What is JKA Karate?

The Japan Karate Association (“JKA”) practices the original Shotokan karate style, as taught by Funakoshi Gichin Sensei, founder of modern day karate. JKA is headquartered in Japan and the JKA budo karate we uncompromisingly practice is specified by a Japanese-based Chief Instructor.

JKA karate is focused on developing and perfecting ‘kime’, requiring both mental and physical concentration. Kime is generated by the balance of strong stances, focus, timing and speed of techniques.

‘Point scoring’ is not the purpose of JKA karate – our focus is on the importance of dedication, commitment and discipline.

What is JKAA?

The Japan Karate Association (JKA) Australia Inc. (“JKAA”) was incorporated in 2010 and is one of the leading JKA karate organisations in Australia. We have over 500 members practicing at our branches or ‘dojos’, which are located at various locations in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

JKAA teaches traditional JKA Shotokan-style karate. The standards taught are of the highest level in keeping with the technical requirements set by JKA HQ.

JKAA instructors are certified by JKA HQ and are guided by our JKAA Chief Instructor Takaatsu Nishimura Shihan, 7th Dan.

JKAA is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated in Victoria and is registered as a ‘Registered Australian Body’ with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. JKAA’s general administrative business is conducted by a committee elected under the rules approved by Consumer Affairs Victoria. Matters related to the instruction of karate are overseen by the JKAA Technical Committee under the direction of Nishimura Shihan, JKAA Chief Instructor.

CLICK HERE to find a JKAA branch near you.

What can JKAA offer branches and members?

1.) Access to highly qualified instructors

Chief Instructor, Nishimura Shihan, conducts regular training for JKAA instructors and other senior members. JKAA also has a highly qualified Technical Committee who oversee the consistent instruction throughout Australia.

Both the Chief Instructor and Deputy Chief Instructor usually travel to Japan twice a year to attend seminars run by JKA Headquarters, so they can impart the latest teachings and their experience with JKAA instructors and members.

JKAA also invites high ranking guest instructors from Japan at least once a year, as part of training seminars which all JKAA members are able to attend and participate in.

2.) State and national seminars & competitions

JKAA hosts an annual training seminar and competition with a guest instructor from JKA Headquarters. These national seminars are held at different locations every year to provide all JKAA members the opportunity to attend at their home states.

In addition, state-level seminars and competitions are also held during the year, to provide further training opportunities and competition experience for JKAA members.

3.) Direct membership to JKA HQ, Japan

Annual membership with JKAA includes individual registration with JKA Headquarters in Japan.

4.) Opportunities to gain JKA qualifications

As well as conducting regular black belt or ‘dan’ examinations, the JKAA Chief Instructor is also licenced to carry out examinations for members to gain qualifications as instructors, competition judges and grading examiners. JKAA members are provided with support to attain these qualifications, through regular training sessions tailored for senior or black belt students.

5.) Dan grade recognition & transfer program

For those wishing to join JKAA from other Shotokan organisations, JKA has a black belt or ‘dan’ transfer system – when the required technical standard is demonstrated, existing dan ranks will be recognised. There is no official equivalent program for colour belts or ‘kyu’ grades however, it is common for students with prior experience to progress quickly through the kyu ranks.

6.) Simple membership application

Individual members can easily join JKAA by using this website.

CLICK HERE to be redirected to the membership application and payment page.

When your membership is due for renewal, a notice will be sent to your email address.

For enquiries about establishing a new JKAA branch, please use the contact us HERE.