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Okinawa Shorin Ryu New Zealand
Matsubayashi Ryu
Karate - Kobudo

Shihan Kevin Plaisted
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Shihan Kevin Plaisted
Kyoshi 7th dan
Shihan Plaisted
Kevin Sensei began karate training in 1975 under Sensei Bob Dalton in Whangarei, New Zealand. He was graded Shodan in 1978 in Australia by Sensei John Halpin (Seikukan) Shotokan style karate.

Sensei joined the NZ Police in 1979 and served as a frontline police officer until he went to Japan in 1987.

He enjoyed karate competition and competed at every opportunity, participating in the first UNZKO camps in Wellington in 1977.  He won his first open karate tournament in Kumite in 1981 and was selected to represent New Zealand at the Asian Pacific Championships in Japan in 1983 and the World Karate Federation world championships in Sydney Australia in 1986 .  He had a successful Tournament career winning many National titles in both Kata and Kumite. 

In 1987 Sensei Kevin, then a Sandan, went to the Seikukan headquarters in Toyama Japan, where he spent three months full time training under Sensei Tainen Takemori.  On his return to New Zealand he opened his first dojo in Whangaparaoa Rodney District.

Shihan Plaisted
Shihan Kevin Plaisted, Kyoshi, 7th dan .

He was appointed as NZ National Kumite coach from 1990 - 1992, coaching teams for the Asian Pacific Championships in Auckland NZ and the World Karate Federation  championships in Mexico. He then turned his attention to refereeing, qualifying as an Oceania A grade Kata and Kumite referee.


Nidan grading 1981 scoring with mawashi geri, Bob McMahon referee
APUKO championships Japan 1983
Nidan grading 1981. panel L to R Henry Heta, Bob McMahon, John Halpin, Bob Dalton.
Nidan grading 1981
Scoring with Mawashi geri
Bob McMahon referee

Nidan grading 1981. panel L to R Henry Heta, Bob McMahon, John Halpin, Bob Dalton.
APUKO championships Japan 1983
Nidan grading 1981
panel L to R
Henry Heta, Bob McMahon,
John Halpin, Bob Dalton.

Nidan grading 1981
At Seikukan Hombu dojo Japan
Practising for demonstration with Takemori sensei. 1987

Kevin Sensei began karate training in 1975 under Sensei Bob Dalton in Whangarei, New Zealand. He was graded Shodan in 1978 in Australia by Sensei John Halpin (Seikukan) Shotokan style karate.

Sensei joined the NZ Police in 1979 and served as a frontline police officer until he went to Japan in 1987.

He enjoyed karate competition and competed at every opportunity, participating in the first UNZKO camps in Wellington in 1977.  He won his first open karate tournament in Kumite in 1981 and was selected to represent New Zealand at the Asian Pacific Championships in Japan in 1983 and the World Karate Federation world championships in Sydney Australia in 1986 .  He had a successful Tournament career winning many National titles in both Kata and Kumite. 

In 1987, Kevin sensei, then a Sandan, went to the Seikukan headquarters in Toyama Japan, spending three months full time training under Sensei Tainen Takemori.  On his return to New Zealand he opened his first dojo in Whangaparaoa Rodney District.

In 1997, to further his study of karate and kobudo, he turned to Okinawa and was introduced to Sensei Yoshitaka Taira of Matsubayashi Ryu.  He has returned every year since and in 2005 was graded Sixth Dan, Renshi, Matsubayashi Ryu

Sensei also completed training in Acupuncture (Dip Ac - NDA) becoming a member of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists in 1992.  He served as president from 1997 - 2005.  Acupuncture has been approved for Governmental Statutory Regulation which come into force in the near future.

Now at 60 he is still very active in his own personal training and growth with an emphasis on preserving the essence of Okinawan Karate and Kobudo. From his karate experiences he has developed a broad range of karate concepts and training methods which he is always keen to share.
 
