Blackwood Karate Dojo - Adelaide

First lesson free

Goju Ryu Blackwood Primary is a kids karate club.

New students can join any time.

Training Times


5:30pm to 6:30pm

Beginners don't need karate uniforms - we stock for you to purchase if you decide to sign up for a term.

Callum Monaghan (3rd Dan) began his training in 1998 in a variant of Goju-Kai. Obtaining his Nidan in this style, he was asked to take over running the Blackwood Primary School Dojo in 2009 from Adrian Cartland Sempai and the Blackwood Dojo in 2013. In 2015 Callum joined the Traditional Japanese Karate Network moving his classes across to a more Goju-Ryu style. As well as Karate Callum also holds the rank of Shodan in Iaido and trains in Judo with the Adelaide Uni Judo Club.

Phone: 0415396654

Blackwood Primary School Seymour St, Eden Hills SA 5050


Training fees are paid at the start of each school term, they are:

$100 for Adults (18 years and over)

$95 for Intermediates (14 to 18 years)

$90 for Juniors (5 to 14 years)

Because this is a family oriented club, subsequent members of the same family receive a 50% discount.

If you start part way through a term the fees are pro-rated.

There is also a $60 annual membership fee to cover insurance paid at the start of term 3.

Junior Classes:

Junior karateka (karate practitioners) are expected to learn four main curriculum areas: Kata, Bunkai, Kihon/Ito, and Kumite. They train non-contact when striking, though some activities require touch contact – for example, when practicing an escape from a hold. The class is at times split up by belt level for certain activities, particularly to learn kata.

Kata are patterns of movements – like a choreographed dance. These teach a student essential blocks, strikes, stances and more, and can be practised alone or performed in time with a group.

Bunkai are self-defence applications derived from the movements in kata. These are practiced in pairs, with one person taking on the role of the attacker and the other defending themselves using a series of movements from their kata.

Kihon and Ido are short sets of basic movements practiced repetitively. While Kihon are performed standing still, Ido are done whilst moving. An example of a Kihon/Ido is Jodanzuki - chudanzuki (high punch - mid punch). This will typically be practiced in sets of ten repetitions.

Kumite is sparring (free fighting). All juniors fight non-contact matches. A subset of Kumite is Ippon Kumite (one-step sparring), in which one partner performs a single attack, and the other responds by blocking/moving and then counter attacking.

Adults’ Classes

Adults are expected to cover the same major curriculum area as juniors (Kata, Bunkai, Kihon/Ito, Kumite), with two major differences: adults train with some optional contact, and are required to have a basic knowledge of grappling, including falls, rolls, and throws.

What we do

We train in traditional Goju-Ryu Karate. This style has an emphasis on respect, traditional values and self-development. The classes are challenging, but also cater to people of all ability levels.

Training in Goju-Ryu Karate will help develop:

Self Defence

Sporting ability




Goju Ryu Magill Primary is a family oriented club. On Saturdays the children’s and adults’ classes are run concurrently, and parents and children are encouraged to train and develop together.

Belts & Ranks:

At the end of each school term we have a belt test. The student may end up with any of the following outcomes:

  • no rank change if not quite ready
  • a change in level
  • the addition of a stripe (1 black stripe exists at each rank color)
  • belt colour change

How to tie your belt

You need to be able to for your belt test if you are 6yrs old or older