The Kalgoorlie Karate Academy was formally established in 2020 by Sensei Matt Edwards and Sensei Susan Edwards after they saw a demand for a family-orientated martial arts school that delivered practical, realistic, and self-defence based training in a traditional karate environment for kids and adults. The Kalgoorlie Karate Academy teaches Ko-Shi Kai Karate. The characters Ko-shi Kai (鋼志会) mean 'iron-willed' and represent the Academy's determination to preserve traditional karate and kobudo, and to build our student's fortitude and resilience in the face of adversity.
The Kalgoorlie Karate Academy's crest draws its inspiration from its home in Western Australia's Goldfields, an inhospitable region with a harsh climate home to a sizeable part of Australia's mining industry. The crest's colours represent gold and nickel - two metals mined in the region and vital to sustaining the area. Blue represents the clear sky and openness to learning.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US...
The Kalgoorlie Karate Academy is founded on the principles of old-style karate that pre-dates modern sports karate. While the Academy's style of Ko-shi Kai has a strong foundation in Tani-Mabuni based practices, it also draws from the Head Instructors' training in Naha-te and Shuri-te based styles. In essence, the academy aims to preserve the practices and traditions from the birthplace of karate, Okinawa, particularly those of Sensei Anko Itosu and the early masters. To us, karate is not a sport; it is a way of life.
The Kalgoorlie Karate Academy is an official member of the Australasian Federation of Traditional Karate and Kobudo, a national-body representing associations and dojos throughout the Australasian region.
2nd Open Forms, 2nd Open Weaponry, 3rd Open Male Continuous Sparring Full Contact at the Albany Open Interclub Tournament (2007)
SENSEI SUSAN EDWARDS
Head Instructor (1st Dan)
Began training in 2001
1st Dan Karate (2019)
Qualified Early Childcare Educator
CSTD Theatrical Dance Teachers' Certificate
Working with Children with Special Needs (RUCSN)
Childcare and Education First Aid (HLTAID004)
2nd Female Senior Intermediate Sparring, 1st Senior Intermediate Female Open Forms at the Albany Open Interclub Tournament (2007)
ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS
Sensei Matt and Sensei Susan are the joint head instructors and act as the dynamic husband-wife duo.
They bring together nearly 40 years' of collective experience, and each embody the principle of family-orientated training.
While their passion brings together both instructors for teaching traditional karate, both Sensei Matt and Sensei Susan can utilise their qualifications and experience to bring unique approaches to their training delivery that gives students a unique training experience.
Our Head Instructors have:
Current Working With Children Checks
First Aid Qualifications
Authentic and recognised black belt grades
Experience in competition
OUR ACADEMY'S FACILITY
The Kalgoorlie Karate Academy is located inside the PhoenixFit Martial Arts Centre. It offers a world-class purpose-built martial arts facility, including mats, bags, equipment, change rooms, and everything you need for an outstanding learning and training experience.