Compiled March 2008. updated July 2016


Yoshitaka Taira sensei and Kevin Plaisted sensei meet in 1997
Demonstration at the wedding of Yoshiaki Taira, the son of Yoshitaka Taira sensei. 1999
Yoshitaka Taira sensei and Kevin Plaisted sensei meet in 1997
Demonstration at the wedding of Yoshiaki Taira, the son of Yoshitaka Taira sensei. 1999
Sai training at Taira dojo, Okinawa. 2000
Kama training at Taira dojo, Okinawa. 2007
Kama training at Taira dojo, Okinawa. 2007
Sai training at Taira dojo, Okinawa. 2000
Profile summary

1975        Began training in Whangarei at age of 19 under John Erceg. The club was handed over to Bob Dalton in 1976.
1977        Competed in the first UNZKO Championships in Wellington NZ as a 1st kyu.
1978        Graded Shodan 1st dan in Australia by John Halpin (Seikukan).
1979        Joined New Zealand Police. Served 1979-87 stationed in Whangarei where he carried out General duties - Armed Offenders    
               Squad - Dog Handler.
1981        Won his first UNZKO National title in Kumite.
1981-91   Competed every year, winning numerous regional and national titles in Kumite.
1981        Graded Nidan 2nd dan by John Halpin (Seikukan).
1983        Represented New Zealand in Kumite at the Asian Pacific Championships in Japan.
               Placed 3rd in Kata at New Zealand National championships.
1986        Competed in World Karate Federation  championships in Sydney, Australia.
1987        Spent three months at Seikukan Headquarters, in Toyama Japan receiving instruction from Tainen Takemori sensei.
1987        Opened Dojo in Whangaparaoa NZ.
1991        Appointed UNZKO National Kumite coach
1991        Coached the New Zealand National team at the Asian Pacific championships in Auckland NZ.
1992        Coached the New Zealand National team at World Karate Federation championships in Mexico.
1997        Travelled to Okinawa where he was introduced to Yoshitaka Taira sensei, Matsubayashi Ryu,
               returning regularly ever since. see Past Events page.
2001        Graded Godan 5th dan Matsubayashi Ryu.
2005        Graded Rokudan 6th dan (Renshi) Matsubayashi Ryu.
2010        Graded Nana dan 7th dan (Kyoshi) Matsubayashi Ryu.

Nidan grading 1981 scoring with mawashi geri, Bob McMahon referee
APUKO championships Japan 1983
Nidan grading 1981
Scoring with Mawashi geri
Bob McMahon referee
APUKO championships Japan 1983
At Seikukan Hombu dojo Japan
Practising for demonstration with Takemori sensei. 1987

He was appointed as NZ National Kumite coach from 1990 - 1992, coaching teams for the Asian Pacific Championships in Auckland NZ and the World Karate Federation  championships in Mexico. He then turned his attention to refereeing, qualifying as an Oceania A grade Kata and Kumite referee.
In 1997, to further his study of karate and kobudo, he turned to Okinawa and was introduced to Sensei Yoshitaka Taira of Matsubayashi Ryu.  He has returned every year since and in 2005 was graded Sixth Dan, Renshi, Matsubayashi Ryu


Sensei also completed training in Acupuncture (Dip Ac - NDA) becoming a member of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists in 1992.  He served as president from 1997 - 2005.  Acupuncture has been approved for Governmental Statutory Regulation which come into force in the near future.

Now at 60 he is still very active in his own personal training and growth with an emphasis on preserving the essence of Okinawan Karate and Kobudo. From his karate experiences he has developed a broad range of karate concepts and training methods which he is always keen to share.
 
Compiled March 2008. updated July 2016


Demonstration at the wedding of Yoshiaki Taira, the son of Yoshitaka Taira sensei. 1999
Yoshitaka Taira sensei and Kevin Plaisted sensei meet in 1997
Kama training at Taira dojo, Okinawa. 2007
Yoshitaka Taira sensei and Kevin Plaisted sensei meet in 1997.
Demonstration at the wedding of Yoshiaki Taira, the son of Yoshitaka Taira sensei.1999
Sai training at Taira dojo, Okinawa. 2000
Sai training at Taira dojo, Okinawa. 2000
Kama training at Taira dojo, Okinawa. 2007