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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 the name of the [potential] karate student below along with a contact email address- we’ll then send you an email with more information! – If you’re registering more than one person please do this for each person – you can use the same email if that’s easier!

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 (through Contact us) 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 – sparring etc (invitation only)
  • THURSDAY 6.00 – 7.30pm Intermediate / Advanced
  • WEEKENDS – Squad training – sparring etc (invitation only)


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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

Fees can be cancelled at anytime but cancellation must be received in writing. You can use the ‘Contact Us’ form on this page to do this.

Our Trainers

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

Pete Thompson Kyoshi

Pete Thompson Kyoshi

Renshi (Kyoshi) Pete Thompson Sensei

Kyoshi Pete’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, Kyoshi Pete holds blackbelts in various styles:

  • 6th dan Seishin Budo Kyokai (Kyoshi)
  • 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.

Kyoshi 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 Kyoshi moved to Invercargill in 2007. The most southern WAKO and Seishin dojo in the world has been operating since June 2008.

Kyoshi Pete 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
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).

Dione Kingma Sempai

Dione Kingma Sempai

Dione Kingma is one of first TOA Fighting Systems students to be graded to blackbelt in Southland!

Jason Mischewski

Jason Mischewski

Jason is  blackbelt in TOA Fighting Systems Kickboxing and is graded to blackbelt under the WAKO.

Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis

Dave started his kickboxing career with TOA in early 2010 and competed regularly nationally and internationally, until turning his focus onto coaching in late 2021.

Dave would describe his tutelage as “studying under the three wise men” of Southern combat sports learning and sharpening his skills under the legends Sensei Pete Thompson, Matt Toa and Blake Tomlinson, and would now describe his style as a unique mix of traditional K1 and Muay Thai kickboxing (with a thunderous spinning back kick 😂).

3xISKA South Island middleweight champion

WAKO South Island 80kg champion

ISKA NZ middleweight Champion

WAKO Oceaiania Middleweight Champion

Kings of Combat light heavyweight international Pro Champion.

WAKO NZ National Kickboxing team member, Macedonia, Brazil, Serbia and Hungary.

2x South Island Representative King In The Ring (2014 and 2018)

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