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Students aged 14 years old and above are considered to be senior students. The training that senior students undergo is based on a strict international cirriculum set out by the World Honbu Dojo (Headquarters) of the World Matsubayashi-ryu (Shorin-ryu) Karate-do Association in Okinawa, Japan.

Our dojo focuses on bridging the gap between kata (forms), kihon (basics) and kumite (sparring) for use in realistic self-defence situations. This is done by looking in-depth at and analysing the kata (bunkai) and applying them in two-person drills and applications (oyo).

Learn about what you need to know on our FAQs page or hear what students have to say.

The best way to see whether you would enjoy practicing karate, and to ask any questions, is to come along to watch or participate in a class. Your first two lessons are free. Adults can train three times per week on Mon at 7pm, or Wed/Thu at 6.45pm (with a 4th class available once you've a little more experience).

Here is a demonstration of kata and it's practical applications:  

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The primary training involves activities such as kihon (basics), kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). Through these activities, the program aims to develop and condition the physical body, stimulate and develop the mind, and work on life-style cultivation. Additionally the seniors program aims to develop a diverse range of dynamic, effective and practical unarmed self-defence skills through the training of the fundamental principles of Okinawan Karate-do, including goshin waza (self-defence techniques), bunkai (analysis of kata), oyo (applications) and kumite (yakuzoku, and two-person drills).

Our fundamental syllabus is based on: 18 kata; 36 habitual acts of physical violence and their defences; 6 throws (and breakfalls); 8 body conditioning exercises; 11 two-person fundamental drills; 8 yakusoku kumite; and application practices for each kata.

Senior/adult students are required to participate in a minimum of two formal classes per week at the dojo. Some exceptions can be made on an individual basis and by arrangement with the Head Instructor.

Our style of Karate-do (Matsubayashi-ryu) is characterised by natural, flowing, fluid and snap, or whip-like techniques. It is a kata-based system with a strong focus on practical and realistic applications. This means that anyone, despite age, gender or ability can practice Karate. We also teach traditional Okinawan Kobudo (weapons) to select students.

We endeavour to keep class sizes small, and at no more than 20 students (with 1-2 instructors) in order to ensure an effective teacher-to-student ratio is maintained.

Our dojo is not a commercial school, and while we encourage everyone to enquire about joining, we only accept those who will be serious and dedicated to their training as students, and are happy to recommend other dojo to you if we are not the appropriate school for you. Adult students are required to commit to training at least twice per week.

All karate classes are taught by the Head Instructor (Kancho), Sensei Reece Cummings, 4th Dan with regular guest instructors such as Australian Chief Instructor Sensei John Carlyle. Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, the second generation headmaster, had also been a guest instructor before his passing in 2012.

In addition to the generic skills listed above, adults and teens will gain the a variety of benefits from Karate practice. The following points should be noted:

  1. Stress relief – A martial arts program can take a lot of the negative energy that you build up while at work or school, and help you not only physically but mentally get rid of it
  2. Increased health – Martial arts is a well-rounded activity and will help you develop flexibility, coordination, balance, natural strength, fitness, and therefore decrease risk of injury with age. The health benefits of practicing karate are immeasurable, and practitioners are often still practicing into their 70s and 80s
  3. Enjoyment – Unlike many other forms of exercise, Karate is something you do with a group. This provides you with motivation to attend, and also a more enjoyable environment to train in due to the sense of community
  4. More energy, more productivity – Exercise keeps the endorphins going, the brain functioning well, and by exercising and doing a workout, this can give you more energy throughout the day, and therefore lead to increased productivity in other areas of your life
  5. Time to bond with family – Karate, if practiced as a family, is a good way to have a universal interest, and is a healthy way to bond with the family
  6. All ability levels, no one left behind – In karate it doesn't matter if you've never taken a class before, or even never played a sport at all, every practitioner gets the same benefit, and everyone gets the chance to work on the things they need to. All ability levels practice at the same time, so everyone is getting a simultaneous benefit by working with each other. Karate is group training, but an individual journey
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