Our Instructors

Our qualified, experienced and friendly instructors are all volunteers. We do this because we are passionate about Martial Arts and we enjoy helping people of all ages, shapes and sizes to develop themselves in the physical, mental and spiritual ways of Kobudo weapons.

Pictured; Sensei Thanasi, Sensei Chris (back row) Sensei Raymond, Sensei Barry (back row) and Head Sensei Allan

Sensei Allan Youl

Head instructor and KKA Karate Founder.

3rd Degree Black belt in Shotokan Karate (S.I.A.)

1st Degree Black belt in Zendo kai Karate.

1st Degree Black belt in Gokanryu karate.

1st Kyu in Kobudo (RKKNZ)

Allan began his Karate training at the age of 8 and has studied many different martial arts over the years including Kempo, Kobudo and Ninjitsu.

Sensei Barry Foster

Applied Karate and Weapons instructor.

2nd Degree Black belt in Shotokan Karate (S.I.A.)

1st Degree Black belt in Shotokan Karate (Shindo, Aus.)

1st Kyu in Kobudo (RKKNZ)

Barry’s vast Martial Arts training began over 30 years ago and also includes Judo, Aikido, Aki ju-jitsu and Kobudo. Serving years in the Military, Police and Security forces, Barry has extensive experience in Unarmed Combat, Restraint and Control and Self Defense techniques.

Sensei Chris van Reenen


1st Degree Black belt in Shotokan Karate (SIA)

2nd Kyu in Kobudo (RKKNZ)


Ryukyu Kobudo Kyokai (RKKNZ)

Sensei Thanasi Balophas

KKA Karate Academy is affiliated with Ryukyu Kobudo Kyokai New Zealand (RKKNZ) which is part of the Ryukyu Dento Kobujutsu Hozon Budo Kyokai in Okinawa.

Our Senior grades train under Sensei Thanasi Balophas (6th Dan).

Dan gradings are conducted by Peter Turner Kyoshi (8th Dan)