Doug Holloway

8th Dan

Dough Holloway
  • 1961

    Began learning Judo at YMCA Invercargill - attained rank of 3rd Kyu green belt

  • 1963

    Self learning Karate from books, founded karate dojo Invercargill. Corresponded with the late Masutatsu Oyama Sosai, founder of Kyokushin Karate.

  • 1964

    Studied Kyokushin karate at Honbu Dojo, Ikebukuo, Tokyo, personally taught by the Oyama Sosai.
    Trained 6 hours per day, 7 days a week. Trained with and also received instruction from: Sensei Kenji Kurosaki (co-founder of Kyokushin Karate);
    Sempai Tadashi Nakamura (now Kaicho Nakamura, creator & founder of Seido Karate);
    The late Sempai Hideyuki Ashihara (later creator & founder of Ashihara Karate);
    Sempai Steve Arniel (now Hanshi Steve Arneil, 9th Dan, International Federation of Karate Do Kyokushin kai, London);

  • 1965

    Returned to NZ and founded Kyokushin Karate dojo at London Street, Christchurch, first student Renzie Hanham (now Hanshi Hanham, 8th Dan Seido Karate).
    Awarded Shodan by Sosai Oyama.

  • 1965

    Spread Kyokushin Karate through South and North Islands and founded national Kyokushin Association. Taught and graded students throughout New Zealand. Awarded Nidan and appointed NZ Kyokushin Branch Chief by Sosai Oyama.

  • 1967

    Organised First Kyokushin Karate NZ National Tournament, Coulls Stadium, Christchurch.
    Awarded Sandan by Sosai Oyama.

  • 1968

    Accompanied Renzie Hanham, Wayne Wendelken, Jamie Tullock, Trevor Trainor, and Hilton Libeau from Christchuch Dojo to train at Honbu Dojo, Tokyo. Instructed sessions at Honbu, Tokyo.
    Attempted 100 man kumite at Honbu, Tokyo fighting Japanese opponents. Completed 60 fights.

  • 1969

    Administered Kyokushin Karate in New Zealand instructed & graded in dojo throughout NZ.
    Due to injuries in a motor accident in December 1973 ceased training.

  • 1995

    Recommenced training and involvement with Kyokushin Karate New Zealand.

  • 1996

    Awarded Yondan by International Karate Organisation (IKO) Kyokushinkaikan.

  • 1999

    Accompanied New Zealand team to 7th World Kyokushin Tournament in Tokyo.

  • 2002

    Recipient of First Century of New Zealand Martial Arts Award
    Inducted into New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of fame

  • 2001

    Awarded Godan confirmed by Kyokushin Union.
    Appointed Director Mas Oyama Karate New Zealand Kyokushinkaikan Ltd

  • 2002

    Inducted into Australasian Martial Arts Hall of fame.
    Inducted into World Karate Union Hall of Fame USA as Karate Pioneer of the Year

  • 2004

    Accompanied New Zealand team to Kyokushin Union World Tournament in Japan.

  • 2010

    Awarded 7th Dan by panel of peers, including Shihan Kevin Pepperell, Shihan Mike Kenworthy and Shihan Graeme Gavegan.

  • 2018

    Awarded 8th Dan by panel of peers, including Shihan Mike Kenworthy, Shihan Graeme Gavegan and Shihan James Phillips.


Mike Kenworthy, 7th Dan

North Island Branch Chief

Mike Kenworthy
  • 1978

    Began informal martial arts training, Wanganui, New Zealand

  • 1980

    Training in Sydney, Australia with Shihan Howard Lipman, Willoughby Dojo

  • 1982

    Began intense one on one fight training with Shihan Mamoru Kaneko; competed in various Australian regional, national, inter-state tournaments

  • 1986

    NSW Team representative at Australian Inter-state Tournament; 3rd Place Middleweight Division, Australian Full Contact Knockdown Tournament

  • 1987

    Awarded Shodan, Bondi Dojo, Australia; 1st Place Middleweight Division, Australian Full Contact Knockdown Tournament; Australian representative 4th World Tournament, Tokyo, Japan; Uchi deshi training with Keiji Sempei, All Japan Champion, Japan

  • 1988

    Returned to NZ opened Wanganui Dojo; achieved 21 Australasian Titles from Wanganui fighters. 28 students achieved Shodan and above

  • 1989

    NZ National Full Contact Fight Coach at following tournaments: 5th World Tournaments, Japan; 6th
    World Tournament – 2 fighters reaching final 32; Oyama Cup, Singapore; International Tournament, Papua New Guinea; World Kyokushin Team Tournament, Paris, France

  • 1990

    Awarded Nidan, Wanganui Dojo, NZ

  • 1994

    Awarded Sandan, Wellington, NZ

  • 1994

    2nd Place Australian Past Champions Tournament, Melbourne, Australia.

  • 1997

    Awarded 4th Dan, Dunedin, NZ

  • 2001

    50 Man Kumite Challenge achieved; 5th Dan awarded, Wanganui, NZ

  • 2002

    Inducted into NZ Martial Arts Hall of Fame

  • 2004

    Attended All Japan Union World Tournament, Japan; trained with Oishi and Hasegawa Shihans, Japan

  • 2010

    Opened 2nd Dojo, Newtown, Wellington

  • 2010

    Awarded 6th Dan Wanganui NZ.

  • 2015

    Awarded Awarded 7th Dan Dunedin NZ.


Graeme Gavegan, 7th Dan

South Island Branch Chief

Graeme Gavegan
  • 1973

    Began training in Kyokushin Karate Dunedin NZ

  • 1980

    Gained Shodan Hamilton NZ (Sensei Robin Begbie)
    1st place kyu grade Kata Hastings Highland Games
    Took over the running of the Dunedin Dojo.
    Most Spirited Fighter Award South Island Championships

  • 1981

    Placed 2nd Lightweight division South Island Championships.

  • 1983

    Placed 2nd Lightweight division South Island Championships.

  • 1984

    Placed 1st Lightweight division South Island Championships.

  • 1986

    Trained and competed in London England (Kyokushin & Kickboxing).

  • 1987

    Gained 2nd Dan Leicester England (Shihan Steve Arniel).

  • 1989

    Returned to Christchurch NZ and took over running of Canterbury Dojo

  • 1990

    1st place Lightweight division North Island Championships (Hamilton). Organised 1st annual South Island Gashuku

  • 1993

    Completed 50 man kumite awarded 3rd Dan Christchurch NZ (Shihan’s Pepperell / Begbie)

  • 1998

    Returned to Dunedin opened Centre City Martial Arts Dojo

  • 1999

    Awarded Yondan Dunedin (Shihan Kevin Pepperell)

  • 2001

    Completed second 50 man kumite gained 5th Dan Dunedin (Shihan Pepperell)

  • 2004

    Attended the Kyokushin Union 1st world tournament in Japan, trained with Oishi and Hasegawa shihans.

  • 2010

    Awarded 6th Dan Dunedin NZ.

  • 2015

    Awarded Awarded 7th Dan Dunedin NZ.

  • Shihan G has organised and hosted 6 national tournaments has coached 5 national champions and trained over 20 students to black belt level (and above).

    In addition to his duties as South Island branch chief he continues to operate his dojo and host the South Island Gashuku an annual event which he started in 1990.

    Centre City Martial Arts, Dunedin