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Bob Davies
Bob Davies
Founder & Director
Christchurch, New Zealand
Mobile: 021 175 1282
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Shaz Davis
Shaz Davis
T'ai Chi Teacher & Webmaster
Christchurch, New Zealand
Mobile: 021 077 6553
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Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development

When the quality of instruction and authenticity of content matters


Short courses and on-going classes for men and women. Practical and effective training designed for adults. Contact us for more information.

Take Control

Interested in a four-week Community Self-Defence Course? Sign up if you would like information about our next course.

Corporate Classes

Improve your business performace with our range of corporate instruction options - at your premises, or ours. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

T'ai Chi and Qigong

We also offer Corporate Classes focusing on Wellness and Stress Management. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Learn a Classical Sword Art

Sharpen your mind and reflexes; Improve your ability to strategise and plan. Put the validated MBA principles of the Art of War and Book of Five Rings into practice with Tenshindo.

Tai Chi

On-going classes are held in Christchurch and Oxford. Join us for a free trail class.

Manage escalating levels of Conflict

Wu-Shin Todejutsu is an effective all-round, integrated system of Civilian Self-Defence that teaches you to manage escalating levels of conflict (armed and unarmed) with minimum force.

Stretch yourself - and grow

Our training is Practical and Effective... and it's geared towards Self-Development. Join us to stretch your body and your mind, and achieve more in life.

Improve your flexibility, strength, and balance

Our training will improve your flexibility, strength, and balance - both physically and mentally - making you more capable, confident, and adept.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How old do I need to be to join the Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development?

A: The majority (92%) of our members are adults; women make up about one-third of the total. The minimum age applicable varies from discipline to discipline. However, as in the long history of the Martial and Civilian Defence arts, we do not teach young children (a modern, commercially-driven trend). Our youngest qualifying age is 13 years: Once a person's body has bio-mechanically and neurologically matured to a reasonable and safe degree.


Q: How do I join one of the programmes or courses offered by the Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development?

A: You will need to make an appointment to meet with us. You can make initial contact via our contact us page. We are generally available seven-days-a-week... outside of teaching times.


Q: I like the sound of a number of the disciplines and courses you offer - what should I do; how do I know which will suit me best?

A: In this instance contact Bob Davies, our Director, for an interview. With 45 years experience in a wide range of arts (modern as well as traditional and classical) he is best qualified to help you make the right training decision for you - based on your needs, your personal likes and dislikes, and what you hope to get out of your training... your goals. You can make initial contact via our contact us page.


Q: What else do I need to know about joining?

A: All the relevant information pertinent to joining the Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development will be given to you at the time of your interview or at the recommended subsequent trial session/s; according to the joining procedures of the relevant discipline in which you are interested.


Q: I don't have time to come in for an interview, I just want to 'try out' - what should I do?

A: Find another school - or one of the multitudes of commercial clubs. No personal interview = no information = no discernment = no possibility of joining... it's that simple.


Q: What about costs, or a near-by branch in my suburb?

A: Costs are not discussed over the internet, via e-mail, over the telephone - or even at your initial interview. Simply put: We are best suited to discerning students who are more concerned about the quality and authenticity of the instruction they are going to receive. We hope that you would apply the same discernment in choosing a professional organisation for your instruction in martial, civilian defence, or healing arts as you would use when identifying the best University or College for your education.

We are not suited to students who are primarily motivated either by the convenience of location (looking for the nearest club), or by the price factor (looking for the cheapest club), or by the entertainment factor (looking for the club offering the most 'fun'). Staying alive and uninjured while being confronted by one or more assailants is a serious situation to be in, with potentially life-long repercussions. What largely determines the outcome is the quality, authenticity, and relevancy of the instruction you have received. Our costs are reasonable (or we would not still be operation), in the upper quartile, and reflective of the integrity of the services we provide.

We have recently relocated our hombu (headquarters) to Oxford, New Zealand, and are in the process of finalising the siting of our various traditional dojo (training centres) in the Canterbury region. The NZ venues, training days, and times will be listed on this website as finalised. (Add. currently our NZ dojo are located in Christchurch--in Fendalton, Merivale, and at the University of Canterbury--and in Oxford. At present, instruction is offered in Tenshindo [Katori Shinto Ryu], Wu-Shin T'ai Chi Ch'uan [original long form], Arnis de Mano, and our unique TeenRangers Leadership Programme). Our long-established South African branch is located in Durban North, teaching the traditional civilian defensive system of Wu-Shin Todejutsu.


