Magill Primary Dojo, Adelaide

kids karate western suburbs brisbane
Personal Development primary focus

           Practical Self Defence                                 Traditional & Competition                  
Coordination Building  

The Instructors

Callum Monaghan
(2nd Dan) began his training in 1998 in a variant of Goju-Kai. Obtaining his Nidan in this style, he was asked to take over running the Magill Primary School Dojo in 2009 from Adrian Cartland Sempai and the Blackwood Dojo in 2013. In 2015 Callum joined the Traditional Japanese Karate Network moving his classes across to a more Goju-Ryu style.  As well as Karate Callum also holds the rank of Shodan in Iaido and trains in Judo with the Adelaide Uni Judo Club. 

Xanthe Kitchen (2nd Dan) Xanthe Kitchen is a sempai of Nidan rank. She has been training in karate since she was seven years old, and began assisting with instructing duties at fourteen. Her involvement with martial arts began in a Goju Kai derivative style. Looking for further challenges and a more traditional style with international links, she began training in Goju Ryu in early 2015, under Adrian Cartland Sempai. Her club, run by Callum Monaghan Sempai, officially joined the TJKN mid-2015. 

Beginners don't need karate uniforms 

- we stock for you to purchase if you decide to sign up for a term


Training fees are paid at the start of each school term, they are:

   $100 for Adults (18 years and over)

   $95 for Intermediates (14 to 18 years)

   $90 for Juniors (5 to 14 years)

Because this is a family oriented club, subsequent members of the same family receive a 50% discount. If you start part way through a term the fees are pro-rated. There is also a $60 annual membership fee to cover insurance paid at the start of term 3.

About the Style we Practice

What we do

We train in traditional Goju-Ryu Karate. This style has an emphasis on respect, traditional values and self-development. The classes are challenging, but also cater to people of all ability levels.

Training in Goju-Ryu Karate will help develop:

   Self Defence
   Sporting ability

Goju Ryu Magill Primary is a family oriented club. On Saturdays the children’s and adults’ classes are run concurrently, and parents and children are encouraged to train and develop together.

Junior Classes:

Junior karateka (karate practitioners) are expected to learn four main curriculum areas: Kata, Bunkai, Kihon/Ito, and Kumite. They train non-contact when striking, though some activities require touch contact – for example, when practicing an escape from a hold. The class is at times split up by belt level for certain activities, particularly to learn kata.

Kata are patterns of movements – like a choreographed dance. These teach a student essential blocks, strikes, stances and more, and can be practised alone or performed in time with a group.

Bunkai are self-defence applications derived from the movements in kata. These are practiced in pairs, with one person taking on the role of the attacker and the other defending themselves using a series of movements from their kata.

Kihon and Ido are short sets of basic movements practiced repetitively. While Kihon are performed standing still, Ido are done whilst moving. An example of a Kihon/Ido is Jodanzuki - chudanzuki (high punch - mid punch). This will typically be practiced in sets of ten repetitions.

Kumite is sparring (free fighting). All juniors fight non-contact matches. A subset of Kumite is Ippon Kumite (one-step sparring), in which one partner performs a single attack, and the other responds by blocking/moving and then counter attacking.

Adults’ Classes

Adults are expected to cover the same major curriculum area as juniors (Kata, Bunkai, Kihon/Ito, Kumite), with two major differences: adults train with some optional contact, and are required to have a basic knowledge of grappling, including falls, rolls, and throws.

How to tie your belt

  - you need to be able to for your belt test if you are 6yrs old or older

Know how to tie your karate belt

First lesson free 

Goju Ryu Magill Primary is a family oriented club. On Saturdays the children’s and adults’ classes are run concurrently, and parents and children are encouraged to train and develop together.

New students can join any time.

Training Times    

               6:30pm to 7:30pm juniors (5-14yrs)
               7:45pm to 9:15pm Adult class 14+

                Combined kids and adult classes are held at:
                10am till 11am for Juniors
                10am till 11:30am for Adults

                Iaido (sword) class also available at 11:45am

Karate Dojo location  & Contact Details

Magill Primary School, Adelaide
South Australia    

Ph: 0415396654

Magill Primary School

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  • 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
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    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!
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How our Junior ranking & belt system works

karate karate belt ranks and colors

At the end of each school term we have a belt test. The student may end up with any of the following outcomes:
  • no rank change if not quite ready
  • a change in level
  • the addition of a stripe (1 black stripe exists at each rank color)
  • belt colour change

Videos on Basic Technique for White to Orange belts:
- filmed mid-1990s & adult focused teaching style

karate history

4. Introduction to Lower Block...

5. Introduction to kick (knee/ankle lift variant 1)...

karate stances beginners

6. Introduction to Kiai...

7. Upper Block...

8. Punching Harder & Faster...

9. What is Kata...

10. Basic Karate Drills...

Note: These videos cover an initial understanding of technique in one variant