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Ben Sensei and Biensy Senpai demonstrating at the 2024 AFTK ACT Seminar

Karate & Kobudo ACT Seminar

2024 AFTK ACT Seminar: Uniting Martial Arts Traditions in Canberra

The first Australasian Federation of Traditional Karate & Kobudo (AFTK) seminar of 2024 was a resounding success. Held at Kodokan Cummings Karate Dojo in Mitchell on Sunday, 3 March 2024, the event drew over 40 enthusiastic participants from members and non-members alike, representing various martial arts disciplines, including karate, kobudo, taekwondo, and more.

The seminar featured a meticulously curated program consisting of three immersive 1.5-hour sessions, each led by distinguished instructors revered within the martial arts community. The day commenced with an enlightening session by Adam Ball Sensei of Kenbukan Australia, who skillfully delved into the nuanced application of kata across different ranges, providing attendees with invaluable insights into the practical aspects of traditional karate techniques.

Continuing the momentum, our very own Ben Brillante Sensei, proudly representing Goshukan Karate Academy ACT, took centre stage to explore the art of flow sparring. Brillante Sensei's session seamlessly connected kata with self-defence principles, captivating participants with his innovative teaching methods and emphasizing the fluidity and adaptability inherent in martial arts practice.

The seminar reached its peak with a masterful session by Reece Cummings Sensei of Kodokan Cummings Karate Dojo, who delved into the intricacies of Saijutsu. Through his expertise, attendees discovered how to infuse function into form, bridging the gap between traditional martial arts and modern applications.

We extend our sincere gratitude to all the presenters, participants, and organizers whose dedication and support contributed to the resounding success of this seminar. Their commitment to fostering camaraderie and excellence within the martial arts community is commendable, and we look forward to continuing our collaborative journey of growth and discovery together.

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I have trained with Sensei Ben on multiple occasions, and each time he has shown to be a proficient practitioner and competent instructor. I encourage anyone in the area to consider his dojo. Context: I am not a student, but another martial arts school owner.
Reece Cummings
Reece Cummings
5 March 2024
Exceptional Karate Dojo Transforming Lives! We've been part of Goshukan Karate Academy for nearly a year now, and the positive impact it has had on my daughter's life is truly remarkable. Sensei Ben is not just an expert in karate but also an outstanding mentor who exudes professionalism in every aspect. Under his guidance, my daughter has not only honed her physical strength and self-defence skills but has also experienced a significant boost in confidence. The supportive and nurturing environment of the dojo has played a pivotal role in shaping her personality positively and it stands out as the only after-school activity that has made such a profound difference for us (and we've tried many!). Our heartfelt gratitude to the entire team for creating a space where personal growth is not just encouraged but celebrated. This dojo truly deserves its spot among the best, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a transformative and enriching martial arts journey.
Jenny Shaviv
Jenny Shaviv
13 January 2024
Great Sensei,Good Groupe and learning.
Davinder Singh
Davinder Singh
23 August 2023
A good place to cultivate kids’ sport spirit, guts, and manner.
黃永孚
黃永孚
15 June 2023
This dojo inspires, and is committed to students moving forward, regardless of where they are in their karate journey. The emphasis is on understanding what you’re doing and why; integrating your mind and body.
N Carnahan
N Carnahan
17 February 2023
Led by a very knowledgeable instructor in a family friendly environment of learning that doesn't compromise on the rigour or the finer points of the Go-Ju ryue karate-do. I am an adult with some prior exposure to the art. I joined the do-jo for health reasons along with my desire to advance in the art. Beginner classes have a diverse student body ranging from white belts to a couple of black belts enabling me to advance at my phase without having a shortage of support such as sparing partners. I recommend without reservations.
Sudantha Balage
Sudantha Balage
5 February 2023
Goshukan Karate Canberra has helped me begin my karate journey and gain confidence, fitness and greater mind body awareness. Goshukan Canberra also has a number of highly accomplished practitioners who are passionate about helping fellow students and providing a very welcoming atmosphere.
Beau Olsen
Beau Olsen
5 February 2023
After two years with no training, I came to Goshukan Karate Academy Canberra as almost a beginner again. It has been a wonderful experience to renew training and to have the help provided by Sensei Ben to overcome the differences from the style I trained in for the past 20 years. The support and camaraderie has been fantastic, and while the differences present a major challenge, I know I am making headway thanks to Sensei Ben and the Canberra team. Thank you for allowing me to train with with.
Tony Blackie
Tony Blackie
5 February 2023
GOSHUKA Karate Academy is one of the best in Canberra. Sensai Ben and his team teach you with a very high standard. If you a beginner or on black belt they respect you all the same and the students leave with more and more confidence after each class. I highly recommend them.
Aleksandar Trpeski
Aleksandar Trpeski
23 January 2022
Traditional Karate with a modern and practical approach. It's attention on what's important and high standard make it a significant level up from some other karate clubs around town.
Ben Pfitzner
Ben Pfitzner
7 January 2022