OKUKAN History

OKUKAN is a school of Shitoryu Karate-Do. Originally founded in Brisbane at the incredible Brisbane Powerhouse by Sensei Sandra Contreras. OKUKAN is now located in Melbourne, in our private premises in Coburg, Melbourne. Sensei Sandra continues to learn, and teaches all adult and children’s classes, six days a week.

We hope that every Black Belt coming out of our karate school is able to show the qualities of a true warrior: endeavour to develop a sense of courage and awareness with complete honesty and respect for others, in life as on the tatami.

OKUKAN maintains formal relationships with:


Hanshi Master Iwata is 8th Dan, President of World Shito-ryu Karate-do Federation.


Hanshi Shoko Sato is 8th Dan, President of Pan-American Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation & Vice-President of the World Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation.


OKUKAN is a member of the Australian Karate Federation. The AKF is a member of the World Karate Federation (WKF) and this links its members to 170 countries worldwide. This relationship provides our students access to Junior/Cadet and Senior World Championships.

About Kyoshi Shoko Sato

Master Shoko Sato, 8th Dan (Hanshi) World Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation
Master Shoko Sato, 8th Dan (Hanshi) World Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation

Hanshi Shoko Sato was born in 1945 in Miyagi-Japan. He graduated from Toyo University and for a while worked as an economist. In his youth he was a Kumite expert. He was a Team Member and Team Captain of the Karate Team at Toyo University. Thanks to the commitment and discipline of athletes like Master Sato, Toyo University was able to maintain for decades its reputation as a Karate powerhouse in Japan. 

Until 1939 the Karate program at Toyo University was taught by famous practitioner, Motobu Choki, and after that by Master Kenwa Mabuni, the Founder of Shitoryu. Master Sato’s teacher, Master Manzo Iwata, was an accomplished student of Shitoryu Founder, Master Kenwa Mabuni, and was the first president of the World Shito-Ryu Karate-do Federation, and an exceptional martial artist.

Hanshi Shoko Sato is President of Pan-American Karate-Do Federation and Vice-President of World Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation. OKUKAN’s spirit is Master Shoko Sato’s derivative. As a pioneer and a great symbol of Japanese Karate, Kyoshi Shoko Sato’s teaching has influenced and continues to drive numerous DOJO, athletes, teachers and leaders of our generation. More.

Teaching Philosophy…

Instruction operates within the rules, spirit and integrity of Shitoryu Karate-Do.

At OKUKAN, we endeavour to assess each student’s performance objectively and individually, encouraging fair participation, helping each student reach their potential. Learning activities designed in our school promote a social environment were members of our community are treated with courtesy and care, regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion, including students, parents, guests, and staff members. At OKUKAN, we promote learning over competitive sport, but there are all the opportunities available to students hoping to compete. Sensei Sandra is a former elite athlete.

Sports Karate…

‘Sports karate’ is the label given to the type of karate that is practiced for participation at karate tournaments. It is often technically different from non-competitive karate. Techniques are aimed at demonstrating good form and a knowledge of the purpose of movements. Non-competitive karate is instead considered a form of self-defence and self-development, and not a demonstration.

At OKUKAN, tournaments are seen to be a positive activity for children, teens and adults -not for the thrill of winning, but for the opportunity to share and learn from others. If you are interested in tournaments, you will be carefully guided through the sports karate journey.

Shitoryu is worldwide one of the strongest styles when it comes to tournaments, and OKUKAN’s head instructor is an experienced competitor.


First and foremost: Seek perfection of character.
First and foremost: Be loyal.
First and foremost: Endeavour to excel.
First and foremost: Respect others.
First and foremost: Refrain from violent behaviour.

Safe Training

Decisions and actions at OKUKAN contribute to a safe environment, giving priority to the safety of students. Sensei Sandra holds a Working with Children Check and understands First Aid current practices. Free sparring is practiced while wearing WKF-approved protective gear.

safety comes first at okukan karate dojo

Safety First

Working with Children’s Check
Current First Aid
Accredited Coach

OKUKAN Membership

Membership is a once-off fee, helping to ensure that the karate style you practice (Shitoryu) is maintained and delivered genuinely.

Athletes’ development is progressively assessed during training. As with most modern martial arts, our school has a grading system to symbolise stages of learning. To be a part of the formal grading system in our karate school, you will need to become an OKUKAN member. This membership also ensures that your grading is acknowledged internationally.


Determination. Never forget the spirit of first beginning.
Morality. Never neglect courtesy and etiquette.
Development. Never neglect effort.
Common sense. Never lose common sense.
Peace. Never disturb harmony.

“[Our daughter] has benefited greatly in both personal confidence and physical development from attending your OKUKAN Dojo. We wish to thank you for all the hard work you and your team have put in.”


OKUKAN Karate Melbourne


0490 112 360


9 Hunt Street, Coburg, Melbourne Australia, 3058

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 8:30am to 8:30pm

Saturday 7:00am to 5:00pm

Closed: Sunday and public holidays


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