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Location

The Bondi Junction is located on level 1, corner of Ann and Gray Street, Bondi Junction. It is around the corner from the Bronte Road entrance of Westfield Shopping Centre, Bondi Junction. It is a short walk from the Bondi Junction railway station and bus terminal. There is also a bus stop at the end of Gray Street.

looking north to the front from the entrance
looking south to the back from the entrance
   
looking north to the front from the back
looking south to the back from the front

Classes

Adult beginners

Our beginners’ classes have been specifically developed for those who have very little or no martial arts training. Regular talks are held with each student to ensure they are obtaining the most from their training. After 10-12 weeks, there are able to participate in a grading and grade for their first belt – “the Red Belt” a step towards their first efficiency-fighting grade, “the Blue Belt” and onwards to the ultimate fighting and self-defence grade, “the Black Belt”. As each student advances in skill and grade many choose to take the opportunity and participate in competitions that are held on a local, State and National level.

Children’s Karate classes

Kyokushin Karate kids classes teach the meaning of respect and discipline. The class develops the child’s confidence in achieving their goals and helps them work together as a team. The children are encouraged to participate in such things as non-contact karate tournaments, where the emphasis is on participation rather than winning. This reinforces our very successful confidence-building program. It is of great satisfaction for Karate instructors to see shy kids develop an outgoing personality and aggressive kids turn into self-controlled and well-disciplined people. The self-defence program ensures that all students are run through self-defence techniques. The club has a good social atmosphere, a must for kids who want to learn effective self-defence and enjoy the fitness and mateship that training in Karate brings.

What to wear

At the start, we suggest that you wear comfortable clothing, such as a track suit bottom or long shorts and a tee shirt. If you wish to purchase a Karate uniform, they are available at the club.

Instructors

 

Chief Instructor - Hanshi John Taylor, 9th Dan

Hanshi
Taylor commenced training in Sydney in 1963. He continued his training at the World Headquarters in Japan in 1970-1971. Returning to Australia, he was elected Chairman of the Australian Kyokushin Karate Association (AKKA), a position that is still held by him. He was one of the foundation members of the Federation of Australian Karate-Do Organization (FAKO) and was elected the NSW President in 1977. Hanshi Taylor was responsible for organising the first Australian Full-Contact Karate Championships in 1977. Also, in the same year, he was elected as the coach of the Australian team for the World Kyokushin Open Karate Championships and held the position until retiring from the post in 1987. By this time he had obtained the rank of 7th Dan, making him one of the five highest grades in the world. In 1988, as part of the Australian Bicentenary, Hanshi Taylor organized the first Commonwealth Kyokushin Championships in Sydney, which was attended by the World Kyokushin Master (and founder), Sosai Oyama. In 1988 he was elected the Vice President of the World International Kyokushin Karate Organization (IKO). In 1999 he was promoted to 8th Dan. In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sport Medal for Karate by the Queen. In 2004 he was nominated for “Australian of the Year”. In 2007 he was promoted to 9th Dan by the International Kyokushin Karate Organization.


 

Sensei Ken Yoshida, 3rd Dan

Sensei Yoshida originally began training in Gojyu Ryu Karate in Tokyo, Japan in 1975 whereupon he attained 1st Dan in 1977. When he started work in Sydney in 1988, he began training in Kyokushin Karate at the Bondi Junction where he worked through the grades and then attained his Kyokushin Karate 1st Dan rank in 1994, and 2nd Dan in 1996 and then attained his current 3rd Dan rank in 1999. In addition to teaching the Saturday afternoon class, Sensei Yoshida has regularly officiated as Referee and Judge in Kyokushin Karate for over fifteen years at many regional, national and international events and tournaments.



 

Sensei Robert Lauretti, 3rd Dan



 

Sensei Naomi Ali, 3rd Dan

Sensei Ali (nee Woods) began her training in Tamworth in 1993 with Sensei Mark Tyson and then Bondi Junction with Hanshi John Taylor since 1995. She was inspired in her career by another Bondi Junction student, Sempai Jennie Rowley the Australian Open Lightweight Female Champion 1990-1993. Sensei Ali career highlights include the Australian Open Female Champion in 1997, 1998, 2000-2004; All Japan Open Champion in 1997; World Kyokushin Karate Champion in 2002 & 2004 & 2006. She is the only woman to ever complete the 50-man kumite (2000); and, if that wasn't enough, she completed the 100-man kumite in 2004.



 

Sempai John Volkers, 2nd Dan

Sempai Volkers began training in 1995 together with his children at Bondi Junction. He attained his Shodan in 2001 and then progressed to Nidan in 2005. In 2003 he won the Australian Veterans kata competition held by Kempo Ryu Karate organization after coming second the previous year. He regularly officiates (Judge, Referee, Marshal) at local, regional, state, national and international events. Sempai Volkers teaches the specialist kata class on Sunday mornings as well as general classes for the early birds on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


 

 

Sempai Simon Noble, 1st Dan
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