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Threshold Taekwon-Do

In 2004 Hayden Breese started Threshold Taekwon-Do. Threshold Taekwon-Do School has grown quickly to one of the South Island’s largest Taekwon-Do organisations.


Threshold Taekwon-Do practices the original ITF style of Taekwon-Do and is affiliated to the International Taekwon-Do Foundation of New Zealand (ITFNZ) now rebranded as International Taekwon-Do.

Any ITKD member can train at any other ITFNZ club free of charge and attend any of the many camps, seminars and tournaments held throughout the year.


Threshold started initially with adults classes. The idea of sperate kids classes was trialled on 25th August 2005. Now the School is home to over 50 students in active adults and kids classes.

The School trains at a fully equipped full time facility in the city, one of the only few facilities of its kind in the country.


Taekwon-Do originated in Korea and has grown to be one of the most popular martial arts in the world. As a martial art scientifically designed for self defense, it empowers the individual, accelerating confidence through physical and mental development. Learn more about the history of Taekwon-Do.

The Instructors

Threshold is instructed by Hayden Breese, V Degree Black Belt. Hayden has a charismatic approach to training which ensures no two classes are ever the same.

International Taekwon-Do

ITKD is the National Governing Body for ITF Taekwon-Do in New Zealand, recognised by the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), and all ITKD members' rank is recognised throughout the world. This means if you are a green belt or a 3rd Dan black belt, you can train in any ITF member club throughout the world and your rank will be recognised. You can also be confident that your standard is on a par with an international level. All instructors attend an ITKD instructors' course and have a First Aid Certificate.



Threshold Taekwon-Do members have the opportunity to compete in ITFNZ regional and national competitions. ITFNZ also competes at the ITF World Champs every two years and have done since 1994.

We create an annual Threshold movie which every student has an opportunity to be part of.


Gradings are held three times a year, roughly every three months and are a chance for Threshold students to progress in rank. The gradings are conducted by a qualified examiner commissioned by ITKD.

Equipment & facilities

Our facility consists of both matted and wooden training areas. In 2006 we invested in full height training mirrors. Members have access to four permantly hanging kick bags, leather hand pads, specialty breaking maching, power breaking machine, kick pads and sparring equipment.

The training facility includes seperate male and female changing areas and bathrooms.