About Us

Budo (translation – the Way)
Budo is a path in life that:
• some walk for a short time,
• others follow to see what is around the next bend, and
• a select few choose this path to be the guiding principle by which to forge a deep understanding of themselves and the world around them

Budo stresses the cultivation of oneself through the exploration of martial thought and wisdom to achieve an enlightened state


Dojang  (translation – the Training Hall)
Dojang literally means ‘way place’; a place to come and learn the Way (Budo). The Dojang is a place of special importance to the Budoka (Student of the Way); it is here where the individual learns the art in which he/she studies.

What Martial Arts do we offer our students

  • Taekwondo (Art of the foot and hand) – WT (Olympic) Style Teakwondo. The origins are South Korean, now with a huge international following
  • Hapkido (Self Defence) – A Korean self defence system
  • Haidong Gumdo (Korean Sword) – Korean Sword Art
  • Self Defence (Our own Style) – what works to counter what’s coming
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – with Roney Da Silva
  • Mixed Martial Arts – with Kate Da Silva

A Short History of Our Club

  • In 2019, Judo under the tutelage of Master Park Seong (Ben) Keun was introduced. Tysodo was phased out, and our In-house Self Defence system was phased back in but as a stand alone art.
  • In 2018, Hapkido was re-introduced, this time under the leadership of the New Zealand Hapkido Federation. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was established early in the year by Roney Da Silva, with Mixed Martial Arts following in October with Kate Da Silva.
  • In 2017, a fourth and fifth martial art were added – Kuk Kung and Tysodo. The in-house Self Defence system was phased out
  • In 2016, all the martial arts taught in our club were brought under one common banner – Budo South Martial Arts (translation of Budo South – The Way of the Southern Warrior). Also, Combat Hapkido ceased to be taught, being replaced with an in house Self Defence system
  • In 2015, Haidong Gumdo was added to the martial arts taught. The club is affiliated to Haidong Gumdo New Zealand of which the Chairman is Master Garry Carpenter
  • In April 2013, Welcome Bay Olympic Taekwondo became Western Bay Olympic Taekwondo, when it moved from Welcome Bay School Hall to a full time venue at 26 Alach Street, Greerton, Tauranga. The first training session at the Alach Street venue was the 6th of May, 2013. At this time, the Taekwondo club ceased being part of TUNZ (the UNION) and affiliated directly to Taekwondo New Zealand
  • In 2012, the club moved from the Selwyn Ridge Primary School Hall to Welcome Bay Primary School Hall.
  • In 2009, Master Garry Carpenter began teaching hapkido using the syllabus from  Combat Hapkido through ICHF (New Zealand)
  • In 2008, Welcome Bay Taekwondo Club moved to the Selwyn Ridge Primary School Hall, changing it’s name to Welcome Bay Olympic Taekwondo. At this time, Master Garry Carpenter moved into the club and took over as Lead Instructor
  • Established in 1988, Welcome Bay Taekwondo Club, under the leadership of Instructor Wendy O’Neill,  began delivering classes in the Korean martial art of Taekwondo from the Welcome Bay Community Hall

Current Instructors are:

  • Garry Carpenter – Lead Instructor (All martial arts)
  • Ben Haar – Haidong Gumdo Instructor
  • Sean Wells – Seniors Saprring Instructor
  • Corey O’Neill – Tigers Sparring Instructor
  • Rosemary Minto – Sports TKD Team Manager
  • Roney Da Silva – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Kate Da Silva – Mixed Martial Arts