Sakura Karate Club – KOBE OSAKA is one of the premier Karate clubs in Melbourne producing strong, well connected and grounded students through the training of martial arts. We love what we do and we are passionate about making a difference as soon as you walk through our door to begin training with us.

What you expect is what we deliver. We blend the right training with the right programs, tailored specifically for you.

Trust our experience and expertise

Sound and proven Karate Programs for Kids and Adults

We are committed, will you be?

Sakura - 'We Make People Better'!

Goal Setting

Our programs are widely recognised as some of the best on offer, because we work with you individually to achieve the goals you set for yourself.

Instruction & Coaching

Be guided by some of the most experienced instructors in the industry. We will motivate you to become better, because that is simply what we do.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Heart

Martial Arts training delivers fantastic health benefits for your mind, body and soul.

It is proven to develop your fitness, strength, flexibility, core, resilience, focus and much more.

Unlock Your Potential

Are you ready to take the challenge? Are you ready to do what most people don’t?

Are you ready to achieve your Black Belt!

About Our Dojo

We are located in Bayswater North (6/96 Canterbury Road) on the corner of Burgess Road in Melbourne, Australia. Sakura is a full time, professional martial arts club headed by Chief Instructor, Sensei Jason Nichols.

The style of Karate taught at Sakura is the well known style of Shukokai – which is renowned for its Speed, Power, Accuracy, Focus and Tremendous Impact.

Sakura Karate Club caters for all ages from 5 years and up and has classes for beginners Monday through Saturday.

We are proud members of the Karate Australia, Karate Victoria and Kobe Osaka International which is headed by Shihan Tommy Morris 8th Dan Shitoryu.

What are your class sizes?

Our class sizes vary anywhere from 10 to 16 students per class in any given program. We have 2 instructors for our kids/junior programs to ensure new and experienced students are getting all of our attention.

How much does it cost after the joining offer?

Training at Sakura is very affordable. Train in any 3 classes a week for under $29.00 per week. It is exceptional value. Learn strong and effective karate and self defence at Sakura Karate Club.

Can I move and change classes if i want too?

Yes, you can change the days you train, but children cannot interchange between classes as they are split into ages and belt levels. Remember, you are not locked into any days as we offer classes throughout the week.

What times are the classes?

Currently, classes run 5 days a week from 545pm to 800pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 1145am on a Saturday. We also offer a school holiday program which includes alternative training, fitness classes, parent and child training and games day.

Do children have to spar in class?

Children are not allowed to spar until they get to yellow belt level and have trained for a minimum of 9 months. We do not assess/grade students for sparring until they achieve green belt level.

Your safety is our number one priority in the dojo and students are required to wear full protective gear including headgear, mouth guards, hand mitts, groin guards and girls aged 12 and above will be required to wear chest guards.

Does Sakura offer Family discounts?

Yes we do. We offer discounts for 2nd, 3rd and 4th family members.

Are there any other costs apart from training fees?

The only other costs incurred is our Annual Affiliation Fee (payable for affiliations and professional membership – Karate Australia/Karate Victoria/Kobe Osaka International). The student pays a ‘Grading’ fee each time they wish to attempt their new belt level.

We do not charge a joining fee.

About Sensei Jason

Sensei Jason Nichols holds a 6th Dan Blackbelt in Shukokai Karate. He has been training in karate since 1984 and started Sakura Karate Club as a full time, professional school in 2010. He has been graded by Shihan Tommy Morris (President Kobe Osaka International) since 1987. He is also trained in the traditional martial art of Jui-Jitsu.

He holds Level 2 Silver NCAS Coaching, Senior First Aid and Working With Children Accreditations. He is a former Karate Victoria State Kata Coach and currently holds Oceania (OKF) Accreditation as Referee/Judge in both Kumite and Kata for Karate Australia. He is the Secretary of the Victorian Referee Commission.

He travelled extensively overseas competing in 4 Kobe Osaka World Cups placing 4th in Manila 2004, 3rd in Bulgaria 2007 and 2nd in Malaysia 2009 in Men’s Kata Competition. He was a member of the Victorian Karate Team in 2003.

Sensei Jason is the Chief Instructor of Sakura Karate Club.

Structured Karate Classes

We offer every student who joins us the opportunity to train in classes that are structured for their level and ability, whether that is for the new beginner or the experienced student about to attempt their Blackbelt and beyond.

Classes are split into Programs catering for Kids (5 to 8 years), Juniors (9 to 14 years) and our Teens/Adults (15 years +). We also offer Women’s Only Karate, Self Defence, Traditional Jui-Jitsu and Specialist Fitness classes from time to time to cater for everyone’s needs and requirements.

To find our more simply call Sensei Jason on 0488 132 192 to book in for your 2 FREE Trial Classes.

Safe Training Facilities

Sakura Karate Club’s dojo is fully matted which provides safety for all students. We use safety equipment, specially designed for martial arts training, this also includes safety sparring gear including headguards, gloves, mouthguards and shinguards. We have a kitchen area, including Male and Female bathroom facilities, plus changerooms for our students.

Upstairs is the viewing lounge area for parents so they can watch their children in class. Our facility is spotless, clean, sanitised and we maintain these cleaning standards each week after classes.


Qualified Instructors

We take pride in knowing that you are receiving the very best in Instruction and Coaching with our team being suitably qualified. Our Instructors hold current Level 1 and Level 2 NCAS Coaching Accreditation, Working With Children and Senior First Aid qualifications. Sakura Karate Club are proud members of the Australian Karate Federation, Karate Victoria and Kobe Osaka International.

These affiliations allow our students and instructors to participate in Local, National and International events, attend Coaching Seminars and Refereeing Courses. Be assured every Instructor at Sakura cares about your well being, your progress and your journey when training.

At Sakura – ‘We Make People Better!’

Sensei Jason is one of the few people I find inspirational. I appreciate the work and commitment he has achieved that very few people do. Be proud my friend!


Pete MacFie

Fantastic inclusive club for both adults and kids. We were recommended to Sakura 2 years ago and it has been and continues to be an incredibly positive journey of self development in so many ways.

Jason is an amazing instructor with both adults and kids of any age. Highly recommend.


Nadya Underwood

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