Buderim Karate Club - Sunshine Coast

Basic self defense is the first level of activity this club provides. Over time, as a student progresses, we then build in the rigors and traditions of Japanese Karate. Beginners and general public are welcome. 

We have a great support network with 8th Dans in Japan, United States and Australia who sit on our grading p
anels, run seminars and attend our camps.


 Term fees apply

Phone Lois Rowley on:  0418 624707

 Kids: 5pm - 6pm (7-12yrs old)
 Adults: 6pm - 7pm

   Kids: 5pm - 6pm (7-12yrs old)
   Adults: 6pm - 7pm

About the Instructors:

We have a number instructors that have come together from a number of different styles including: Shotokan, Shito-ryu, Kyokushin and Tae Kwon Do. The style we all now practice is Shito-Ryu Karate which was founded by Kenwa Mabuni. As a beginner this will be the core of your training and as you progress you will gain an understanding of broader styles and techniques. Shito-Ryu possess the kata of both Goju and Shotokan and offers a good balance of “liner and hard” with “round and soft”. Therefore, the three styles are innately connected. In fact, Mabuni Sensei (who founded Shito-ryu) regularly trained with Funakoshi (Shotokan) and Miyagi (Goju) to work on concepts, techniques and kata. We honour this age-old tradition and so enjoy training with other styles/clubs and welcome students from the many forms of martial arts to come into our dojo and train with other like minded people.

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Sensei Greg Scovell (4th Dan)  started Karate in 1972. He has trained within Asia, lived in Japan and due to travel related work gained Shodans in Tae Kwon do, Wu Su and Kyokushin before finally settling on the Sunshine Coast. He achieved Shodan in Shito Ryu whilst training under Sensei Jason Armstrong.  See Sensei Greg's karate lineage on the Karate family tree....

Senpai Jaki Scovell (2nd Dan) 

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Senpai Lois Rowley (2nd Dan)

Style and Affiliation:

This club is affiliated with dojo (schools) in Japan (Sensei Uetake 8th Dan), California (Sensei Young - - 7th Dan), and Australia (Shihan Armstrong 7th Dan).

What is Karate?
Karate is a Japanese martial art that is studied for self-defense, discipline, and the development of strong character. Karate literally means “the way of the empty hand”, and differs from sports such as kickboxing in that it focuses on the philosophical and technical approach to the art. Karate is not about learning how to fight or to intimidate others. It is about the process of self-discovery and understanding yourself and others as well as learning to be in control of yourself through physical and mental training.

What are the benefits of Karate?
• Fitness, Fun & mental well being
• Strength & Flexibility
• Self Defense & Confidence
• Social Activities
• Stable emotions & Clarity of thought
• Challenges both the mind and body

Classes will typically involve stretching, focus drills, bag-work and partner interactions. The traditional training will consist of: Kihon (Basic techniques – punches, kicks, combinations, sweeps, throws), Kata (forms and patterns which depict a fighting sequence), Ippon Kumite (single step fighting), Kumite (free fighting – green belt level and above only) and Bunkai (self defense partner work). There is no contact permitted in training for safety reasons.

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111 Burnett St

 Phone Lois Rowley on:  0418 624707

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"The Traditional Japanese Karate Network" comments and pictures feed from our Facebook Group page

  • Queensland Traditional Juniors Championships
    Last Saturday's tournament seemed to get a great deal of positive feedback from the visiting clubs. Especially in relation to its design for the young and low rank kids to experience their "first event". On our Facebook page there are a variety of pictures from the day some people have sent me or uploaded themselves (with some good ones of the Taiko drum performance).


    As previously mentioned, these events are all about the experience and personal development that occurs. There was a very broad range of kids receiving medals on the day, which was good to see, but most importantly it was how well the kids conducted themselves. They all behaved so well with good sportsmanship, respect for others and were so very engaged. They represented their respective ranks and dojo at the highest standard.

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    Posted May 27, 2017, 4:54 PM by Jason Armstrong
  • Shito-ryu Fig Tree Pocket dojo visits UQ Okinawan dojo
    A big thank you to the University of Queensland dojo and Sinn Chew sensei for allowing a group of 10 Shito-ryu Fig Tree Pocket students to visit tonight. Osu!
    Posted May 11, 2017, 4:43 AM by Jason Armstrong
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