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Welcome to Zennin Lower Hutt

We are a long established martial arts club in Lower Hutt providing the following benefits!

Practical self-defence skills, physical fitness and self-confidence.
A safe, fun and friendly environment to learn martial arts.
Classes cater for all skill and fitness levels.
Qualified instructors ready to help you become the best martial artist you can be.
Tailored programs affiliated with Duke of Edinburgh award requirements.
We invite you to come along and learn more about us.
We offer two free, no obligation sessions, so send us an enquiry or drop in to talk to our instructors.

Class Schedule

Mondays and Thursdays

Juniors (6 – 12 years)                     6:00pm - 7:00pm
Intermediates (13 – 17)                  6:00pm - 7:30pm
Seniors (18 and over)                     6:00pm - 8:30pm 
We offer flexible finishing times, if required.


Gracefield Primary School Hall
20A Bell Road, Lower Hutt

What is Zennin Martial Arts?

Zennin Martial Arts is a freestyle martial art system with its basis in Okinawan Goju Karate.  Zennin Martial Arts is committed to promoting the value and learning of martial arts to improve the health and wellbeing of its members to benefit broad communities throughout New Zealand.  Zennin translates as ‘good people’, relating to the fraternity of positive martial arts instructors and students.  Zennin Martial Arts is actively supported by internationally and nationally renowned martial artists who are committed to the ongoing development of the organisation and its members.
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About Zennin Martial Arts Lower Hutt

The Zennin Lower Hutt club started over 20 years ago under another Martial Arts style and changed to Zennin Martial Arts in December 2017.
Our philosophy is that to best contribute to the health and wellbeing of New Zealand and to our communities overall, first we must become the best versions of ourselves.
We do this through exercising our minds, exercising our bodies, and through fun, friendship and commitment.
Our Badge
The Zennin Lower Hutt badge consists of four main parts.  The Enso (circle), the Torii gate, the Warrior and the Southern Cross stars.
The Enso is the centre of Japanese calligraphy, the symbol for Zen.  It symbolizes power, enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe and the void.  The Enso may be open or closed. When the circle is closed, it represents perfection.  An open circle as we have chosen is incomplete, allowing for movement and development as well as the perfection of all things.  Zen practitioners relate the idea of the beauty of imperfection.
For us, the Torii gate represents the transition from the mundane to the sacred.  In our case, each person has an individual journey of their own… to make of it what they wish.  In front of this kneels a warrior.  The warrior is relaxed, still and centred, yet aware, ready and perceptive at the same time.  Finally, the Southern Cross represents New Zealand and the society in which we all live.  It is to this community that we contribute by being good people and having a positive impact on those around us.
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Our Instructors
Our experienced instructors and assistants have been police checked to ensure the protection of young and vulnerable students.
All instructors and assistants are first aid trained to provide a safe training environment.
We welcome visitors to our training sessions to meet our instructors who can answer your questions and get you started on your martial arts journey.

How to contact us

You can contact us the following ways.

We'd love to hear from you!
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