About Us

At Bungendore Traditional Karate we dedicated to practicing, preserving and instructing Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate. Our purpose of to improve the Bungendore community, one individual at a time through the practice of traditional Karate. We offer Karate tuition to kids, teens, adults and families to members of the Bungendore community and its surrounds.

The style we train in is Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, a complete martial art with lineage that can be traced back over many centuries. Rich in history and culture, Goju-Ryu Karate is a martial art that enhances the physical and mental health of its practitioners. Goju-Ryu translates to ‘hard & soft style’, a concept that underpins our extensive curriculum.

Our classes traditional warm-ups, basic skills, close quarter fighting, long distance and ground fighting.  At the heart of Karate is the kata, a series of choreographed movements in which a student uses to practice physical and mental responses to a range of real life situations.

We do not focus on beating others but on overcoming our own minds and pushing our own limitations developing coordination, confidence, discipline and strength. By training our minds and bodies we maintain a physical and mental health, promoting our own well-being and assisting others to do the same.
Bungendore Traditional Karate is a member of Canberra Traditional Karate Centres locally, Australian Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation Nationally and International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation Internationally. To find out more about our history and lineage, visit www.australiakarate.com.
We believe that traditional karate has something to offer everyone regardless of age, gender, race or background and we sincerely look forward to having you join us in our classes.

We welcome students of all abilities and experience to join our Karate family. Our instructors are internationally accredited and promote a safe inclusive environment to learn in and one that fosters respect for self and others.

Join now and experience the difference of traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, traditional Karate for the modern world.

Sensei Matt Warren
Sensei Matt Warren

Sensei Matt Warren

Our classes are led by Sensei Matt Warren (2nd Dan Black Belt), who first started training at age 10 in 2010 inCrookwell under Sensei David Lambert (5th Dan Black Belt). After working through the Kyu grades, Sensei Matt achieved his senior 1st Dan Black Belt in Canberra in May 2018.

Moving to Canberra to study in 2017, Sensei Matt commenced training under the Australian Chief Instructor Sensei Joe Roses (7th Dan Black Belt) at the Honbu Dojo in Bonython achieving his 2nd Dan Black Belt in 2020.

Sensei Matt was licenced as Assistant Instructor at Bungendore Karate upon its opening in 2019 by Sensei Kevin Kennedy (2nd Dan Black Belt) whilst continuing to train under Sensei Joe to ensure he is improving and learning. In October 2021 Sensei Matt took over as head instructor for Bungendore Dojo. Sensei Matt has had the great honour to train with senior instructors in Tokyo and Okinawa including with World Chief Instructor Nakamura Sensei (7th Dan Black Belt).

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