Japan Karate Association Australia

Shotokan Karate
Greensborough | Watsonia
| Melbourne

JKA Instructors

Tokaido JKA gi and black beltWith a vast membership in over 120 countries, the JKA is the world’s largest and most prestigious karate organization. Recognized heir to the Shotokan karate tradition, it is the only legal karate entity officially approved by the Japanese government as an association of members Shadan Hojin for the promotion of karate, and granted a tax-free status. More importantly, the JKA is the preserver of the soul and spirit of the art of kokufu-bunka karate-do-karate based Shotokan Karate Kataon the ancient Japanese tradition of Bushido (the way of the samurai). The JKA's mission is to promote this way of karate throughout the world, ensuring that it remains true to the philosophical precepts upon which it was founded.

JKA is
family martial art and self-defense school where mothers, fathers, sons and daughters can share their martial arts  and self defence experience in Melbourne's Northern Suburbs.  Our style is predominately non-contact so students can expect to train hard, but feel safe. For those in our senior class contact sparring is an option along with semi and no contact fighting. 

JKA Greensborough is built on sharing and learning from all students' life time experiences and to gain strength from those we know and meet. Everyone at JKA Northern Melbourne is encouraged to act, behave, believe and conduct themselves in a way that sees them as a black belt long before it has happened.  It is a representation of what is within us that makes a student a black belt, even when they are only beginning their martial arts journey. This is what makes every student at JKA Watsonia Dojo a winner.

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What JKA can do for your child

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“Success in all areas in Life.

Our Philosophy on Children and Learning.”

Our students develop…

Confidence: By successfully completing set tasks and knowing that in everyday life the “never give up attitude” is important, whether academic, social or sports. Concentration: An increased ability to apply attention for a period of time. Responsibility: In completing training at the very best of their ability, listening to instructions, following instructions, taking care of their appearance, uniform and attending classes on time. Focus: The ability to think about the information and apply it when needed. Self–Esteem: In knowing that persistence by continually applying effort increases confidence and pride in a job well done.

Communication Skills: Understanding instructions and being able to demonstrate the intended message verbally or physically (body language). Respect: Showing the proper attitude and communication skills when communicating with adults, mentors and the wider community. Discipline:Being able to continue and strive for the best results. This includes the ability to focus and concentrate to achieve optimal performance in completing the set task. Obedience: The ability to follow instructions and have trust and reassurance that seniors or instructors provide information having your personal interest and safety at heart.

Patience: The ability to calmly wait until your efforts are required without the constant need for constant interaction when not required. Pride: In maintaining your uniform, personal appearance and completing all set activities at the very best of your ability. Empathy: Displaying understanding when injury or varying circumstances occur and being able to assist when required. Mental agility: Thinking quickly and applying the correct solution concerning self-defence techniques or problem solving. Perseverance:  Never giving up and abiding by the “Practice makes Permanent” philosophy to achieve the very best personal performance. Commitment: Having the responsibility to follow through with training and strive to successfully complete the next grading.

JKA embraces the philosophy of building on strong foundations concerning individual character and developing worthy lifestyle principles. We aim to reinforce the traditional bushido (Japanese warrior conduct) ethos of improving personal growth with a code enforcing moral principles, loyalty, honour and achieving your very best. We believe that karate develops character that transcends in all aspects of life. Our instructors and mentors guide your children and continually strive to develop qualities that will assist them in coping with all situations in life. We emphasise manners, etiquette and respect as core principles followed by commitment and perseverance. JKA equips students with the knowledge concerning essential self-defence techniques for assertiveness and protection. Children are prepared to react in bullying environments, therefore parents can rest assured their child will not succumb to emotional or physical injuries associated with bullying. So, whilst karate is about speed, power, flexibility, precision and knowledge, it is also about being able to effectively apply skills learnt in training for everyday circumstances.

Parents notice the development in character and ability. JKA has a mentor program and provides students with differentiated classes for varying learning abilities. Students learn at their own pace whilst parents remain assured that the instructors are aware of capabilities, ability and focus on the next stage of development.

Parents are welcome to sit in classes and observe the development of their children.

Give your children a gift for life!




Mark Bates Shotokan Karate

JKA Uniform Patch symbol

Uniform patch

JKA sign the “In-Yo” symbol. This is a small circle within the larger circle. The smaller circle is red in color and represents the sun. “In-Yo” symbol has the same meaning as the Chinese “Yin-Yang” symbol. It represents a balance between opposite forces and transferred sense, 

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