What does JKAA offer its branches and members?
1. Access to highly qualified instructors
Chief Instructor, Nishimura Shihan, conducts monthly training for JKAA instructors and other senior members.
JKAA has a highly qualified Technical Committee who oversee the consistent instruction throughout Australia.
Both the Chief Instructor and Deputy Chief Instructor 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.
2. State and National Seminars & Competitions.
Victoria, South Australia and Queensland hold state seminars and competitions on an annual basis.
JKAA also hosts an annual national training seminar and competition with a guest instructor from JKA Headquarters.
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.
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 join JKAA using this website- just click on the ‘Join’ button on the homepage and provide your details.
Once your membership has been accepted, you will be issued with an invoice and details on how to pay the subscription.
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 Form on the main page (under Enquires).