What is JKA Karate?

The Japan Karate Association (“JKA”) practices the original Shotokan karate style as taught by Funakoshi Gichin Sensei, who is widely regarded as the founder of modern day karate. JKA is headquartered in Tokyo, 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 JKA Australia?

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

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

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

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

What can JKA Australia offer branches and members?

1.) Access to highly qualified instructors

Chief Instructor, Nishimura Shihan, conducts regular training for JKA Australia instructors and other senior members. JKA Australia also has a highly qualified Technical Board 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 JKA Australia instructors and members.

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

2.) State and national seminars & competitions

JKA Australia 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 JKA Australia 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 JKA Australia members.

3.) Direct membership to JKA Headquarters, Japan

Annual membership with JKA Australia 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 JKA Australia Chief Instructor is also licenced to carry out examinations for members to gain qualifications as instructors, competition judges and grading examiners. JKA Australia 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 JKA Australia 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 JKA Australia by using the online membership form on this website and easy payment process through PayPal.

Prior to joining JKA Australia, please contact the branch which you are interested in joining.