UPDATED ON 08/05/2024

Your Sensei

HAITO Karate

Since September 2022, HAITO Karate in Peterborough has demonstrated the resilience of Kyokushin karate, expanding from 2 locations (Bretton and Hampton) to a full-time Dojo in Woodston. Originally a mixed martial arts club, we now exclusively focus on the Kyokushin Karate style, hence some students may still wear old color belts which will be updated by April 2024.

Here, belts signify personal journeys, with each stripe and color representing chapters of perseverance and skill development. At HAITO, we don’t just attend sessions; we embrace challenges day by day, strike by strike.

Our training blends combat practicality with Kyokushin philosophy, offering a tough yet rewarding experience. Karate here transcends sport; it’s a journey towards discovering inner strength and surpassing perceived limits.

HAITO Karate isn’t solely about kicks and punches; it’s about the individuals who wield them with purpose and the community that flourishes with each class. It’s a tale of resilience, community, and the unwavering pursuit of excellence.

Core Beliefs

Your Sensei Gabi

Sensei Gabi, the founder and lead instructor at HAITO Karate, brings the discipline and spirit of Kyokushin Karate to her students. Gabija Kalinauskaite, embracing her Lithuanian heritage, has been imparting her martial arts wisdom in the UK since 2014.

Teaching in English while incorporating Japanese terminology, Sensei Gabi makes Kyokushin Karate accessible to all. Her martial arts journey, which began just before her 12th birthday, led her to achieve national and European titles, reflecting her dedication and skill in the art.

Holding black belts in Kyokushin Karate and Mixed Martial Arts, Sensei Gabi offers a comprehensive training experience that combines traditional techniques with practical self-defence. Her innovative approach is shaped by her diverse martial arts background.

In 2017, Sensei Gabi expanded her horizons by pursuing higher education in International Business and HR Management at Anglia Ruskin University and Ulster University. During this period, she explored various professions, which enriched her understanding of different walks of life. However, it was the role of a martial arts instructor that she found most fulfilling, especially realized during the reflection period brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

With her academic and professional experiences enhancing her perspective, Sensei Gabi was inspired to establish HAITO Karate in late 2022, creating a new chapter in her martial arts journey.

Her competitive career concluded in 2013 due to injuries, but her passion for teaching and empowering others through martial arts remains undiminished at HAITO Karate.

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