West Beach Karate, Adelaide

Personal Development primary focus

           Practical Self Defence                                 Traditional & Competition                  
Coordination Building       

The Instructors

Shihan Tracy Ellis
 is the Chikara Budo senior instructor. Tracy graded early this year with the International Budo Federation to Godan (5th level black belt) which carries the title of Shihan. With over 20 years karate experience which was mostly spent in karate training with the Go Kan Ryu karate club. Tracy also helped setup Yu Ki Do and was the elected secretary of the Australian Martial Arts Association (AMAA) from 2003 to 2005. She has also trained with Aiki Budo.

Sensei Damien graded to Sandan in December 2007 and has over 20 years martial arts experience. Most of this (over 10 years) was karate training with the Go Kan Ryu karate club. He then helped to setup a smaller karate club - Yu Ki Do before creating Chikara Budo with Tracy sensei. Damien has also trained with Aiki Budo and been a committee member of the AMAA.

Beginners don't need karate uniforms 

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

About the Style we Practice

Karate fundamentals in our Chikara budo club are based on shotokan and goju ryu styles will train you in basic techniques, advanced techniques, kata, bunkai (practical applications) and kumite (non-contact sparring). Also covered are introductory jujitsu techniques including break falls, basic throws and basic locks

Within the Traditional Japanese Karate Network we have a great support network with 7th & 8th degree black belts in Japan, United States and Australia who sit on our grading panels, run seminars and attend our camps.

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

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 

Students are often surprised that they can have fun while getting a tough workout. We are proud that we can provide one of the few activities for whole families to participate in together

Students are encouraged to arrive at their class 15 minutes early to warm up before training begins

New students can join any time.

Training Times    Mondays & Thursdays 
                                  6:30pm to 7:30pm juniors (6-13) & beginners
                                  7:30pm to 9pm seniors & advanced

Karate Dojo location  & Contact Details

West Beach Primary School, Adelaide
South Australia    


West Beach Primary School

With some hot days coming up don't forget that if the temperature is forecast to be 36 degrees or above head straight to beach in front of the public toilets near the West Beach Surf Life Saving club.  We will train on the beach and in the water so wear bathers under your Gi.   

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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.

    Photo Photo
    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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