The term Martial Arts has a broad meaning encompassing, Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu or Gung Fu, Judo, Silat, Aikido, Jiujutsu (Jujutsu, Jujitsu), Muay Thai (Thai boxing), Ninjutsu, Hapkido and Tai Chi. Collectively the Japanese Martial Arts are summarised by the term Budo (Warrior Way), in the West we have called them Fighting Arts or Martial Arts.
Karate alone has many styles within it. Some of the more prominent ones in Australia include Chito-Ryu, Shotokan , Kyokushin, Kempo and Go Kan Ryu (GKR Karate).
It is widely recognised that the Martial Arts have far reaching benefits that go beyond the self defence aspects. Participants learning the Martial Arts worldwide attest to an overall improved lifestyle from their training. These benefits include: physical benefits such as improved fitness, higher energy levels, greater strength and flexibility; mental benefits include stress relief, strong focus, concentration, clarity of thought and the development of character traits such as self discipline, self control and self confidence. Additional benefits reveal themselves in everyday life in a wide variety of ways including: weight loss, back pain relief and the strength to give up smoking, improved grades at school and better time management.
Choosing the right Martial Art can get confusing. Irrespective of which Martial Art you as a potential student may wish to learn, whether Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu or some of the lessor known fighting systems; your decision needs to be based on the quality of the teaching staff, the facility and the curriculum content.
The Australian Institute of Karate offers students the highest quality of teaching staff. The Institute's Principal, Renshi Mike Noonan has a 6th Degree Black Belt and holds the “Master Teacher” title (Renshi). Our Tournament Coach, Sensei Shane Ker is a 3rd Degree Black Belt.
The Institute offers first class full time facilities with much thought having gone into the design and fit-out. This includes a pristine timber floor in addition to a matted area, traditional weight training facility and bag-work areas, all in a well lit, safe environment.
The Institute offers a 12 Step Black Belt program that when followed guarantees that each student will achieve a Black Belt along with the level of personal excellence that is often associated with the rank.
Children particularly benefit from Institute's Kids Karate classes. Our 12 step Black Belt program teaches children the values of perseverance and commitment, enabling them to recognise that they can achieve their goals when they are broken down into smaller pieces.
The Australian Institute of Karate is located in Sydney’s St George region in Peakhurst within walking distance to Mortdale station. It provides Martial Arts training to students from all over Sydney in particular students from surrounding suburbs of Peakhurst, Mortdale, Oatley, Penshurst, Lugarno, Riverwood, Beverly Hills, Hurstville, Blakehurst, Connells Point, Roselands, Allawah, Carlton and Padstow.
Karate classes and private Karate lessons are held Monday through to Saturday. Download the current training schedule [PDF].
The Australian Institute of Karate is proudly sponsored by Sanders Noonan, St George's leading Real Estate Group.