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For nearly two decades TOA has been teaching, training and transforming people just like you.

Our method of teaching will build you up with a comprehensive style of training that covers standup, grappling, self defense and advanced training and will further reinforce your abilities with specific mental and physical conditioning.

Become a warrior with TOA Fighting Systems

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 Ever wanted to have a go? There is nothing to be afraid of! All our students, all our fighters and all our champions are no different than you, except they made the decision to join! Remember, an expert in anything was once a beginner!


All TOA instructors are senior graded in multiple disciplines including Kickboxing, Karate and Taekwondo. TOA instructors hold accreditation issued by the New Zealand Martial Arts Institute and are also Police checked. Train with the Best!  

Young Warriors

Our junior classes (7+) teach important character values  side by side with physical skills. Honour, Dignity, Respect and Discipline; we don’t just build champions, we build good people.

Get your belt

 TOA utilises an internationally recognised grading system in both Kickboxing and Karate. Students have the opportunity to be assessed and grade under the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations and/or Seishin Kan Shorinji Ryu Okinawa Renmei Karate


TOA has National and International champions in its ranks across a variety of disciplines. With students regularly making New Zealand representative teams and traveling the world, we know the path to victory.

Unleash yourself

 Want to be more confident? Want to look good and feel great? Want to find out What You’re Really Made of?

Willing is not enough, we must do

Bruce Lee
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10 Week Kickboxing Beginners Class - ages 14+

Learn and experience the physical fitness, mental focus, clarity and
peace of mind the martial arts can develop.

This course is dedicated to building individuals who want the challenges
and rewards the martial arts has to offer. This is a non-contact course
and involves:

• Learning basic stances
• Breathing techniques
• Basic kickboxing techniques
• Pad work
• Fitness and strength training

You’ll be graded to Red belt in the WAKO kickboxing grading syllabus and invited to
continue training in our Regular Classes.

The cost for this course is $140 and includes 10 classes, grading, certificate and red belt at the completion of the course. The course cost must be paid upfront or by the second class. Please note, this course is for students aged 14+.

You’ll need to bring:
• Comfortable training gear (for example, shorts and tshirt)
• A bottle of water
• We supply gloves but if you have a decent pair of 12-16oz gloves you can bring those
• We recommend you bring your own hand wraps (look for ‘quick wraps’ at any major sports retailer or you can buy a pair from us for $10)
• A great attitude!

To get more information on when the next course will be held, or to register for the next course, checkout our Facebook page – please note, we only have information available a fortnight before the start of each 10 week course.

Karate – ages 7+

Karate is not just for kids; although we do start training them from 7 years of age! TOA has a number of international Karate champions in its ranks, and all instructors are experienced in international competition.

Our classes teach important character values side by side with physical skills. Honour, Dignity, Respect and Discipline; we don’t just build champions, we build good people.. Our style is Seishin Ryu with international affiliation with Seishin Kan. Students gain improved focus and true fighting spirit through the perfection of karate do (the way of karate).

Regular training sessions will turn you (or your loved ones) into persons of strong character, self aware alongside having the skills to defend oneself with techniques we know work (because we’ve used them) in an art that has been passed down through an impressive lineage over generations.

If you’d like to try out Karate, or if you’d like to see if your child or children like it you’re welcome to attend two Tuesday night (5.30-6.30pm) classes before deciding  to join up. To register for the two free classes please enter your details below – we’ll then send you an email with more information!

Karate training times:

TUESDAY 5.30pm – 6.30pm Juniors / Junior Ranks (White belt to Green belt)

TUESDAY 6.30pm – 7.30pm Seniors / Intermediate and above (Red belt and above)

FRIDAY 6.00pm – 7.00pm, Kihon and Kata [techniques and kata] (all grades)

FRIDAY 7.00pm – 7.45pm Kumite (sparring) and drills (all grades)

FRIDAY 7.45-8.30pm Advanced Kata (Red belt and up)

Kickboxing – ages 14+


Once you’ve completed the 10 week beginners course you are then able to attend our normal kickboxing training classes. If you think you don’t need to do the Beginners Course, get in touch and and we can assess where you’re at.

