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Karate with JKA Massey

The JKA Massey karate club was started by Peter Zimmatore (5th dan) and his wife Yuriko (3rd dan) in 2018 after Peter and Yuriko arrived in New Zealand. Prior to their arrival they had lived in Japan for many years and studied at the JKA hombu dojo in Tokyo.

They are both lifetime members of the Japan Karate Association which practises the Shotokan style as developed by Master Funakoshi. The dojo is run on similar lines to the hombu dojo in Japan and follows a traditional Japanese style of instruction.



Peter Zimmatore

Chief Instructor, 5th dan

Peter Zimmatore is the Chief instructor of JKA Massey.

Peter began his training with Enoeda sensei in England.

In 2003 he moved to Japan to study at the JKA Headquarter dojo (hombu).

Peter and Yuriko set up home just 500 metres from the hombu dojo in Tokyo

which gave them the opportunity to train every week with the JKA's senior instructors.

Peter is 5th dan, B instructor, C Judge and C examiner.


Yuriko Zimmatore

Instructor, 3rd dan

Yuriko and Peter run JKA Massey as joint instructors.

Yuriko started karate in Japan at the hombu dojo in Tokyo where both she and Peter are lifetime members.

Yuriko is 3rd dan, D judge, D instructor and D examiner.


Shelley Grobler

Assistant Instructor, 4th dan

Shelley Grobler started training in South Africa where she was a member of the South African national team.

Shelley is 4th dan, D instructor, D judge, and D examiner.


Kriez Cuevas

JKA Massey Milford Instructor, 1st dan

Kriez started karate under Takahashi Masanori sensei in the JKA Philippines over 40 years ago.


When Peter and Yuriko sensei arrived in 2018 Kriez started training with them at the Massey university dojo.

He now has his own dojo in Milford which he runs with his wife Teresa.


Teresa Cuevas

JKA Massey Milford Instructor, 1st dan

Teresa started karate under Takahashi Masanori sensei in the JKA Philippines over 40 years ago.

Teresa also joined up with Peter and Yuriko at the Massey University dojo and now runs the JKA Massey dojo in Milford along with her husband Kriez.

About Karate


   sho     松     -   pine

   to        濤     -  wave, billow

   shoto 松濤  -  Master Funakoshi's                               pen name

   kan     館     -  hall, building

Funakoshi Gichin is known as the father of modern day karate. He was born in 1868 in Okinawa and as a boy studied karate under two masters, Master Itosu and Master Azato.


He became a school teacher and introduced karate into the Okinawan public school system, training in karate all the while with both masters. It was during this time that Okinawan karate emerged from its seclusion to become a legally sanctioned martial art.


In 1922 he was invited to demonstrate karate in mainland Japan by the Japanese Ministry of Education. This made such a powerful impression on the Japanese people that he was besieged with requests to remain in Japan and continue to teach, which he did.


His first dojo in Tokyo was named after him by his students, shoto > pine waves (Funakoshi's pen name), kan > building and this was eventually used as the name of his style of karate.


In 1955, the Japan Karate Association (JKA) was established in which Funakoshi served as chief instructor until his death in 1957.