Location: PCYC Dojo Room (upstairs)

Mixed: 7:00pm – 8:30pm 


Location: PCYC Dojo Room (upstairs)

Beginners: 8:45 – 9:30am 

Mixed: 9:30am – 11:00am

The 3 key areas of training

Training in Shotokan Karate mainly focuses on development and practice in 3 key elements called Kihon, Kata, and Kumite.   These 3 key areas all work together to give you a well balanced training program, and a demonstrated proficiency in each of these areas are required for progression to the next level.   

Here is a short description on how we approach each of these at North Sydney dojo, but the best way to understand these are to experience it for yourself.


Kihon can be described as isolating the learning and practice of the techniques and skills needed for kata and kumite. 

It generally consists of: 

  • stances, position, and posture
  • hand techniques such as blocks, punches, and strikes, 
  • foot techniques such as kicks, and foot sweeps
Training Kihon comes in many forms, and is adjusted to the abilities and levels of experience in the group, so that each class meets the needs of the various levels of experience in the group.


Kata are specific techniques performed solo in a pre-set combination requiring movement in different directions, whilst executing hand and/or foot techniques.  Karate-ka should perform the kata, with the same sprit and awareness as needed to defend themselves.  

With consistent practice of kata, the karate-ka develops focus, awareness of breathing and timing of techniques which can then be applied in kumite.

We practice the kata's in the Shotokan Karate International Australia (SKIA) system,  based on the teachings and legacy of Soke Kanazawa, and now Kancho Kanazawa and Murakami Shihan (Chief Instructor, SKIF Japan).


Kumite involves  applying all the skills learned and practiced in kihon and kata, and applying them in attacking and defending scenarios, with a partner (opponent) in a safe and controlled environment, and consists of free form (sparring), or pre-determined combinations.  The SKIA syllabus introduces kumite in a stepped approach leading to more complex combinations and free sparring (jyu kumite).

At North Sydney dojo, we practice the SKIA kumite syllabus, whilst adding a broader experience for the karate-ka and including  a variety of open skill exercises to enhance development of reaction speed, and instinct. 

Any jyu-kumite (free sparring), is always done under supervision of experienced instructors and with protective equipment.