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.
What are your class sizes?
Our class sizes vary anywhere from 10 to 18 students per class in any given program. We always have 2 instructors for ALL 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?
The cost depends on the membership you choose. We offer two classes per week to unlimited training membership (Kids, Junior and Adult classes). Classes can be from as little as $8 per class on our most popular membership (unlimited training).
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.
What times are the classes?
Classes run 6 days a week from 430pm to 900pm Monday to Thursday, 430pm to 600pm on a Friday and 900am to 1230pm on 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 blue 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). 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 5th 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 also the Covid Safety Marshall at Sakura Karate Club. He is a former Karate Victoria State Kata Coach and currently holds National Qualifications as Referee/Judge ‘A’ in both Kumite and Kata for the Australian Karate Federation. He is a current Member 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.
About Sensei Laura
Sensei Laura is Sakura’s Senior Instructor with 30 years experience in Martial Arts. Holding a 4th Dan in Shukokai (graded by Sensei Tommy Morris of Kobe Osaka International), she is a wonderful instructor and a fantastic role model for all students. She holds Level 1 Coaching and Senior First Aid qualifications.
Sensei Laura competed in a number of Kobe Osaka World cups overseas in Germany, Malaysia and Manila in Women’s Kata.
Apart from her Karate, she loves to keep fit and healthy. She is a secondary School Teacher by profession.