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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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What We Offer

We offer training in a wide range of self development and personal transformation programmes - from regular, on-going, group training classes, to private tuition, corporate workshops, short specialised courses, once-off events, retreats, or intensive training camps of extended duruation.

On this page:

Tier 1 - Elite Disciplines

Tier 2 - Semester Programmes

Tier 3 - Specialist Courses

Tier 4 - Ad hoc Activities and Events

Tier 5 - Private Personalised Instruction

Tier 6 - Deshi Programme

Corporate Training


However, ultimately, it is not what is being offered that is meaningful, it ishow it is taught and bywhom that is more likely to produce the desired outcomes.

Tier 1 - Elite Disciplines

(Ongoing; Progressive; Multi-levelled entries and exits)

Our main service areas in those disciplines that we are best at - and that receiving most of our attention.

Arnis de Mano (Traditional combative art)

Wu-Shin Todejutsu (Traditional civilian defence art)

Tenshindó (Classical martial art - based on Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu)

T'ai Chi Ch'uan or Taiji (Tradtional self-healing or internal art)

Chi Kung or Qi Gong (Traditional self-healing or internal art)

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 Tier 2 - Semester Programmes

(Twice-yearly semesters of four to five months duration; Stand alone; Progressive; Single-level entry)

2.1 Bugeisha (Hsing I and Linking Forms) - Speciality curriculum for the 35s and over

2.2 Executive Blades (Safe and Deadly) - For the non-conformist, non-victim minded

2.3 Grappling (Hands off) - Fundamentals of Standing and Groundwork

2.4 Iai/Battojutsu (Cutting Edge Technology) - Mental training at its best

2.5 Meditation (Freed mind/freed spirit) - Basic Principles and Applications

2.6 Jodo Ryu - Fundamentals of the three-quarter staff for mental adroitness

2.7 Okinawan Kobudo - Arts of the Nunchaku, Bo, Sai, and Tonfa

2.8 Qi Gong - Energy stimulation and circulation - Strengthening the bones and joints

2.9 T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Core Principles

2.10 T'ai Chi Fan - Dragon Fan Form

2.11 T'ai Chi Short Form - Easy to learn 24 movements - Simplified

2.12 Women's Own - Integrated programme for Fitness, Health, Self-defence, Flexibility

2.13 Mature Adults' Fitness Force - Reawakening the body's intrinsic energy and healing source

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Tier 3 - Specialist Courses

(Two months duration; Speciality content; Stand alone; Progressive; Single-level entry; Multiple-levels)

3.1 Aiki-jo - Art of harmony and compliance

3.2 Arnis de Mano - The ultimate self-defence against multiple armed aggressors 

3.3 Breathing (Science of Breath) - Core Principles and Applications

3.4 Executive Self-defence - Introduction

3.5 Grappling - Introduction

3.6 Hi-jack Survival - Practical response to this threat

3.7 Japanese sword (Art of the Samurai) - Introduction

3.8 NO! means NO! - Specialised self-defence/anti-rape for women

3.9 Nunchaku (Ultimate deterrent) - Introduction

3.10 Qi Gong - Introduction

3.11 Self-Defence for Business - Introduction

3.12 Seniors' Own - Return to Health, Fitness, Flexibility, and Safety

3.13 T'ai Chi Chuan - Introduction

3.14 Tonfa / PR24 - Standard issue police and security personnel side-handle baton

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Tier 4 - Ad hoc Activities and Events

(Varying duration: Half/full-day; week-end specials; Extended training camps; Presentations; Seminars; Workshops - local, national, international. Designed to suit your specific needs)

4.1 Management Confidential Training Programmes

4.2 Executive Stress Relief

4.3 Community OutReach Programmes

4.4 School-aid

4.5; Dedicated Demonstration Teams available for suitable events

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Tier 5 - Private Personalised Instruction

(Variable time periods; One-to-one; One-to-small exclusive groups)

To achieve your best you must be comfortable in your training environment. You might prefer to train in your own residence, or at a venue of your choice. Choose the perfect place for you to be attended to in private, and be guided by your own personal, licensed instructor in any of a number of martial or civilian defensive disciplines offered by the Foundation. Learn the skills of self-defence; conflict management; concentrate on improving your physical and mental fitness and health; or possibly just brush up on specific aspects of training of particular interest to you.

Personal training on a 'one to one' basis will certainly realise immediate results, and help you to embrace a lifestyle of health, fitness and growing self confidence while acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to protect yourself and others. However, if you will feel more at ease training with a specific partner or in a small select group this can also be arranged.

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Tier 6 - Deshi Programme

(For those rare individuals seeking to devote a portion of their lives to deep introspection and self-development through a total immersion in classical and traditional oriental martial, civilian defensive, and self-healing arts, as a personal apprentice to Bob Davies).

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Corporate Training

The Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development offers a number of designer courses for the corporate market from security guard training to specialised self-defence training for women, group sessions for health, wellness, and de-stressing of staff and management, as well as executive mind-power training, and courses in conflict management - all covering progressive skill levels.

These courses can be short and intensive, or on-going, and are tailored to suit a company's unique profile and ethos.

For example:

  • We taught T'ai Chi Ch'uan classes at Celtico CC, twice a week, in the early mornings on an on-going basis from November 2004 to December 2008 when the company relocated.

  • In 2007 we ran a series of 8-session self-defence courses for female staff, held once-a-week at lunch times at the Head Office of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (Pty) Ltd (South Africa); and in 2008 we were asked to repeat the course for additional staff as well as conducted more advanced Level 2 and Level 3 training over 10-session programmes.

  • In 2008, 2009, and 2010 we conducted numerous intensive two-week courses to provide progressive security guard training for the Amadoda Security Division of Hollywood Sportsbook Holdings. Senior management were highly impressed by the manner in which they successfully negotiated the critically challenging situations that occurred during and following that period. Separate, specialised self-defence courses were also conducted for senior Management, and for female staff members of all ages.

  • In 2009 and 2010 we conducted year-long T'ai Chi Ch'uan classes for the Centre for Fine Art Animation and Design (Pty) Ltd, to assist their students in the development of their artistic talents.

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Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development

When the quality of instruction and authenticity of content matters

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.


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? Take control and sign up if you'd like to be advised when the next course will be held.

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.

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.

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.

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

Join us for a free trail class on Saturdays at 4pm at Salsa Latina Dance Studio, 12 Bath St, Christchurch.