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The Best Martial Arts Schools in Canberra


Martial arts are a fun way to improve your fitness, enhance your concentration, and develop self-defence skills. What’s more, rooted in ancient traditions, the practice of martial arts is a wonderful way to make new friends, join a community, and learn about a new culture.

Whether your child is interested in taking karate lessons, or you – as an adult – would like to learn a new skill, it’s vital to find a top-quality martial arts school.

In this article, we’ll share our favourite martial arts schools in Canberra. These institutions are inclusive of all experience levels and help their students gain strength, body awareness, and confidence.

Ready? Let’s get right into it.

What to Look for in a Quality Martial Arts School?

When deciding which martial arts school to try, we recommend looking out for the following must-have traits:

  • Commitment to traditions. There are many types of martial arts that you can take up right here in Canberra. Whether you’re interested in jujitsu, karate, or even kickboxing, look for a school that stays true to the traditions of the practice – whether ancient or contemporary.
  • Qualified and experienced instructors. The best martial arts schools are run by qualified, experienced, and passionate instructors. With a welcoming attitude and enthusiastic approach, they can answer your questions and make you feel at home.
  • A convenient timetable. When it comes to taking a class, logistics are important. Look for a martial arts school with a timetable that suits your schedule.
  • Well-priced classes. At the end of the day, you don’t want to over-pay for classes at a martial arts school.

Agree with this list? What else would you include?

Canberra’s Best Martial Arts Schools

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

Canberra Martial Arts Centre

With over 200 students, the Canberra Martial Arts Centre is one of the best in the region. With a commitment to providing a safe, nurturing, and inspiring environment, the Canberra Martial Arts Centre is a fantastic place to kick-start your martial arts journey.

Both kids’ and adults’ classes at the Canberra Martial Arts Centre are taught with a focus on non-violence. Instead, they aim to boosts students’ confidence.

Run by an Internationally Certified Chief Instructor with more than a decade of teaching experience, you’re sure to discover a fun and fulfilling class at the Canberra Martial Arts Centre.

Tora Shotokan Canberra

Boost your fitness, concentration, coordination, and self-confidence at Tora Shotokan Canberra, a martial arts school specialising in Shotokan karate.

With classes for all ages run by highly-experienced and dedicated instructors, Tora Shotokan Canberra is an ideal place for both seasoned and beginner karate practitioners.

Here’s what one of Tora Shotokan Canberra’s students, Max, had to say: “The instructors know what they teach, and know how to teach it. Great people, great place, great style, 10/10 would recommend.”

Cummings Karate Dojo

Committed to the practice and preservation of Okinawan Karate-do and Kobudo, Cummings Karate Dojo is a not-for-profit martial arts school that has operated in Canberra since 2009.

With classes for kids, families, teens, and adults, Cummings Karate Dojo caters to complete beginners and those with experience.

Your Experience with Martial Arts Schools in Canberra

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One Response to The Best Martial Arts Schools in Canberra
shane shane 12:57 am 29 Jan 19

The Ni Bonchi Judo Club welcomes people of all ages to come and join us for a fun and friendly experience! You can participate at a level where you can compete or go at your own pace and just enjoy the sport.

The Ni Bonchi Judo Club is located downstairs at the Vikings Lanyon Rugby Club, Heidelberg St, Conder ACT 2906.

The classes run every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Come down for a complimentary first lesson or to talk to us about the sport of Judo.

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