Karate for Grownups…


What to Expect in a Karate Class…

Zarei Opening and Closing Ceremony

• Warm Up Traditional, generic karate warmup.

• Kihon The practice of karate basics, in place.

• IdoKihon The practice of karate basics, whilst moving.

• Kata The practice of patterns.

• Ippon Kumite Pre-arranged defence against single attacks.

• Self-Defence The practice of responding to unexpected threat.

• Jiju Kumite Free sparring.

• Cool Down Students are encouraged to take time after class to cool down.


Our Adult Beginners Trial

OKUKAN DOJO is a genuine place of learning and training. You will be welcomed onto the tatami to learn, grow and be challenged.

Choose to attend your 4-week beginners trial for one day or two days a week.

Classes are delivered onsite by Sensei Sandra, in our private Coburg DOJO. Absolute beginners are most welcome.

Our martial arts program offers members Unlimited karate training during the week.


Karate is a great workout and is great for stress release!

Karate for adults is a great way to get fit and healthy! Regular exercise ensures we remain healthy, supporting our backs and prolonging health, not to mention making us feel generally inspired and motivated.

Karate Builds a Balanced Body!

Adult karate is a great all-round workout.

Karate uses all muscle groups and a variety of concentric exercises, so as muscles contract they also extend, giving that lean look, while also building strength and speed. Karate in particular helps legs grow strong, increases speed times and improves explosive strength.

Karate for Anaerobic Exercise

Regular karate training and its anaerobic training has been proven to slowdown the deterioration of cognitive functioning in old age. Evidence shows that the combination of anaerobic exercise and movements requiring coordination and balance, maintains or improves cognitive functioning.

Studies have found karate helps to enhance attention, resilience and motor reaction time, proving that five months of regular karate training yields ‘a significant improvement in motor reactivity, stress tolerance and divided attention’.

Longer karate training periods produce even better results, which means regular, sustained training is even healthier that one might think.

Karate & Self Defence

Written histories suggest that during the decades of development of karate systems, martial arts responded to a real need for safety in Okinawa, within nobility and among lay people alike.

Shitoryu in particular, was born out of the effort of its founder to define a type of karate that was primarily effective in real combat situations, often close distance and sometimes with an armed opponent. After the passing of Grandmaster Kenwa Mabuni, his students and his son Grandmaster Kenei have continued to investigate and perfect self-defence applications that are based on the technical and tactical principles of simplicity and effectiveness.

In Shitoryu, every movement has a practical function. Repeating Shitoryu movements over a substantial period of time results in the practitioner becoming a proficient warrior of the ’empty hand’ (‘kara’ translates as ’empty’ and ‘te’ hand).

Karate & Self Development

At a conscious level, the practice of karate is a learning challenge to attain coordination, precision, physical balance, strength, etc. In this sense, karate gives a personal sense of accomplishment for being able to learn a skill. 

At a less conscious level, karate challenges attitude and behaviour by promoting a sense of humility, ethics and self-discipline, through the role-based social structure of the dojo. The dojo’s social system demands trust and respect toward a teacher, and new students naturally develop admiration toward assistants and advanced students. Self-development occurs as a result of the karate student’s ‘readiness’ to learn, given this social structure.

Karate and self development

At a subconscious level, karate promotes concentration, internal power, self-awareness and self-knowledge. Students learn to breath and to meditate in karate. At the beginning and at the end of karate lessons, students sit.

At an advanced level, karate movements provide the structure to practice meditation in movement. At its best, karate is, as masters have stated before: a way of life.

Common terminology used in class