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The Australian Karate Academy

The Australian Karate Academy was founded in Brisbane in 1989, by Bob McMahon, 7th Dan. Sensei Bob is a former Physical Education Teacher and has trained seriously in karate since 1970, and opened his own branch on the Sunshine Coast from 1978 to 1987, and then in Brisbane from 1987 to the present. Today the club is run by the McMahon family, and together currently have three dojo in Australia – Brisbane, Sydney, and Adelaide.

The AKA train in Seito Karate Seitokukai (Original Traditional Karate) and teach both old school (strikes, grappling, chokes, joint manipulation, throws, vital point strikes, kobudo, original karate kata) and Modern Karate (sparring, sports karate, competition kata, pad and bag work, fitness). The instructors also explain the meaning and purpose of both old and modern karate and their relationship. Our approach to karate is unique, and we will continue to preserve, and evolve the karate we teach.

Head Instructor (Sydney), Sensei Ben Perkin

  • 2nd Dan Karate
  • Over 30 years training in martial arts
  • Primarily karate but including kobudo and kenjutsu

Chief Instructor Sensei Bob McMahon

  • 7th Dan Karate
  • Former State, National and International Kumite champion
  • Over 45 years involved in karate – training, teaching, and mentoring
  • Author of karate booklets and founder of several karate internet forums
  • Former Queensland Coach

Head Instructor (Australia), Sensei Cheyne McMahon

  • 5th Dan Karate
  • Former State, National and International Kumite champion
  • Over 30 years training in karate
  • Former National team member for Kumite
  • Current Queensland State Captain and Member