NOTICE | WRKA is closing its doors in July (Wainui dojo) and December (LH dojo). We are not accepting new students | Osu!

Frequently Asked Questions

ONLINE STORE OFFLINE

Thank you to all our customer for your years of loyalty.  Our business has evolved considerably over the past five years, and we have now elected to close our online and Trade Me stores, and focus on equipment just for our own karate academy.

Please use the Contact Us button, we still offer some products to long-time customers organised via email and online banking.

ARE YOUR PRODUCTS NZ MADE?

All our products are designed in New Zealand and manufactured offshore. 

HOW MUCH WILL SAPIUS UNIFORMS SHRINK?

On average the Ignite ribbed uniform will shrink 2-3%, and the Incite and Incarnate uniforms will shrink 6-7% through their life - if the wash & care instructions are followed. Note all fabrics continue to shrink through their useful life, and the amount is very dependent on how they are washed and cared for.

HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY SAPIUS UNIFORM?

Always:

  • Wash in cold water, with Napisan or similar. Warm or hot water washes will excessively shrink the uniform.
  • Gently stretch and iron (at a low tempurature) any embroidery on the uniform. This will minimise unsightly bunching around the embroidery.
  • For at least the first 10 wash/dry cycles, dry the uniform in direct sunlight on a rack or clothes line. Slowly drying the uniform when its new will help avoid excessing shrinkage.

It's OK to:

  • Pre-soak your uniform in cold water overnight if it has any stubborn stains. Use cold water, a stain remover AND fabric whitener.
  • Dry the uniform in a sensor clothes dryer on the lowest heat setting. When dried by itself the uniform will be wrinkle-free and will not shrink any more than natural drying.
  • To iron your uniform, but not excessively. Lots of heat into the uniform will cause excessive shrinkage.

Never:

  • Wash your uniform with any coloured clothes. Colours will run and you will have a pink uniform!
  • Bleach your uniform, unless as a last resort to restore its whiteness. Bleach will degrade the material and weaken the uniform, and damage any badges or embroidery.
  • Dry your uniform for excessive times, or high heat settings in a clothes dryer. Dryers often overheat the clothes, causing excessive shrinkage.