Australia’s Youth Self Defence Karate was founded in 1994 by Kenpo Freestyle 6th Degree Black Belt, Matt Klein. It was the first club specialising in kids martial arts in Sydney. The classes became an instant hit, with their high-energy, fun, and non-intimidating atmosphere.

Australia’s Youth Self Defence Karate was created in 1994 to give children of all ages greater self esteem, confidence, and fitness through the study of martial arts. The founder and 6th Dan Black Belt Matt Klein, or “Sensei Matt” as his students call him, saw a great demand for fun and affordable karate classes for kids in Sydney, Australia.

Our main focus is on building the self esteem of the child or teen and improving their self-confidence. We teach kids almost entirely—it is our specialty. All self defence classes are taught in a positive, non-intimidating, and fun atmosphere. Parents are welcome to stay and watch the classes—we have no secrets.

Our convenient kids karate classes in Sydney are taught throughout the year in unison with the school terms. A grading held at the end of each term to build the student’s sense of accomplishment. The goals are very achievable and are set forth at the onset of the program.

Q How do I get started?

We make it super easy. Just arrive at the scheduled time listed under Sydney karate Locations on this website. If you can, get there about 10-15 minutes before class to fill out a standard athletic waiver form. You do not need to call ahead to book in. Please read Sensei Matt’s post on Your Child’s First Day of Martial Arts.

Q What does it cost?

The first class of each term is $16. Each additional class is $14. The $2 is our rego/membership fee, which is the lowest in Sydney. If you pre-pay for the entire term, it works out about 12% cheaper. Families with three or more pay $12 weekly per class for each student.

Q How do I pay?

We accept cash and cheques; sorry no credit cards. Fees should be paid prior to the start of each class, unless prepaid for term

Q What if I just want to watch?

You are welcome to watch before joining, and parents are encouraged to watch our karate classes every week. We do not offer free classes because our classes are some of the most popular in Sydney and also the most affordable. We do not offer lock-in contracts so there is no risk.

Q What should my child wear?

Loose fitting clothing and soft-soled shoes for the feet are recommended. Karate uniforms may be purchased at any time but are not mandatory. They cost $45.

Q When can my child start?

We limit new student intake to the first three weeks of the term so a new student can join during week 1, 2 or 3 of any term. We do this so children do not get too far behind their classmates.

Q What happens in the class?

Your child can play with the other students until the class begins. We then bow in and start the class with a fun warm up game, giving each student a great chance to get to know their new classmates. We usually start the class in a circle so that all students feel equal and they are all in the “front” of the class. We keep them moving so there is no time for boredom!

Q What do gradings cost?

Our grading fees are included in the class fee, which is unusual for a martial arts organization–and a big plus.

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