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How to choose a karate club

The NSW Karate Federation offers great advice on how to choose a club.

Because karate is not a regulated activity by the government authorities in the state, great care should be exercised when selecting a club.

Some points include:

•    Examine your options.
•    Check out the maturity and the qualifications of the instructor and credibility of the school.
•    Ensure that the instructors have earned the black belts from an accredited karate school.
•    Be wary of contracts and commitments.
•    Observe if they are members of the NSW Karate Federation inc. 

At Ishinryu Karate Australia we strongly advise that you research the club that will be best for you.

We will insist that you have a free class to be certain that karate is an art that you wish to pursue.

The gradings of our instructors are directly endorsed by our worldwide founder Sensei Ticky Donovan OBE 9th Dan.

We have no contracts! Only training fees that need to be paid in advance for the term (and you can change your training plan from term to term).

And we most certainly are very active members of the NSWKF, with athletes, coach and referee prominent at NSW, national and international events.

Being a member gives us the following benefits:

•    Government accreditation.
•    Special coaching course.
•    Part of the Australian Karate Federation.
•    Opportunity to take part in NSW and national AKF endorsed tournaments.
•    Opportunity to represent Australia in Karate at international tournaments
•    Participate in refereeing courses and gain referees licenses for State, National, and International levels.

We have satisfied the requirements of membership, those being:

•    Properly qualified and accredited Instructors.
•    Acceptable teaching curriculum.
•    Balance between Kihon (basics), Kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).
•    Appropriate curriculum for men, women, and children.
•    Manifest discipline in classes.
•    Respect to Instructor and proper attitude of instructors and students.
•    Proper regard to safety factors during training.
•    Adequate safety and amenities in the dojo venue.
•    Acceptable criteria for learning, grading and development.
•    Ethics and conduct in the Dojo.

Membership means that our dojos have been inspected and meet the standard required and that our instructors are accredited via the Australian Sports Commission.