Kansai Karate Academy
Kansai Karate is one of the leading martial arts organisations in the state of Queensland.
In 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011, Kansai Karate won the Quest Newspaper Business Achiever of the Year for Fitness and Sport. It can boast the operations of a fully equipped, air-conditioned, professional, full time dojo in Greater Springfield. Kansai, also has studios in Sumner Park, Moggill, Willawong, Clayfield and the Gold Coast.
Being a full time professional dojo, enables students to train safely 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday, in a facility that is equipped with air-conditioning, jigsaw safety mats, kick bags, mirrors, TV/video, a parents/spectators waiting room, as well as many other training aids. Kansai Karate, also has a speciality karate retail outlet that carries world leading brands.
Kansai Karate offers specialised classes to all, starting from age specific Kansai Cubs at 3 years of age to those adults of any age who wish to keep fit and, build confidence and learn self-defence. Kansai prides itself on helping children and adults achieve.
Kansai Karate Academy Chief Instructor and principle instructor is Shihan Stephen Kelly who holds the rank of 8th Dan, Kyoshi, has trained and taught extensively internationally, for over 40 years. Shihan Stephen is a multiple State and National Champion and has won Gold (2x), Silver (3x) and Bronze at Championships held internationally.
Shihan Stephen is the Oceania Chief Instructor of the Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate Union.
As well, Shihan Stephen is an elite karate coach, who has coached at the highest level in both Kata and Kumite, was National Coach from 2001 until stepping down recently. As an elite coach of Sports Karate Sensei Stephen’s Kansai Karate has been awarded the Queensland Karate Club of the Year multiple times.