented NZ at the Women's World Championships 1999, 2001 in Japan, and 2003 in New York achieving ranking of 5th


Sempai Mike Geneblaza, 1st Dan

Mike Practising : 4
Teaching since: 2010
Karate Achievements: Achieving shodan grade in April 2011. Successfully running dojo with wife Astrid in Bannockburn/Cromwell

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Contact Details

Ph: 03 445 1889
Mob: 021 947 059

Dojo: Cromwell College Gymnasium
Barry Ave

e-mail: Sensei Astrid Geneblaza

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