Welcome to Kansai Karate

Shihan Stephen Kelly, 7th Dan, Kyoshi (master) and the whole Kansai Karate Academy family offers Karate for Kids Brisbane, self defence classes Brisbane and welcome you to our Organisation.


Kansai Karate Academy was founded by Stephen Kelly in Queensland in 1993 and is part of the worldwide Shito-ryu Shukokai World Karate Union.
The Academy’s award-winning Honbu (Headquarters) Karate dojo and our High Performance Centre is located in the Brisbane western suburb of Sumner Park, which is approx. 15 kms from the city.


Having full time professional dojos enables students to train safely 6 days a week. Shihan Stephen and his staff of highly trained and qualified instructors teach traditional and sport karate in a modern, energetic and exciting atmosphere that will benefit both you and your family. You can follow us on social media also facebook, twitter and YouTube.
Our specially formulated classes are separated and designed to cater for all ages from 3 years to adults. Our programs include Cubs (3-4yrs), Little Lions (5-7yrs), Juniors (8-12yrs) and Adults (13+ yrs).
We, Brisbane Karate Academy, also specialise in Kids Karate Classes Brisbane, Karate Shukokai Brisbane, Competition Karate (WKF Developmental/Elite), Weapons, self defence classes Brisbane, Fitness Classes, Private Coaching and Personal Training.


Kansai Karate also has 3 satellite dojos in Brisbane, our new full time dojo located at Springfield, also, at Moggill and Clayfield, and a full time dojo on the Gold Coast located at Upper Coomera.

Our Programs


(3-4 Years old)

Karate For Kids Brisbane


Little Lions

(5-7 Years Old)

Kids Karate Classes Brisbane

Little Lions


(8-12 Years Old)

Karate Shukokai Brisbane



(13+ Years Old)

Brisbane Karate Academy

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Whats New


Our family chose Kansai for a number of reasons. First, it's extremely family-friendly and our girls are loving the high-energy, fun sessions delivered by great instructors that develop their self-confidence. Second, it offers both traditional karate with deep roots back to the source as well as top quality sports karate. Finally, it offers more than just karate with various fitness classes and equipment. Highly recommended.

Charl Morkel

It is run extremely professionally and has well credentialed and caring instructors who make karate fun.

Michael Geise

As a parent to 4 small children I’m confident in saying we have tried pretty much everything on offer for the kids across so many establishments and centres all over Brisbane with such a mix of instructor personalities and capabilities. We feel strongly for each of them at least to have one activity they love and are enthusiastic to attend. I had always hoped they would take to karate for various reasons and did my research into reputable options on the west side of Brisbane.

Natalie Brockett

Both of my boys have been going here for over 4years. It is the best decision I have ever made.

Donna Clark

Wow! Is what I have to say. I get to visit schools around the world and this is a world class place. Very talented student which demonstrates how great the instruction is. If you are in the area and looking for Martial Art classes, you must start here.

Fred Kyoshi DePalma

An awesome place to train, make friends and simply be a part of. Kansai Karate is than just a sport we do, they are family. Everyone you meet whether an instructor, student, family member or friend is just lovely. I couldn't think of a better place to be involved with.

Kimberly Cowan

The place you want to go to work hard and get the best results for your karate journey

John Lafferty

Really appreciate the time Heather took on he phone to answer all my questions. Teachers of 3-4 year olds are very caring and clever at maintaining both fun and order. Everyone made us feel welcome.

Catherine Owen

A great place for children & adults to learn , respect themselves and others But also to gain confidence and have fun

Tracy Rossell

Kansai is for everyone no matter your age. You always feel welcome. But be ware when Sensei is feeling like fun!!!

Janet Knowles
Private Tuition

Gain faster results with one on one training, focussing on either traditional karate or sport karate.
Kansai Karate Academy can tailor-make a program for you.

Your private tuition will include video analysis to allow you to review yourself at a later date.



Make your next birthday a KARATE PARTY!

Our fully qualified Instructors will keep your children and their friends occupied for a fun-filled 2 hours!
Parties may include Self-defence, Fitness, Anti-Bullying, Karate Games or a Traditional Karate Class, tailored to your child's age.


Kansai Karate Academy

Email us | Ph: + 61 7 3279 0655