San Bu Kai Martial Arts


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Over 44 years of experience in the Martial Arts and has trained and competed successfully in many different Martial Arts and Fighting Sports. 

Chief Instructor Goju Ryu Karate Do New Zealand

President of NZMMAF

Executive Member of NZMAI and NZKFWSA

Head of Officials for IKBF

UFC Referee and Judge

WLF, K1, and WBA Judge

Certified International Sanda Judge


Global Fighting Networks (GFN) supplying independent officials (referees and judges) for combat sports events under Terry Hill

Rowan, Terry, Raymond, Mark, Ritchie, Kooms

Terry P Hill Martial Arts Association was formed in 1981 by Terry Hill at the Hamilton Teachers College Gymnasium on the University of Waikato Campus. Starting out as a Karate Dojo teaching the Okinawa Goju Ryu form of Karate, it expanded in 1982 to include Kickboxing classes.

In 1991 the Association moved to the University of Waikato's Sport and Recreation centre and included Self Defence classes in its curriculum. This formed a three-tiered training program. It then expanded yet again to include Wu Shu (Chinese Martial Arts) - Sanda (Free Fight) training for the members in 1998.

In 1993 the Association moved to Body FX Gym in Te Rapa and in 2001 to the Waikato Polytech Centre. The Martial Arts Association has since relocated to the  Hamilton Chinese Community Centre, 47 Lewis Street, Glenview, Hamilton.

Terry Hill has over 44 years of experience in the Martial Arts and has trained and competed successfully in many different Martial Arts and Fighting Sports. His training commenced in the Kyokushinkai style of Karate back in the early seventies and moved into Goju Ryu Karate in 1977.

In 1978 Terry took up Boxing, then in 1979 he started to train in Kickboxing, moving into Olympic free style wrestling in 1988, while also training in Traditional Karate-Do. During his many years of training Terry has competed successfully in various Fighting Sports. In 1989 Terry placed 2nd in the National Amateur Wrestling Championships (under 90 kg division). He also held the New Zealand Provincial (Taranaki) Light Middle Weight Amateur Boxing title (which he won in 1979).

Terry has held a variety of Amateur and Professional national Kickboxing titles, and won International Muay Thai honours against the Thais (in 1989-1990). At this same time Terry won three consecutive National Goju Ryu Karate Kumite titles and the First National Goju Ryu Full Contact title in 1991. Terry also won the first N.K.F. (National Karate Federation) Championships in both Kata and Kumite in 1988. One of the highlights of Terry's Combative career was winning the last NZ Open Full Contact Martial Arts Championship Tournament ( the forerunner to MMA/NHB Competition) in 1985 and then going on to capture the 1st World Full Contact Goju Ryu Karate title (Heavyweight division) in Okinawa, Japan in 1991.

Along with Terry's tournament success he has established himself as a leading coach and trainer in Karate, Kickboxing Sanda and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Terry has produced numerous Champion fighters in all these disciplines over the years. Most notably in Karate, Terry has produced a number of Iri Kumi (full contact fighting) Champions. There have also been other numerous champion competitors in Shiai Shobu (Point Fighting) and Kata. The emphasis on a strong traditional Okinawan Karate base has been the main stay of the Martial Arts Association.

With over more than 100 students obtaining the rank of Black Belt over the past 30+ years, the association has also had a number of students promoted to Dan ranks from Ni-dan to Hachi-dan (2nd degree to 8th degree blackbelt level). Within the Traditional Karate structure sport Karate has developed in parallel. Over 50 former and current National Champions have been produced in Kata (Forms), Shiai Shobu (Point Fighting) and Iri Kumi (Full Contact Fighting).

The Hamilton Dojo known as San Bu Kai, is regarded as one of the foremost Karate schools in the country. The continued growth and knowledge of the Hamilton Dojo is assured with various members continually travelling to Okinawa in Japan, along with other countries around the world, to expand on their Martial Arts knowledge. 

KickBoxing has played a large part in the development of the Martial Arts Association over the years. Fighters from the gym have won numerous bouts in practically every weight division over 30+ years. There have been a number of outstanding Fighters who have made an impact on the National and International 'Fight Scene'. Between them they acquired numerous Regional, National & International titles, and have currently one World I.S.K.A. KickBoxing title (Ethan Shepp, 1999). The San Bu Kai gym is now one of the biggest and most successful KickBoxing Gyms in the Waikato and is regarded as one of the strongest fight centres in the country. Wu Shu / Sanda (Free Fight) classes were introduced in 1998 and are now run as part of the KickBoxing (Full Contact Fighting) curriculum. In 1998 Terry Hill's fighters competed in the inaugural Wu Shu National Sanda Championships, winning ALL divisions, with ALL the fighters going on to repeat their performances in 1999 and ALL again went on to represent New Zealand at the 5th World Wu Shu Championship tournament, held in Hong Kong - China that same year.

Terry Hill is also one of a number of certified International Sanda Judges in Australasia. This honour was bestowed on him by the International Wu Shu Federation (I.W.U.F.) based in Beijing China in 1999. The Chinese Martial Arts has become a major factor in the growth and development of the Terry P. Hill Martial Arts Association.

Self Defence classes were established in 1991, and with the social climate the way it is today Self Defence is becoming an increasing necessity. The Martial Arts Association has established itself as a leading authority in the development of Personal Defence tactics and for over ten years has been offering courses for children, adults (male and female), and senior citizens. Based on the Los Angeles Police Department's Non Lethal Force Training Requirement Program, the courses run over five weeks incorporating all the various ranges of combat. A hands on practical involvement is a must in this course, with all participants training and developing reflex responses to verbal, physical and psychological adversities. Trainees are encouraged to question the training format and bring feedback to each class. The class is run in a practical and confidence building manner with a large degree of psychological conditioning implemented into the programme. Although the situation is nothing to adversely cheer about, a number of Self Defence instructors and students have first hand experience in successfully repelling attacks made against their person. The nature of training is geared towards the age groups in attendance, and there is no rigidly adhered to system that you must learn, memorise or regurgitate. It is a free flowing self-development type of training/learning structure, geared towards the individual's own personal requirements.