Q: What do we wear for training?

A: For your initial trial lessons any appropriate loose-fitting clothing is acceptable; training is done both barefoot and in suitable footwear. We will provide you with any training equipment you might require during this period.

You are expected to purchase the Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development's gi (uniform) on being accepted as a member of the Foundation. Our gi comprises blue, embroidered 'Kung-Fu'-style pants, a Foundation T-shirt, and the appropriate belt or sash for your discipline and grade within that discipline.


Q: What does Lao Tze mean?

A: Lao Tze is the Chinese word for a teacher and is pronounced as follows: Lou as in the 'lou' of 'loud' and Tze as in 'shir' in 'shirt'. It is the title of the head of the Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development and is used as a formal address within the organisation.


Q: What other titles are used at the Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development?

A: Students more senior to yourself are addressed as Sempai. If you know the name of the senior you would then address them as xxxxx Sempai. Sensei is also used but restricted to certain licensed instructors holding the rank of 4th Dan and above. Visiting overseas instructors brought over by the Foundation should be addressed as xxxxx Sensei. Students who are junior to you fall into the kohai category.


Q: Who is my senior in terms of training at the Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development?

A: Anyone, across any of the disciplines, who started training before you is your senior... your Sempai.


Q: I have heard the term Yudansha used. What does it mean?

A: Yudansha is the term used for those students who hold an 'officer rank' in the organisation, for example, black belt and above; those who do not yet hold a 'rank' are referred to as Mudansha. Our organisation also uses the term 'Kodansha' for those students holding 'ranks' of godan (5th Dan) or higher.


Q: Are there any special rules or etiquette that we should follow at the Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development?

A: Oh Yes, plenty! All our dojo are smoke-, alcohol-, and liquid-free zones. We have an abbreviated Code of Conduct called 'The Top 40' that lists the major guidelines. You will be given one of these lists once you are accepted as a member of the Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development.


Q: Do you do realistic full-contact training?

A: The dichotomy expressed within your question warrants some comment. In our opinion the so-called full-contact training practised in many clubs is not realistic for civilian defence. If it were, then the recipients of realistic full contact techniques should be filling hospital wards, or the morgue. If the full-contact techniques applied do not result in serious damage then one must question their effectiveness and validity - their realism. So to answer your question: Yes, all the techniques we teach and use are realistic, effective, and practical; No, we do not practise full-contact... for obvious reasons. However, through intelligent training methodologies and a carefully structured pedagogy (sorry, no machismo here in our organisation), all our students learn to apply their techniques realistically in order to gauge their effectiveness - without using the faces and bodies of fellow students as assault-targets. To return to the opening dichotomy: Students of the Foundation are learning 'how to overcome aggression', without becoming 'aggessive'. We train to be healthy, safe, fit, supple, compassionate, and courageous - namely, whole-hearted (and effective managers of conflict, and bullies).


Q: What about the effectiveness of these new arts we keep hearing about?

A: The human race is driven by the need to be the first, the most important, to be recognised, lay claim to fame, to be 'noticed'... Every generation re-invents the wheel, and calls it by a new name.

The only problem with these so-called 'new' eclectic systems is that they are patently not tried and tested in the context of either martial or civilian defence functionality, if either of those are your areas of interest; they focus mainly on 'combative sports'. Most of their founders or developers are young, modern-day, highly motivated enthusiasts with limited experience - searching for 'the truth'. Like teenagers, who have little interest in following their parents' advice and are always astounded at how little their parents know about life, these 'searchers' reject the time- and trial-tested experience passed down through the generations by the genuine traditional systems, as being inappropriate and 'boring'... and not embodying enough aggression.

Within this context of 'traditional' we do not include the modern arts of Karate, Judo, Kung-fu, Aikido, Taekwondo, Kendo, etc. - they are all far too young and their training methods are, of course, only suited for the purposes for which they evolved, namely sport and competitions. So yes, for practical self-defence and self-healing purposes, many of the newer 'styles' are inappropriate. However, the truly traditional and classical systems were born and bred during times of extreme strife, and over centuries of extreme violence. For those reasons, we teach only time-validated 'traditional' and 'classical' systems; we do not experiment with the lives of our students while 'searching' for the light that is right in front of our eyes.

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