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Brighton Karate Dojo

Self Defense - Confidence - Fitness
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Here at JKA Brighton, we welcome all students from ages 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.
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"We are members of the Japan Karate Association / World Federation / Australia"

Learn Shotokan Karate!

There is more to Karate than practising the skills to defend yourself. JKA/WF also teaches and promotes - Self Confidence, Self Control, Self Discipline, Physical Fitness, Coordination, Flexibility and making new friends. So come and try our class, we are one big family and welcome all newcomers with a free trial.


The club is a member of the JKA/WF (The National Body) Yearly membership fees are $50 for juniors and $70 for seniors. A part of this fee is utilised for insurance payments. The financial year runs from February of each year. Please download our pdf form and returned filled in and signed along with your cash.

Weekly Timetable

We welcome you to try our class, your first lesson is free.
5 - 15 yrs
6.15 PM - 7.15 PM

6.15 PM - 7.00 PM
16 yrs +
7.30 PM - 8.30 PM

7.00 PM - 7.45 PM
16 yrs +
7.45 PM - 8.30 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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.
What can I expect at my first lesson?
First-time students should wear a loose 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.
What's the minimum starting Age?
We will take students from 5 years of age. All new comers 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.
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.
Sensei John Cahill
Hi I'm Sensei John!
Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or like to start.
Call: 0402 413 390