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Totara Heights Dojo - Manukau

 Self defence is not a sport,
it’s your health & wellbeing!


We adapt core principles from Master Martial Artists and select a range of self-defence tools that give results, not medals.

Our defence style is based on minimal effort - economy of movement - and harmonising with your opponent for maximum effect.   We place value on the ethics of Respect, Fair Play and Honour in our students.

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First 2 classes are FREE

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 Manukau City East Heian (Hey-an) Dōjō was formed in August 2008 and is a privately owned club previously affiliated with Academy of Martial Arts Self Defence.  We encourage a sense of wellbeing and achievement in our students as they learn self confidence, self awareness, team building skills, fitness, flexibility and multiple self defence styles from certified black belt instructors in a safe, fun-filled environment.


 Heian in Japanese means peaceful or tranquil and we adopt this attitude towards our training.  By harmonising with our opponent in terms of their distance and attack we can use their own energy against them.  We can overcome attacks by using a set of core truths found in all styles of martial arts. By learning and adhering to this core structure of rules we find that size, weight, height and ability can be combated in various ways with the least amount of energy needed.

 Our adult classes cover a formula of techniques and theories from separate martial arts styles that will blend together to form stepping stones of understanding and advancement in our core style - Bujutsu. These levels are taught and examined by our sensei. We pride ourselves on being a non-political dōjō and we share our theories and practice with other esteemed martial art clubs such as the Institute of Aikido in Silverdale, Aikiway Aikido in Pt. Chev Auckland and Laingholm Jitsu whose top ranking sensei are also held in the highest regard by the Manukau and Papakura clubs.


 The main driving force behind our Heian school for our juniors is to provide a focus on the younger generation who have become entrenched in the Silicone Age of computers and technology, to revisit the art of learning communication skills through both vocal, mental and physical interaction. We strive to reinvent these skills back to the children and adults alike. All our students will learn to interact with men and women, boys and girls of all ages. We teach you to be independent, respectful but never fearful of any other person. We teach you to have faith in your learning, have faith in your abilities and you will develop a more confident attitude as you progress.


 The worst thing we can do to our children is ignore their basic need to learn and grow as young people. At the Heian Dōjō we help to give them the basic building blocks needed to survive in an ever changing society that becomes more complex and challenging with each passing year.

We help them to help themselves and others by being more positive, more outgoing and become young leaders for the future.

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