Salisbury Shito-ryu Karate Dojo - Adelaide

First lesson free

  • Personal Development primary focus
  • Practical Self Defence
  • Traditional & Competition
  • Coordination Building & Non-contact

New students can join any time.


Salisbury Primary School

10 Compuda Street, Salisbury

South Australia 5108

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 Network is deliberately made up of sensei from differing styles and not badged as one organization, but rather as karate dojo(s) ensuring excellence in karate's traditions upholding the dojo environment and bunbu-ryodo.

The specific style we practice in the Salisbury Dojo 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.

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.


Hamil with 2 of his Students and McLinton Sensei at the Australian Traditional Karate Championships

Primary instructor

Born in Bhutan, Himal was forced into exile in 1992 and lived in UNHCR assisted camps in eastern Nepal. Himal started learning Shito Ryu Karate Do in the camp run by exiled Bhutanese Karate Association and got his black belt in 1998 under the supervision of Nepal Karate Federation. Himal worked as a volunteer instructor in the camp for more than 5 years imparting martial art skills to both young people and adults. Himal participated in different tournaments at district, zonal and international levels while in Nepal and received number of medals and citations.

After resettlement in Australia, Himal has been undertaking Traditional Shito Ryu Karate Do at Campbelltown Dojo with Sensei Sarven McLinton and has participated in championships in 2018 and 2019 in South Australia as part of the Traditional Japanese Karate Network in Australia.

Our karate club in Salisbury SA, supported by individuals and families from Bhutanese community and Himal will serve as the head instructor.

The club has its roots in Nepal, while its founding leaders were living in exile as refugees. From this Nepal base, the later years has seen others like Himal incorporate under the name of Druk International Shito Ryu Karate Do Association (DISKA) and in particular note North America (where DISKA consists of 10 other shito-ryu dojos spread across 10 cities. See a list of all of featured dojos here...).

DISKA is pleased to be provided with mentoring support from key Shito-ryu instructors who have lived and trained in Japan such as Shihan Jason Armstrong (7th dan, a regular teacher in the US & Australia) and Sensei Sarven McLinton (4th Dan, Australia). Additionally, US Network Shito-ryu sensei include, Nick Lukich of Colorado and Grant Ribbink of Seattle.

Class types

Kids Under 12`s Classes:

These classes are designed to develop basic motor skills (like balance and hand-eye coordination) whilst also introducing younger children to the traditional aspects of martial arts. Instructors reinforce discipline and etiquette whilst maintaining a good balance between serious training and light-hearted games designed to improve their karate. Confidence building exercises and school bullying are also covered. These classes maintain a high instructor-to- student ratio to ensure your child is receiving quality attention.

Training Fees

First lesson free

Beginners don't need karate uniforms

- we stock for you to purchase if you decide to sign up .

You can simply pay for training on a monthly basis, or receive a discount for paying for a term which is a 3-month block (Term 1 Jan-Mar; Term 2 Apr-Jun; Term 3 Jul- Sep; Term 4 Oct-Dec).

We train continuously throughout the year, including during school and university holidays. The only break we take off training is during the Christmas and New Year holiday.

Individual: $40/month (or $100/term)

Training for one adult or one child, which covers attendance to classes per week as available for a whole month.

(plus a once a year fee of $25 to cover insurance)

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).

Dojo Location Map

Adult Classes: Adult classes see a variety of people, from high-school students, working parents, all ranging from their teens to their 50`s - age is never a barrier. Classes are designed to suit anyone in any physical condition, whether you are just looking to get fit, or if you want to be pushed to your limit. Adult classes deal with self-defence scenarios, physical conditioning, mental conditioning and meditation.

Advanced Classes: Multiple advanced training options at our Network seminars and camps around Adelaide during the year. At our dojo location we will also host 2 hour seminars twice a year by inviting Shihan Jason Armstrong and Sensei Sarven Mclinton to talk on topics and techniques which are not covered on regular classes. The students will be informed in advance about the details of seminar.

Videos on Basic Technique for White to Orange belts:

- filmed mid-1990s with an adult focused teaching style

2. Basic Punch...

3. Introduction to Stances...

4. Introduction to Reverse Punch...

5. Introduction to Lower Block...

6. Introduction to kick (knee/ankle lift variant 1)...

7. Introduction to Kiai...

8. Upper Block...

9. Punching Harder & Faster...

10. What is Kata...

11. Basic Karate Drills...

Note: These videos cover an initial understanding of technique in one variant (even in our style of shito-ryu, we teach different approaches to a technique depending on your rank)

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