A vibrant community where individuals of all ages and genders come together to embrace the art of karate.

Ishinryu Karate offers martial arts experiences that cater to everyone. Located in Menai in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, our dojo welcomes you to embark on a transformative journey with Ishinryu Karate.

Shaping martial artists in the Sutherland Shire for over 40 years

Led by the esteemed Head of Style for Australia, Sensei Tony Hails 8th Dan, and Chief Instructor NSW, Sensei Alison Peachey 6th Dan, our dojo has cultivated an extensive team of accredited and experienced black belt instructors.

Uncover the benefits of karate

Classes for All Ages

From specially designed kids’ karate-skills classes, to inclusive family sessions and teen and adult classes, our karate classes cater to diverse age groups.

Competition Squad

For those looking to improve their competition potential, our dedicated competition squad is designed for you. Suitable for both emerging and established sport competitors of all ages and grades, our competition squad focuses on tactics, techniques and competition rules to help shape the competition athlete.

Holistic Development

Ishinryu Karate is more than physical training and self-defence; it’s a journey of self-improvement. Our experienced instructors focus on enhancing confidence, self-esteem, fitness and coordination.

Why Choose Ishinryu Karate?

Globally Recognised

Ishinryu Karate is the only Sutherland Shire karate dojo affiliated with the Australian and NSW Karate Federations. We are also proud members of the World Karate Federation, the sole karate federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

Proven Results

We take pride in developing students into capable martial artists, training over 3000 students in the last four decades.

We have produced national coaches, Australian representatives, and World Karate Federation accredited referees and coaches.

Inclusive Environment

Whether you’re an aspiring competitor or seeking practical self-defence, our dojo offers an inclusive and encouraging atmosphere.

  • Age Diversity: From our youngest students who have just turned 4 to dedicated practitioners and instructors in their 50’s and 60’s, we welcome individuals of every age.
  • Gender Equality: Almost half of our student body is female, highlighting our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • All Experience Levels: Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced martial artist, Ishinryu Karate is open to all. No martial arts experience is necessary, and there’s no specific level of fitness or flexibility required to start. 

β€œOur classes are designed to accommodate individuals at every stage of their martial arts journey.”


Join us for a journey to black belt and beyond, and experience the warmth of our family atmosphere.

Where to Find Us

Ishinryu Karate is located on the top level of the Menai Indoor Sports Centre β€” an excellent and convenient venue with regular classes scheduled during school terms and additional holiday camps and classes. There is ample undercover parking with lift and stair access.

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“I’m a student here and started 12 years ago when I was 7. I have received nothing but kindness, and support, and developed the dedication and motivation to continue all these years. Classes are suitable for a variety of times, whether you are a student going to school, an adult with a 9-5 job, or somewhere in-between :))

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Jonathan CStudent

“Wanted to find an activity my son enjoyed. He loves it. Everyone’s kind and helpful. He has fun yet works hard. Would definitely recommend it.”

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Damien NParent

“I highly recommend Ishinryu Karate. The dojo is not just family-friendly; it’s a cheerful hub of positivity. The senseis radiate expertise and genuine care, spending quality time with each student to perfect techniques. My child has blossomed with newfound confidence, impeccable coordination, and a deep respect for othersβ€”all thanks to the highly experienced, patient, and thoughtful senseis who go the extra mile to ensure every student excels. Ishinryu Karate is where technique meets laughter, making it an absolute joy for our family!

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Petra BParent

“My 10 yr old looks forward to her classes with Sensei Alison each week. It’s a great environment where not only the kids are taught self defence and discipline but the participants enjoy the mental and physical training.
We absolutely recommend Ishinryu Karate Aus – Menai ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

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Yvonne AParent

“Even though Ishinryu Karate (and this club) were founded by karate royalty, and the senior instructors have international and national experience, the dojo is incredibly friendly and family-oriented. New students are made to feel welcome and classes are fun, all the while training to a very high standard. Higher grade classes have an emphasis on good form and techniques that work. Thoroughly recommend!”

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Carsten S-PStudent

“After my daughter joined, instead of watching, i started to join in the classes. The instructors and class mates have all been supportive and welcoming to an out of shape dad.”

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Luke BParent and Student

“The best! My son loves Ishinryu. He is learning so much, we couldn’t ask for more.”

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Jessica BParent

“I would highly recommend Ishinryu Karate Australia to anyone who is considering joining an inclusive and supportive karate club. Both my children absolutely love their time at Ishinryu Karate. So much so, it has surpassed all other activities as their number one favourite! The instructors are a dedicated team who are most patient and understanding of each student’s strengths and abilities. Students are engaged and focused during their sessions. It is amazing to watch the camaraderie shown when students cheer for and encourage each other. I am continually surprised and impressed by how well my two have progressed in karate. With increased confidence in themselves and the resilience they have shown, the benefits have ultimately extended into our everyday lives.”

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Teresa GParent