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Welcome to the world of karate!

At Blackburn Karate, we are proud to provide:

  • a professional training environment with permanent safety features like fully-matted flooring
  • the highest standard of teaching delivered by internationally recognised instructors
  • a safe environment for children, with all instructors holding First Aid qualifications and Working With Children approvals
  • relationships and training events with the Australian Karate Federation and Kobe Osaka International
  • a fun and inclusive community for children and adults to strive for their personal best

Blackburn Karate Club is proud to be an Australian Karate Federation (AKF) affiliated club.
Led by two-time KOI world cup champion and 6th Dan blackbelt Richard Callaghan, our instructors are internationally assessed and government accredited.

Our Programs

Little Dragons 5–8

Young Warriors 9–15

Adult Karate 16+

Fitness Classes

Kids Karate

For over 30 years we have been delivering popular children’s classes that are about fun, fitness and learning to stay focused. Kids learn the physical skills of karate and the fundamentals of self-control and proper attitude. We empower kids to be the best they can be and take on challenges with dedication and discipline, while having fun and building strong social connections.

Karate kids are confident and resilient kids, ready for whatever the future may bring.

Adult Karate

Are you at your physical and mental best? Refined over thousands of years, karate is an excellent way to improve your mental and physical fitness and help you enjoy better wellbeing. We have classes for beginners and intermediate students, and separate advanced classes so that you train side-by-side with students at your level.

Whether you’ve never stepped into a dojo before or are set on earning your black belt, come down to our club and experience learning from our world-class instructors.

Shukokai Karate Style

Karate is a form of unarmed combat – karate meaning empty hand. Karate as a martial art was cultivated on the Japanese island of Okinawa during the 19th century.

Shukokai karate evolved from the Shitoryu style and was developed over a number of years by Chojiro Tani Sensei, a student of Kenwa Mabuni. Shukokai was developed to be more combat effective and is probably the most popular of all the Shitoryu styles practiced throughout the world today.

Blackburn Karate Club proudly teaches Shukokai karate in its traditional from.

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Key Instructor

Sensei Richard Callaghan 6th Dan


Sensei Richard Callaghan is the founder and Chief Instructor of our club. Rich is a 6th dan black belt and full-time professional karate practitioner. With two world cup kumite championships to his name and over twenty-four years of teaching experience,  Rich takes pride in passing on world-class knowledge and skills to our students.

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