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A Moment of Pride and Celebration

Five of our dedicated karatekas were presented with their official Seiwakai and JKF Gojukai black belt grade certifications.

It was the early hours of Saturday, 6 July 2024, when seven of our members set off for a special training journey. With the clock striking 4:00 am, we gathered, ready to make our way to the Goshukan Karate Academy headquarters dojo in Seven Hills, NSW. The drive was long, but the excitement and anticipation of the day ahead kept our spirits high. Arriving well before the 9:00 am start time, we had ample opportunity to settle in and prepare for the training session ahead.

The first half of our 3-hour training session was dedicated to enhancing our technique and execution, reinforcing our understanding of the Goju-Ryu foundation. The meticulous training pushed us to refine our skills and deepen our knowledge of the core principles that define our karate practice.

Following a short break, we divided into two groups to concentrate on specific kata. The first group dedicated themselves to Saifa and Seiyunchin kata, while the second group focused on Shisochin and Sepai kata. This arrangement facilitated a more personalised coaching from our mentors, Glenn Stephenson Shihan, Stacey Karetsian Shihan, and Michael Patrick Shihan, ensuring each karateka received tailored guidance to help enhance their skills and understanding of the different forms.

The session concluded with a moment of pride and celebration. Five of our members were awarded their official Seiwakai Goju-Ryu and Japan Karate-Do Federation Gojukai black belt certifications. Mick, Biensy, Justin, and Pat received their Shodan certification in Seiwakai, a recognition of their hard work and dedication since their testing in November last year. Ben Sensei was awarded his Sandan JKF Gojukai certification, a testament to his expertise and commitment, following his test in Osaka, Japan last August.

This trip to the Goshukan Karate Academy headquarters was more than just a training session; it was a significant milestone in our ongoing journey of mastery in Goju-Ryu karate. The dedication and achievements of our members inspire us all at Goshukan Karate Academy ACT.

We extend our gratitude to Stacey Karetsian Shihan for hosting this enriching session at his dojo and congratulate our members on their well-deserved certifications. Together, we continue to strive for excellence, upholding the principles and traditions of Goju-Ryu karate.

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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