Welcome to the Itosu-Kai Karate-do All Australia branch website. You are about to enter a lifetime of friendship, physical fitness and spiritual strength as you learn the ancient and honourable art form of karate-do (Way of the Empty Hand).
Itosu-Kai offers both traditional Japanese karate and modern sports karate. Teaching and learning centre on the mastery of kata (form), in which can be found the fundamentals of self-defence and kumite (sparring) techniques. These experiences bring many benefits to the younger and older practitioner alike. Confidence, self esteem, coordination and resilience are all integral to learning. Above all, karate begins and ends with respect.
Itosu-ryu has been in existence in Australia for over 3 decades. This is because our instructors are highly qualified and experienced, and classes are run safely and enjoyably. If you feel a little bit uncertain about your first visit, remember that all our members and instructors felt awkward at first and, at times, overwhelmed by their first few classes. However, you will find that you will soon be at ease as you make friends and begin learning the basics.
It is important to emphasise that karate-do is character building. The development of your friendships, physical fitness and spiritual strength will be indispensable in your pursuit of mastery of Itosu-ryu karate. Almost without realising it, you will find yourself serving humanity humbly, fulfilling your presence in this world with courage and compassion.
7th Dan Renshi Shihan