About Ishinryu Karate

Ishinryu – meaning ‘all of one heart’

Interview with Ticky Donovan in 2013

Interview with Ticky Donovan in 2013

Ishinryu was founded by its world chief instructor Sensei Ticky Donovan 10th Dan OBE in 1973. Taught by Japanese karate masters of Kyokushinkai, Wado-Ryu and Shotokan, Sensei Donovan combined the knowledge and skills he had gained to develop his own system of karate and opened his first club in Dagenham, London.

Memberships & Accreditations


  • NSW Karate Federation
  • Australian Karate Federation
  • World Karate Federation – the only karate federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee

What do these memberships mean for you?

  • Instructors and students have sports insurance
  • Instructors are accredited and work within the parameters of Sport Australia
  • Instructors hold their WWCC and have first aid qualifications
  • Ishinryu Karate is proudly the only dojo in the Sutherland Shire with these honours, making us the only pathway to national representation.


  • Sports Australia 
  • Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) 
  • World Karate Federation accredited coach – Head of Style Sensei Tony Hails 8th Dan
  • World Karate Federation accredited referee – Chief Instructor Sensei Alison Peachey 6th Dan

Our Mission

Ishinryu Karate aims to develop its students into capable karateka (karate specialist), while increasing their confidence, self esteem, fitness and coordination. I 

Our members range in age from 4 to 60+, meaning that no matter your age, you can join a fun and welcoming martial arts community. We have dedicated kids and family classes plus a  competition squad for both emerging and established sport competitors for all grades.

Ishinryu Karate promotes a family-friendly atmosphere, and encourages members to work towards achieving their black belt and beyond. With experienced instructors, the club provides a safe and supportive environment, and offers classes for everyone from children to competitive athletes. Joining the club offers an opportunity to improve fitness, self-defence skills, and confidence.