Irashaimase! (Welcome)

If you're a prospective student, we recommend you view our Getting Started page.

Kancho Reece with Sensei Toshimitsu Arakaki.

Welcome to the Kodokan Matsubayashi-ryu Cummings Karate Dojo (also known as Karate Canberra).

Our dojo is the only full-time martial arts centre dedicated to the practice and preservation of Okinawan Karate-do and Kobudo located in Canberra (Mitchell, Gungahlin). We are also a registered non-profit organisation.

Our dojo has classes for kids (aged 8 - 13), teens/adults (aged 14+) and families, and caters for both complete beginners and those with experience. Our dojo teaches traditional Okinawan Matsubayashi-ryu (Shorin-ryu) Karate-do and Kobudo as founded by Osensei Shoshin Nagamine, Hanshi 10th Dan. If you're interested in starting classes, we recommended you get started here.

All classes are taught by internationally qualified instructors and have small classes sizes, aiming to provide you with the highest level of quality instruction of martial arts and Karate-do to Canberra and surrounding area. While Karate is an effective and practical form self defence, we do not consider it to just be the physical act of punching and kicking, but an avenue to help you develop a wide range of skill sets. Our two key goals are to assist you in improving your:

  1. Mind, through mental robustness, confidence / character development and discipline.
  2. Body, through physical conditioning, reflex / co-ordination development and practical self-defence skills.

The Cummings Karate Dojo is the Canberra branch of the Matsubayashi-ryu Karate Association of Australia (MKAA) under Sensei John Carlyle, as well as a direct member of the World Matsubayashi-ryu (Shorin-ryu) Karate-do Association (WMKA), Okinawa, Japan. Our head instructor, Kancho Reece, and the dojo is under the direct guidance of Sensei Toshimitsu Arakaki, Hanshi 10th Dan, Vice-President of the WMKA Okinawan Headquarters.

To better understand what our Karate dojo in Canberra offers and for more information about our classes, please browse through our website. Additionally, feel free to contact us with any questions or enquiries. We also offer two free lessons for you to try our classes out.

A personal message:
I would like to take the time to personally welcome you to our dojo, regardless of whether you have no experience, or have trained in the martial arts before. You are more than welcome to come along to our dojo, whether it is to join, or just train with us, and I look forward to meeting you.

Reece Cummings
Head Instructor / Branch Director (Kancho)

Members of the Cummings Karate Dojo in Canberra.