Aims of The Club
- The New Zealand Disability Karate Association is a non-profit, karate club. Our primary function is to provide a service that will give disabled people an opportunity to experience the joy and benefits of karate by focusing on the key values of integrity, honesty, courage and humility.
- The New Zealand Disability Karate Association has been established and maintained for charitable purposes and will not be carried on for the private profit of any individual.
- Our club promotes a traditional karate-training regime for people of all ages in a safe and positive learning environment.
- We guide and support people of all ages to develop sound karate and self-defence skills regardless of physical ability.
- We guide and support people of all ages to develop sound karate and self-defence skills regardless financial circumstances.
- Through karate we promote physical fitness, personal discipline and healthy lifestyles.
- Through karate we will help anyone achieve his or her full potential.
- Membership is open to any individual who wishes to be a student and participate in the martial arts training offed by the New Zealand Disability Karate Association.
- White Belt: White signifies a birth, or beginning, of a seed. A white belt student is a beginner searching for knowledge of the Art. The white belt is the beginning of life's cycle, and represents the seed as it lies beneath the snow in the winter.
- Yellow Belt: Yellow signifies the first beams of sunlight which shines upon the seed giving it new strength with the beginning of new life. A yellow belt student is given their first ray of knowledge by their instructors.
- Orange Belt: Orange represents the growing power of the sun as it warms the earth to prepare for new growth in the spring. The orange belt is starting to feel his body and mind open and develop.
- Green Belt: Green signifies the growth of the seed as it sprouts from the earth reaching toward the sun and begins to grow into a plant. A green belt student learns to strengthen and refine their techniques.
- Blue Belt: Blue signifies the blue sky as the plant continues to grow toward it. A blue belt student moves up higher in rank just as the plant grows taller. The light feeds the plant so it can continue to grow. The student is fed additional knowledge of the Art in order for the body and mind continue to grow and develop.
- Purple Belt: Purple represents the changing sky of dawn, as once again the student undergoes a new change and prepares for the transition to advanced student. A purple belt begins to understand the meaning of the black belt.
- Red Belt: Red signifies the sun in the late evening sky as the plant continues growing towards it. As the plant grows slowly toward the sun, it learns to be more cautious with its knowledge and abilities, because if it attempts to grow too fast, and exceeds heights that the roots cannot support, the whole structure will fall apart.
- Brown Belt: Brown represents the ripening of the seed, a maturing and harvesting process. A brown belt is an advanced student whose techniques are beginning to mature, and they are beginning to understand the fruits of their hard work as a beginner. The brown belt is worn for three grades as the student continues mature both physically and mentally.
- Black Belt: Black signifies the darkness beyond the Sun. A black belt seeks new, more profound knowledge of the Art. As they begins to teach others, they plant new seeds and help them grow and mature. Their students, many of whom will form roots deep into the Art, blossom and grow through the ranks in a never-ending process of self-growth, knowledge, and enlightenment.