CLASSES

At the Cummings Karate Dojo we offer the highest quality instruction in traditional Okinawan martial arts, including Karate-do (Matsubayashi-ryu/Shorin-ryu) and Kobudo (classical weapons). This means that you will learn about:

  1. Heightened co-ordination & reflexes
  2. Discipline
  3. Confidence
  4. Fitness, health, stamina & flexibility
  5. Cultivation and life-style development including courtesy and respect
  6. Culture and history
  7. Stress management skills
  8. Protecting yourself and others through practical self defence skills (and anti-bullying tactics for children)


Our style of Karate-do (Matsubayashi-ryu) is characterised by natural, flowing, fluid and snap, or whip-like techniques. It is a kata-based system with a strong focus on practical and realistic applications. This means that anyone, despite age, gender or ability can practice Karate. We also teach traditional Okinawan Kobudo (weapons) to select students.

We endeavour to keep class sizes small, and at no more than 20 students in each class in order to ensure an effective teacher-to-student ratio is maintained.

Our dojo is not a commercial school, and while we encourage everyone to enquire about joining, we only accept those who will be serious and dedicated to their training as students, and are happy to recommend other dojo to you if we are not the appropriate school for you. Adult students are required to commit to training at least twice per week. Our dojo in located in Gungahlin, Mitchell.

The primary training involves activities such as kihon (basics), kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). Through these activities, the program aims to teach traditional martial arts for the modern world that develops and condition the physical body, stimulate and develop the mind, and work on life-style cultivation.

For adults, our classes focus on bridging the gap between kata (forms), kihon (basics) and kumite (sparring) for use in realistic self-defence situations. This is done by looking in-depth at and analysing the kata (bunkai) and applying them in two-person drills and applications (oyo). See our adults class info page for a video on the practical application of karate.

Most classes are taught by the Head Instructor (Kancho), Sensei Reece Cummings, 4th Dan with regular guest instructors such as Australian Chief Instructor Sensei John Carlyle. Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, the second generation headmaster, had also been a guest instructor before his passing in 2012, and Sensei Toshimitsu Arakaki continues to visit Canberra every two years or so.

The best way to see whether you would enjoy practicing karate, and to ask any questions, is to come along to watch or participate in a class. We offer two no-strings attached trial classes for prospective students to ensure our programs are right for you.