Japan Karate Association Brisbane​ Shotokan at Indooroopilly

"Karate-do begins with courtesy and ends with rei."
-Gichin Funakoshi, founder of shotokan karate.

DAYTIMELEVEL
Tuesday5:30 - 6:30 pmBeginner & Intermediate

6:30 - 7:30 pm
Advanced
Thursday5:30 - 6:30 pmBeginner & Intermediate

6:30 - 7:30 pm
Advanced
Saturday8:00 - 9:00 amBeginner

9:00 - 10:30 amCombination

Class Schedule

One of my many moments of correction from Sensei Mori, 9th Dan.  USA Fall Camp 2005.

Instructor Shaun Walters, 4th Dan (since 2001)

Japan Karate Association member since 1986.

After 27 years of training under Master Masataka Mori, 9th Dan, in New York City I've moved to Brisbane, Australia.  Within the New York City dojo I was an Instructor for 20 years and have competed in both the USA Nationals and the JKA World Championships representing the USA in both Kata and Kumite. While in the NYC dojo, part of my teaching responsibilities was to run a Kumite class for advanced black belts.

A graduate of the USA JKA Shotokan Karate-Do International (SKDI) Instructor's training "A course" (2-years long) and "B course" (2-years long). JKA Level C - Instructor, D - Judge, and D - Examiner. We are a member of JKA Australia, www.jkaaustralia.com.au.


JKA Indooroopilly has only been in operation for a few years, for the 1st year we were only 3-members (each have recently become black belts), but have been growing every year since our inception.  

DOJO KUN (precepts of Karate-do)

Seek perfection of character.
Be faithful.
Endeavor.
Respect others.
Refrain from violent behaviour.

WHAT IS "DO"?

"Do", means "the way".  Karate practice allows the participant to develop character and learn to live by following the "dojo kun".  It also develops both mental and physical stamina.  However, it is very important that the student never give up, but persists, no matter what the situation may be.  Without an earnest effort, without perseverance, the student will never understand the true spirit of karate-do.

KARATE PRACTICE CONSISTS OF THREE MAJOR TYPES OF EXERCISES.

Kihon (basics)
The elementary building blocks of karate: stance, posture, coordinated body movement, and concentration upon the opponent.  These provide a sound foundation.  If the basics are strong, it is easy to develop more advanced techniques.


Kata (form)
A pre-arranged sequence of techniques and movements stimulating combat against multiple imaginary opponents.  This specialized method of training is a rational extension of basics, offering situations in which certain attacks and defenses would be applicable.  Kata is performed solo or in precision teams, and offers practice in combinations of techniques, focus and release of tension, breath control, and rhythm.  Each level of karate study has its prescribed kata that trains the student, mentally and physically, for the next more advanced level.


Kumite (sparring)
As with kata, each level of training has its prescribed method of sparring, from the formal five or three-step sparring of the basic level (when the targets and attacker/defender are pre-arranged), to the free sparring of the most advanced level, when the participants themselves act/react spontaneously with attacks/blocks, using timing distance, and strategy.  But always, the attack is arrested just before body contact is made, requiring extreme body control, and mental discipline.


BEGINNERS

There is a one-month beginner's course offered.  This class meets twice a week for one hour.  A uniform is not required for beginners; they may practice in a loose fitting and body concealing clothes.  Upon completion of the beginner's course, the student may practice in the mixed level classes; a uniform is then mandatory.

FEES

All fees are payable in advance at the beginning of each month.  Beginner's and new students may join at anytime and will be charged an adjusted monthly fee after the first week free trial.

EXAMINATIONS

Kyu ranking examinations are held every three months.  You will be tested on Kihon, Kata, and Kumite appropiate for your level from material that was covered in class.

DOJO ETIQUETTE

Bow when you enter and leave the dojo.

Please try and be on time.  However, we believe that it is better to arrive late and train, than to not train at all.

Uniforms must be clean and in good condition.  Toenails and fingernails must be kept short in order to avoid injury to yourself and to others.  No jewelry (rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc.) may be worn during class.