Our regular classes cover a number of training specifics including:

  • Fitness (Aerobic and Anaerobic)
  • Pad work – techniques; power and speed etc
  • Offensive and Defensive techniques – both stand up and floor training
  • Self Defence techniques
  • Ring Craft
  • Sparring and Tournament preparation

Training times:

  • MONDAY 6.30 – 8.00pm Intermediate / Advanced
  • WEDNESDAY 6.30 – finish Squad Training (invitation only)
  • THURSDAY 6.00 – 7.30pm Intermediate / Advanced

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All fees are paid via Direct Debit

Annual Membership Fee (all members): $20.00 – due 1 April each year

Fees are due for the YEAR but payable Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly or Yearly

Fees paid are non-refundable

Our Trainers

All TOA Fighting Systems senior instructors are blackbelt graded and have many years experience in multiple disciplines of the Martial Arts.

Peter Thompson Shihan

Peter Thompson Shihan

Renshi (Shihan) Peter Thompson Sensei

Shihan Peter’s martial training began as a child learning unarmed and armed combat with his father, a Vietnam veteran and former member of a NZDF anti-terrorist unit.

Today, Shihan Peter holds blackbelts in various styles:

  • 5th dan Seishin Budo Kyokai (Shihan)
  • 5th dan Seishin-Kan Shorinji Ryu Okinawa Renmei
  • 4th dan Seishin-Ryu Karate
  • 3rd dan WAKO Kickboxing
  • 2nd dan WTF Taekwondo
  • 1st degree WKA Kickboxing

He has a long competition history including titles in Taekwondo, Karate and Kickboxing; former National champion in Kickboxing and an International title holder in Karate. In 2010 he was conferred by the NZMAI an award for excellence in martial arts.

His experiences working as a doorman in Auckland for eight years, running security for dignitaries and training actors and members of CIB has given him the opportunity to test what works and what doesn’t.

Shihan began instructing martial arts in 1996 and not long after this started TOA Fighting Systems with his friend and training partner Sifu Tony Billy. After starting TOA in 1997 Shihan moved to Invercargill in 2007. The most southern WAKO and Seishin dojo in the world has been operating since June 2008.

Shihan Peter holds a degree in Strategic Management (Business Transformation) and Sport Management and is active in both his local Community, Nationally and Internationally:

  • Southland Area Director for the New Zealand Martial Arts Institute
  • President TOA Fighting Systems
  • Chairman Southland Community Broadcasters Charitable Trust
  • Director Stadium Southland
  • Former Board member International Executive WAKO Kickboxing (5+ years)
  • Former New Zealand and Oceania President for the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (10+ years)
  • Former Chairman Swim Safe Southland Advisory Group
  • Former Member of the Southern Institute of Technology Sports and Recreation Advisory Group
Agata Kaluzna Sensei

Agata Kaluzna Sensei

Sensei Agata’s adventure with Martial Arts started during her high school years in 1992. Her first Sensei, Jolanta Warchulska was a great teacher with a huge knowledge about the Shotokan style. Under Sensei Jolanta’s teaching Agata took part in few competitions and developed skills needed to be Sempai.

In 2001 she completed a course and was granted the professional title of a Karate Shotokan Instructor.

At the same time she finished training for referee qualifications in two Karate federations: Polish Karate Federation and Polish Federation of Traditional Karate Fudokan. For the next few years her time was well spent attending karate competitions as a referee. Between 2001-2006 she was chairwoman of Karate Club “Tori” in Wroclaw, Poland.

After she moved to New Zealand in 2006, she found her martial arts home at TOA Fighting Systems, Seishin-Ryu Karate club in Invercargill and was awarded Sho-Dan black belt in 30th of October 2011 and granted the title Sensei not long after.

