West Beach Karate Dojo, Adelaide

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

First lesson free

Students are often surprised that they can have fun while getting a tough workout. We are proud that we can provide one of the few activities for whole families to participate in together

Students are encouraged to arrive at their class 15 minutes early to warm up before training begins

Karate Dojo location & Contact Details

West Beach Primary School, Adelaide

South Australia

Ph: 0414510702

Training Times

Mondays & Thursdays

6:30pm to 7:30pm juniors (6-13) & beginners

7:30pm to 9pm seniors & advanced

New students can join any time.


Shihan Tracy Ellis is the Chikara Budo senior instructor. Tracy graded early this year with the International Budo Federation to Godan (5th level black belt) which carries the title of Shihan. With over 20 years karate experience which was mostly spent in karate training with the Go Kan Ryu karate club. Tracy also helped setup Yu Ki Do and was the elected secretary of the Australian Martial Arts Association (AMAA) from 2003 to 2005. She has also trained with Aiki Budo.

Sensei Damien graded to Sandan in December 2007 and has over 20 years martial arts experience. Most of this (over 10 years) was karate training with the Go Kan Ryu karate club. He then helped to setup a smaller karate club - Yu Ki Do before creating Chikara Budo with Tracy sensei. Damien has also trained with Aiki Budo and been a committee member of the AMAA.

About the Style we Practice

Karate fundamentals in our Chikara budo club are based on shotokan and goju ryu styles will train you in basic techniques, advanced techniques, kata, bunkai (practical applications) and kumite (non-contact sparring). Also covered are introductory jujitsu techniques including break falls, basic throws and basic locks

Within the Traditional Japanese Karate Network 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.

How to tie your belt

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

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 ew teach different approaches to a technique depending on your rank)