Japan Karate Association / World Federation / Australia


Here at Japan Karate Association Australia / Brighton Dojo we welcome all students from Age 5+. Our particular style of martial art is Karate, and Shotokan is the style or brand of karate we learn and practice. This is traditional Japanese karate which was introduced to Japan about 1922.

Our group is affiliated directly with the JKA which is based in Tokyo.

Classes are held at
St Kieran’s School

15 Greenwood Street, Brighton QLD 

*First lesson is free.

Junior Classes

6.15pm to 7.15pm

6.15pm to 7.00pm

(15 yrs & under)

Senior Classes

7.30pm to 8.30pm

7.00pm to 7.45pm

(16 yrs plus)

High Rank Classes


7.45pm to 8.30pm

(16 yrs plus)

Membership Fees

The club is a member of the JKA/WF (The National Body) and yearly fees are $50 per year for junior students and $70 per year for senior students. A part of this fee is utilised for insurance payments. The financial year runs from February of each year.

Gi (karate suit)

Basic starting outfit is $40 which will include a club badge to be sewn on the left side of the chest.

New Membership Application Form

Please download pdf form and returned filled in and signed along with your cash


Please download pdf form and returned filled in and signed along with your cash

Karate Promotes

Self Confidence
Self Control
Self Discipline
Physical Fitness

Ready to get started?

Feel free to call or fill out form below.

Sensei John Cahill – 0402 413 390


What's the minimum starting Age?

We will take students from 5 years of age. All newcomers are encouraged to try out and of course each child can be different in terms of attention span, ability, co-ordination and enjoyment in what they are doing. Each new student is given every chance to feel comfortable in the learning environment of martial arts training. Consultation between the instructor, parents and the student will determine the continued involvement in karate participation.

Is a membership form required before I start?

Not immediately. The first lesson is free and newcomers will be encouraged to attend lessons for a reasonable period of time (2 to 4 weeks perhaps) before a decision is made on continuing with lessons or not. If the student makes the decision to continue then we will require that they complete an Application for Membership and become a financial member of the JKA/WF Brighton.

Do I need to book before I start?

It is not absolutely necessary but contact with the instructor (phone or email) prior to attending would be an advantage as the inquirer can be given a basic insight into the club and also give the instructor a “heads up” that the person will be attending and intends to take part in the class.

Can I watch my child during the lesson?

You most certainly can and in fact it is encouraged, especially in the case of junior students below 9 to 10 years of age. We encourage parents/family to remain during the lesson so they can see what is expected of the student and can be comfortable with what transpires during the lesson.

Where can I buy my karate suit?

Our club has a range of sizes of karate suits (gi) available for purchase in stock. These suits are a basic starting outfit and can be purchased for around $40 which includes a club badge which will be needed to be attached to the left side of the gi at breast level. Again we look at the 2 to 4 week introduction period before it will be encouraged that the student outfit his/herself with a appropriate karate suit.

What can I expect at my first lesson?

First time students should wear a lose fitting top (t shirt) and shorts or track pants. Footwear is to be left at the entrance to the training hall (dojo). You should be there at least 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the lesson. Formal bows will commence the lesson, you will be shown your place during this ritual. Most instruction will be communicated in words or phrases in Japanese and will probably be a bit confusing at the start but it will be explained to you what is required and every assistance will be given to you to help you feel comfortable. Every other person in the class including the instructor, has been in this position when they started. There will be no expectations of you in terms of what you will be participating in during the lesson and please DO NOT expect too much of yourself the first time.