OKUKAN History

OKUKAN is a school of Shitoryu Karate-Do. Originally founded in Brisbane at the incredible Brisbane Powerhouse by founder Sensei Sandra, OKUKAN is now located in Melbourne, where Sensei Sandra teaches all karate classes.

We hope that every Black Belt representing our karate school is able to show the qualities of a true warrior: to endeavour to develop a sense of courage and ‘awareness’ with complete honesty and respect for others, both on and off the tatami.

Okukan maintains formal relationships with:

  • Australian Karate Federation (AKF). “The Australian Karate Federation Inc. is a member of the World Karate Federation (WKF) and this links them to 170 countries worldwide. Karate as such is one of the ten largest sports in the world.” This relationship provides our students access to Junior/Cadet and Senior World Championships. The president of AKF is a Shitoryu member.
  • Shitoryu Karatedo Australia, and the World Shitoryu Karate Federation (WSKF). Established in 1934, Shitoryu has become known to the world through activities organised by Japan Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Kai and All Japan Karate-Do Federation Shito-Kai. In 1993, World Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation was established. Asian-Pacific (see www.apskf.com) and other regions are affiliated to this organisation (www.worldshitoryu.com).

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 plenty of opportunities available to students hoping to compete. Sensei Sandra is a former “elite athlete”.
[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. Parent

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.

Safe training

Decisions and actions at OKUKAN contribute to a safe environment, placing great importance on the safety of students. Sensei Sandra holds a Working with Children Check and understands First Aid principles. We make an effort to ensure free sparring is only practiced while wearing protective gear.

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.

Safety First

Working with Children’s Check
Current First Aid
Accredited Coach

KARATEKA’S CODE OF BEHAVIOUR: DOJO KUN

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.

SHITORYU’S FIVE WAY SPIRIT

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.

Okukan Membership

Membership is a once-off fee and helps cover our affiliations, ensuring 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.