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Ben Brillante Sensei doing a roundhouse kick at Goshukan Karate Academy Seven Hills dojo
In this photo is Ben Brillante Sensei executing a high roundhouse kick at Goshukan Karate Academy Seven Hills, NSW dojo.

Our Instructor's Profile

Read about Ben Brillante Sensei and his martial arts journey.

Ben Brillante Sensei is the ACT branch manager and a certified karate instructor for Goshukan Karate Academy. He tested and attained his 3rd Dan (Sandan) Black Belt certification in Osaka, Japan, with the Japan Karatedo Federation (JKF) Gojukai in August 2023, and his 3rd Dan (Sandan) Black Belt certification in Wollongong, NSW, with Goju-Ryu Karatedo Seiwakai in November 2022. As a martial arts instructor and school owner, Ben maintains his certifications in First-Aid and registration for "Working With Vulnerable People" with the ACT Government.

Ben's martial arts journey began in Western Sydney, NSW, in April 1996 with GKR Karate at age 18. He was mesmerised by the art and found himself training regularly, including joining the club's state tournament team and competing in numerous tournaments for several years. Ben graded to 1st Dan (Shodan) Black Belt with the club in 2000.

In 2002, Ben moved to Canberra, ACT, to begin his Bachelor of Graphic Design studies at the University of Canberra, putting his karate training on hold. And two short years later, in 2004, the local karate club International Karate Shobukai started classes at the university where Ben trained for several years, earning his 1st Dan (Shodan) Black Belt in 2008. While with Shobukai, Ben competed in several state National All-Styles tournaments, placing 1st and 2nd in all the sparring events he entered.

Later in 2008, Ben decided to give his martial arts training a break to devote more time to building a business and improving his skills in Latin dancing. His 12 years in Latin dance have taken him to many destinations around Australia and the world, teaching, choreographing and performing with his team in front of large audiences.

In May 2017, Ben resumed his martial arts journey with GKR Karate. And in 2018, he began to cross-train with Goshukan Karate Academy to further his knowledge of the martial art. In December of the same year, he attained his 2nd Dan (Nidan) Black Belt with GKR.

During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019-20 and while in lockdown, Ben's training with Goshukan Karate Academy became more frequent as the opportunity to train regularly via live camera feed became readily available. Then at the end of the lockdowns, Ben travelled to Sydney as often as he could for training with the club's chief instructor, Stacey Karetsian Shihan. Finally, in early 2021, after three years of training with Goshukan Karate Academy, Ben committed to extending the club's reach in the ACT, officially starting classes on 5 February 2021.

Outside karate training and teaching, Ben runs and manages his own software and web design company full-time. He leads teams, working closely with stakeholders designing and developing digital solutions for several high-profile organisations in Australia and overseas.

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Student and Parent Testimonials

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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