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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  • Queensland competitors in Aust Champs
    Four of the Queensland kids competitors from the Fig Tree Pocket dojo who visited Adelaide for the Australian Traditional Karate Championships run by our organization. They all managed to pick up a few medals in their respective divisions.
    FTP kids Adelaide national champs 2017.JPG - Google Drive
    Posted Apr 11, 2017, 4:03 AM by Jason Armstrong
  • Qld Junior Traditional Championships
    The Queensland Junior Traditional Karate Network Championships 2017 - DownloadKarate - The Traditional Japanese Karate NetworkQld Junior Traditional Karate Network Championships 2017
    - the webpage is now open for registrations

    We have finally decided to put a tournament together to cater from 4yrs to 11yrs of age. The web sign-up page & rules are a clone of our Australian Traditional Karate Championships but applied at the Qld level.

    We are creating a good diversity of events for kids, especially for younger ones a little like some JKA & Shito events I saw in in Japan (but with one novel addition of a "theory competition"). Regardless of kids rank/age, the idea is to get them warmed to the tournament scene. Many of the kids competing from our organisation will be white to orange, so it will cater to to low ranks also. Older kids will also be eligible for 5 event types. Events include:

    The event will be at Fig Tree Pocket State School (near Kenmore). There will be 3 rings and how long the day goes will depend on entrant numbers, but the youngest age group (4-6yrs) will likely be all done on rings 1 & 2 within an hour. Ring 3 will start the older kids cycling through divisions from 10am and once the Little Tigers are done older ages will then be on all 3 rings.

    The full webpage & rules (with videos showing event types) is at:
    Posted Feb 18, 2017, 11:04 PM by Jason Armstrong
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