The JKAA Greater Melbourne Branch is a branch of the Japan Karate Association (JKA) Australia Inc. (JKAA). We commenced in January 2021 as a result of the amalgamation of three former JKAA branches – the North Melbourne, Point Cook and Eastern Suburbs (Mitcham) branches. The decision to amalgamate the branches was made with the aim of delivering more benefits to the branch members and, in turn, the JKAA national body.
Today, we continue to run our dojos at the three locations at North Melbourne, Point Cook and Mitcham.
Each of our dojos deliver karate classes suitable for everyone of all ages and skill levels. We are passionate about promoting the high standards of JKA karate and instilling in our members important character traits such as discipline, self-confidence, respect and empathy.
NISHIMURA TAKAATSU SHIHAN
Our branch was created under the guidance and supervision of the late Nishimura Takaatsu Shihan. Nishimura Shihan was the founder and former Chief Instructor of JKAA.
Nishimura Shihan was an influential figure in JKA, both within Australia and in Japan. He held the rank of 7th Dan and was a member of the JKA’s Shihankai. Nishimura Shihan was also the Director of the JKA Asia Oceania Region. He played an instrumental role in establishing JKA in Greece and Australia.
Nishimura Shihan’s comprehensive knowledge in JKA Shotokan karate techniques, theory and practices has notably established his credentials as one of Australia’s highest-ranking leaders in organisational administration management and knowledge of karate application and techniques. His reputation as one of the finest instructors, assessors and judges is notably established with his peers in Japan and Australia.
We, at the JKAA Greater Melbourne Branch, aim to continue to promote and practice the high standards of JKA karate in the way Nishimura Shihan had taught us.
OUR LOCATIONS & TRAINING SCHEDULES
|Instructor:||Michel Ross | 5th Dan|
|Address:||Mountview Uniting Church|
559-561 Whitehorse Road
Mitcham, VIC 3132
|9:15-10:30am||Brown Belts & Above|
NORTH MELBOURNE DOJO
|Instructors:||Bryan Zaldarriaga | 3rd Dan|
|Address:||North Melbourne Community Centre|
49-53 Buncle Street
North Melbourne, VIC 3051
|6:30-7:15pm||Childrens & Beginners Class|
|7:30-8:30pm||Adults & Advanced Class|
POINT COOK DOJO
|Instructors:||Edgar Zaldarriaga | 4th Dan|
Bryan Zaldarriaga | 3rd Dan
|Address:||Saltwater Community Centre|
153 Saltwater Promenade
Point Cook, VIC 3030
|5:30-6:20pm||Beginners | Under 16s|
|6:30-7:20pm||Beginners | 16 years & Above|
|7:30-8:30pm||Intermediate & Advance | All Ages|
|2:00-3:30pm||Intermediate & Advance | All Ages|
|Beginners may attend by|
request or invitation