Seacliff Karate Dojo, South Australia


What we do

We train in traditional Goju-Ryu Karate. This style has an emphasis on respect, traditional values and self-development. Seacliff Goju Ryu is a family oriented club where parents and children train and develop together. The classes are challenging, but also cater to people of all ability.

Fitness Training in Goju-Ryu Karate will help develop:

  • Self Defence
  • Sporting ability
  • Confidence
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Fitness is an important part of our training. Class will typically begin with plyometric and core strength training, and continue on to partner drills, bag training, Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring). 

Most people start Karate with a low level of fitness. Accordingly, the classes are designed to help develop new students from a low base.  

Age is not a barrier – some of the members of the Dojo are known to classify themselves as `mature`! In addition, techniques and drills can be adapted to suit different body types.
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Self Defence

Our curriculum is based on scientifically based realistic scenarios, and confirmed with hundreds of years of applied practice. Self defence is taught from the very beginning. We drill high repetition of core defenses so that they can be used without conscious thought if the need arises.


Many of our students have been very successful in tournaments, competing in point sparring, Kata demonstration, and other events. Competing in sports encourages athleticism and team spirit, and is also fun!

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Our dojo follows the Samurai maxim of “Bun Bu Ichi” (see the calligraphy, below ) which translates as ‘Pen and Sword in Accord’. One aspect of Bun Bu Ichi is that Karate can be trained physically and also mentally; for example the Zen of Karate can be considered and reflected upon. Also, anything that we do can be questioned and examined – it is important to keep things practical and effective. Another aspect of Bun Bu Ichi is that Karate should supplement the other parts of your life, such as by providing a physical release from your ordinary work.


Karate teaches confidence by helping students improve themselves, overcome challenges and succeed at a skill. Karate training teaches humility through hard work, and discipline. Ability is not born, but developed with perseverance and effort. Students who train Karate can be confident that their Karate success are real and properly earned. And a student that achieve at Karate can be confident that they can also succeed in other parts of their life.

Class Times

Sunday: 3 classes are held at the Seacliff Primary School Gym on Sunday mornings. Students may attend whichever class or classes they desire. Between each class is a short refreshment break.

9.30 - 10.30 am is oriented towards fitness, (Kihon) fundamentals and Kata (forms).

10.30 - 11.30 am is oriented towards self defence, paired drills and Kumite (sparring).

11.30 - 12.30 am is for advanced students and is oriented toward Kumite and advanced Kata.

Classes run in accordance with school terms, with a break over school holidays


The first two lessons are free! Training fees are paid on the first class of each term and are:
  • $100 per term for Adults 
  • $85 per term for children. 
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 $50 annual membership fee to cover insurance.

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Seacliff Primary School Gym

Seacliff primary School Gym
Barwell Ave, Seacliff, South Australia 5049
For more information call Adrian on 0403 873 498

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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
  • 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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