Fig Tree Pocket Shito-Ryu Karate Dojo - Brisbane
First lesson free
Personal Development primary focus
Practical Self Defence
Traditional & Competition
Coordination Building & Non-contact
New students can join any time.
2021 Term 2 classes from: Sat 24th April
Join any time during term & 1st lesson FREE
2021 Sign-up towards bottom of this page
Belt rank test 2021 Term 2 is on Sat 12th of June.
Normal training time are below but we are currently not running classes due to COVID-19. We have ramped up kids video content for learning on our Kids YouTube channel to help keep our kids engaged.
Tuesdays (all ranks)
6pm to 7pm
Combined kids and adult classes are held at:
9am till 9:40 am for Little Tigers (4-6yr olds)
9am to 9:50am for white to orange belts
10am to 11am Orange to Green to Black
Beginners don't need karate uniforms - we stock for you to purchase if you decide to sign up for a term.
Four lead instructors exist & a number of senpai who are shown in the above image in the club with the highest ranked instructor being Dr Jason Armstrong who is a 7th degree black belt & is someone who has lived in Japan (picture below doing the conditioning & breathing kata sanchin). Jason's own 10yr old daughter & 12yr old son are two of the class members (pictured above in Japan 2018). Jason has been training karate for over 35 years and teaching since 1986, his key focus in karate over the years has been personal and character development derived from the traditions of the art. He has competed at international levels in his younger years and trained for a number of years while living in Japan.
This is for Traditional Japanese Karate Network students only, who wish to purchase a Shito-ryu embroided karate uniform. Once purchased, you can pick up your uniform up at your dojo from your instructor. We will determine the required size at the dojo.
First lesson free
Beginners don't need karate uniforms
- we stock for you to purchase if you decide to sign up for a term
As with all our networked clubs cost is approx $11 per lesson - but fees are actually paid on a full term basis.
(plus a one off fee each year of $25 to cover insurance)
About the Style we Practice
We are a member of the Traditional Japanese Karate Network which is an international organization stemming from Japan based-training. The specific style we practice is Shito-Ryu Karate which was founded by Kenwa Mabuni. Shito-Ryu possess the kata of both Goju and Shotokan and offers a good balance of “linear and fast/hard” with “round and soft”, therefore, these three major traditional karate styles are innately connected via their Okinawan origins hundreds of years ago. We honour this age-old tradition and so enjoy training and welcome students from the many forms of martial arts & beginners, to come into our dojo and train with other like minded people. See Shihan Jason Armstrong's karate bio page (he is a 7th degree black belt & the primary instructor for Australia).
We have a great support network with 7th & 8th degree black belts in Japan, United States and Australia who sit on our grading panels, run seminars and attend our camps.
Kata: The first kata in our shito-ryu style is called Shihozuki . Shihouzuki translates to the method/way of 4 punches. Following the shihozuki kata, the kids move onto Juni no kata (also known as Taikyoku) for late orange belt to green belt. Below is Shihouzuki kata.
To see a video of our first basic kata in a slow pattern walk through click here...
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
for kids, the addition of a stripe (Kyu level changes)
belt colour change
The traditional martial arts as passed to us from Japan is aimed at life learning lessons. Therefore belt testing is always a competency & effort based test, with age & size factored in (i.e. people are not simply promoted for participating).
2021 Term 2 Karate Registration & Payment:
We kick off on Saturday 24th April. The last Saturday class will then be 19th of June. You can pay via credit card or PAYPAL via the paypal interface.
The below rates for more than 1 student incorporate the discounts described in the footnote of this section.
Each student in the club must have paid the once/year $25 insurance fee in addition to term fees.
Please choose 1 of 3 options for class on top of annual insurance:
In all sai classes, even for solo training, kids will be required to wear safety glasses.
2021 Term 2 Weapons Training - Sai & Bo
For green belt and above only we kick off weapons training in 2020.
Students under 13 years of age will use rubber sai in the beginning and only be allowed to handle metal sai once they are a 1st Kyu Brown belt (regardless of rank, no partner work will ever be done with metal sai, only rubber; metal sai are for kihon/kata). Rubber/plastic sai must be ordered from here to be sure we all have the same type for safety standards. Foam coated Bo used for kids for safety for all partner drills. Lessons are $5 per 30min lesson (held each Saturday at 9:00-9:30am & led by Hugh senpai).
Given these are weapon lessons, strict behaviour patterns are required to prevent being disqualified from these lessons.
Payment for final 3 lessons of Term 3:
Belt Test registration Term 2
Belt rank test Term 2 is on Sat 12th of June:
Please complete the registration by paying via the below link. Given the FTP club size, your dojo instructor will receive information that lets them distinguish who/how many in your family is testing.