At Bungendore Traditional Karate we dedicated to practicing, preserving and instructing Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate. Our purpose of to improve the Bungendore community, one individual at a time through the practice of traditional Karate. We offer Karate tuition to kids, teens, adults and families to members of the Bungendore community and its surrounds.
The style we train in is Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, a complete martial art with lineage that can be traced back over many centuries. Rich in history and culture, Goju-Ryu Karate is a martial art that enhances the physical and mental health of its practitioners. Goju-Ryu translates to ‘hard & soft style’, a concept that underpins our extensive curriculum.
Our classes traditional warm-ups, basic skills, close quarter fighting, long distance and ground fighting. At the heart of Karate is the kata, a series of choreographed movements in which a student uses to practice physical and mental responses to a range of real life situations.
We do not focus on beating others but on overcoming our own minds and pushing our own limitations developing coordination, confidence, discipline and strength. By training our minds and bodies we maintain a physical and mental health, promoting our own well-being and assisting others to do the same.
Bungendore Traditional Karate is a member of Canberra Traditional Karate Centres locally, Australian Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation Nationally and International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation Internationally. To find out more about our history and lineage, visit www.australiakarate.com.
We believe that traditional karate has something to offer everyone regardless of age, gender, race or background and we sincerely look forward to having you join us in our classes.
We welcome students of all abilities and experience to join our Karate family. Our instructors are internationally accredited and promote a safe inclusive environment to learn in and one that fosters respect for self and others.
Join now and experience the difference of traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, traditional Karate for the modern world.
Sensei Kev Kennedy
Our classes are led by Sensei Kev Kennedy (2nd Dan Black Belt), a former Australian soldier with 22 years’ service. Sensei Kev first started training in Shotokan Karate in 1988, achieving 3rd Kyu Brown Belt. In 1993 he discovered Goju Ryu Karate and has never looked back, earning his 1st Dan Black Belt in March 1995.
After moving to Bungendore, Sensei Kev commenced training in Okinawan Goju-Ryu, a similar but slightly different style to what he had previously trained. Although having trained in Goju-Ryu for many years, he emptied his cup and started again as a white belt in February 2014. Sensei Kev progressed through the ranks quickly and earned his 1st Dan Black Belt in May 2016, and his 2nd Dan in May 2018.
Sensei Kev is a student of the Australian Chief Instructor, Sensei Joe Roses, 7th Dan, whom he trains with on a weekly basis. Sensei Kev has travelled extensively for Karate to train with senior instructors in our style, having travelled to New Zealand, USA, Tokyo and Okinawa Japan on multiple occasions.