Senpai Gary Ballantyne (2nd Dan)

Senpai Gary Ballantyne started training at the Kingsland dojo in Auckland 1994 then moved to Christchurch in 1995.


He developed an increasing interest grappling and ground work after he gained his Shodan and has pursued this ever since.

Senpai Gary then achieved his Nidan in 2009.


Senpai Gary, along with Senpai Paul Hopkinson, runs both Ground Work classes as well as early morning Conditioning classes.


Tuesday ground work class 5pm – 6pm  (back dojo): This is class is designed to develop some basic ground work skills, conditioning and fitness.


Thursday 6:15am – 7:15am morning class: Conditioning class containing focus mitt and pad training and some grappling and transition to the ground and ground work techniques with stretching and partner stretching at the end.