Karate for Kids (8-12 Years)

Thoughts from a parent & Sensei…

“It is often frustrating as a parent to see your child take a defeatist view into any given task or activity before they even try, putting in less than they’re capable of because they don’t believe they can succeed. You may be proudly confident that they can achieve more but they can’t be convinced. I have experienced this personally, as a child and as a parent. The discipline of Traditional Karate was the instrument that opened my eyes and taught me that not only could I succeed in Karate, but I could succeed in other areas of my life, through commitment, effort and taking myself beyond my pre-conceived comfort levels.
The Australian Institute of Karate (AKA Tasseikan Dojo) believes in the worth and potential of all children. The Institute’s goal is to provide a valuable foundation and accompaniment to a child’s education and growth into becoming productive member of society – particularly in the area of character development; resilience, persistence, self-discipline, respect, self-worth and confidence, helping to mould a well-rounded and grounded young adult.
Not only is Traditional Karate a great way to exercise and develop phsyiology and motor skills, regular training produces stronger and more flexible bodies, self-defence skills and gives students the confidence to be able to resolve conflict by walking away where possible.”


The Karate Kids classes are a considerable step-up from the introductory level below (Little Dragons 4-7 years). There is an expanded technical curriculum that gives children a more serious window into the basics of controlled self defence. Muscle control and power development are a focus, accompanied by flexibility and strength.

Fun and discipline can come together and work hand in hand

There are lots of laughs and the odd tear in class, as children are pushed to and even beyond their perceived limits, developing persistence in the face of adversity and expanding the students’ views of their own potential.

The grading syllabus is similar to the adult syllabus and on grading day students are expected to perform at the required level. Importantly, not everyone gets a prize. Children are taught that preparation is required for success and from time to time it is important in life to learn the hard lesson of failure for not having committed to preparation for success. As the ‘coloured belts’ progress students may have several attempts to gain a belt, teaching them to view previous failures as a reference for learning and thereby using failure as a motivation for success.

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Training under Michael Noonan Sensei is exhilarating as he draws on his vast knowledge and experience to deliver lessons that are packed with information and insight. An hour feels like 10 minutes when training with Noonan Sensei. He is approachable and always happy to answer questions and provide guidance. I would highly recommend anyone considering learning karate to visit Noonan Sensei’s Tasseikan dojo for a friendly, supportive environment to learn practical, traditional karate.

Samantha Lenton (Adult Student)

The sensei is an amazing teacher. He really has a passion for his art and inspires his students. This type of karate is really good for kids to learn discipline and commitment. I’ve been coming here for 6 years and it’s like family here, so welcoming and friendly.

Jeanette Marshall (Parent)

I have trained at this dojo since I was 9years old. Sensei Noonan is the absolute best Sensei in Australia. The dojo gives me a sense of belonging and all of the students make you feel welcome and part of the family. Training here for 5years, I have built confidence, my mental state has gotten better and as well as my physical state. I LOVE IT HERE. I couldn’t think of any other place where I would belong. I recommend this dojo to everyone. No matter your age, weight or appearance, everyone is accepted into the family.

Corydalis L (Student – 14 years old)