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 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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