Adam Kaluzny Sensei

Adam Kaluzny Sensei

Sensei Adam started practicing Martial Arts at the age of 17 at his local Kyokushin Karate Club in his hometown of Dzierzoniow in Poland. After a few years when he moved to near by Wroclaw to study geology at the Wroclaw University where he joined a Shotokan style karate club. Over the next few years Adam was involved in Karate throughout the Polish Karate Federation and Traditional Karate Federation Fudokan where he gained Karate Instructor and Regional Karate referee qualifications.

After moving to New Zealand in 2006 he joined TOA Fighting System in Invercargill and after years of training was graded Shodan (1st dan Black belt) during a karate camp at the Seishin-Ryu Honbu dojo in Auckland in 2012. In the same year he took a part in a trip to Fukuoka Japan as a member of the Seihin-Ryu karate New Zealand team. The highlight of the trip was a karate tournament where the New Zealand team won a number of medals including Sensei Adam won first place in kumite in his respective division. In 2013 Adam was selected to be a member of the National Black Kicks team to represent New Zealand at the WAKO World Kickboxing Championships in Antalya Turkey (Point Fighting and Light Continuous).

During the day Sensei Adam (PhD, geology) works as a geologist for Solid Energy in their operations in Southland. He regularly practices karate and kickboxing at TOA Fighting Systems and is also actively in photography and archery (1st place in team competition on SIDDA 2014 championship).

Daniel Schuck Sempai

Daniel Schuck Sempai

Sempai Dan has been training in Seishin Ryu Karate for the past 6 years and Kickboxing for the past 5 years. In 2013 he was promoted to Sempai (Senior Student) and in 2012 during a Karate tournament in Japan he placed third in Kata and third in kumite (fighting) in his respective divisions.

Dan has competed and won in other regional competitions in Karate and Kickboxing including being awarded the most technical fighter during a kickboxing tournament. He has twice travelled nationally to attend seminars and gradings and is currently a probationary black belt. He is also graded in WAKO Kickboxing and in 2014 was selected to represent New Zealand at the WAKO Junior World Kickboxing Championships in Italy.

Joshua Jefferis

Joshua Jefferis

Josh has been training in kickboxing since 2006. First starting under Paul Stewart and then in 2008 under Sensei Peter Thompson. Whilst Kickboxing has been his main focus during this time he has also trained in both Karate and Boxing, strengthening his kickboxing style as a whole and increasing his understanding of techniques and respect for other styles.
Josh has been actively competing in tournaments for a number of years winning the majority of his fights around the country. He has twice represented New Zealand overseas at the WAKO World Kickboxing Championships; Macedonia in 2011 and Brazil in 2013. During his semi-final bout in Brazil, he narrowly missed out on a bronze medal by one point.
Josh has been assisting Sensei Pete with kickboxing classes for a number of years now, taking an active part during classes and also instructing classes when Sensei Pete has not been available. Josh has also been instrumental in the preparation of fighters for tournaments, and has often acted as either the corner or second for a number of our fighters. Josh is well known for his wicked sense of humour and quite unique laugh.

David Watts

David Watts

Dave started his kickboxing journey through TOA in early 2010 and had his first fight a mere 5 months later. He’s since fought regularly and in his own words “..have studied and learnt from the best Southland has to offer spending a lot of quality time training with both Sensei Pete and Sempai Josh Jefferies”.

Dave is particularly knowledgeable in nutrition and exercise through his years of study at S.I.T and prides himself on being able to advise and help first time fighters from the club make weight safely and efficiently.

Dave currently holds a 1st Kyu brown belt in WAKO kickboxing and has an impressive national and international competition history including

Current 2015 ISKA South Island Middleweight Champion
NZ kickboxing Team New Zealand Representative Macedonia 2011
NZ kickboxing Team New Zealand Representative Brazil 2013
NZ kickboxing Team New Zealand Representative Serbia 2015

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