“Very good Karate school for different ages…… My two kids have been in the classes for years…… They learn how to self-defend, deal with bullies and build up confidence…… The coaches are very professional. 5-star recommended.👍🏻🙂🙂 …” – Vicki Han , Google review

Kin Shin Kai was formed to teach a far more practical type of ” Old school “ traditional Goju ryu karate because it was our experience that most of the self defense being taught in traditional karate schools was stylised and not ‘real world’ practical

Since 1989 we have taught over 1000 students, many of them being junior age, and have had terrific feedback about the effectiveness of what we teach

‘Old school’ refers back to when karate had to be much more practical and was taught in small groups with a lot of one on one correction by the senior instructor/s and not by less experienced, less correct ‘helpers’ who can actually derail a student’s progress

Adhering to this Old school tradition we conduct our classes in smaller groups, particularly for younger students, and we are much more focused on each member as an individual rather than just being one of a group in the classroom

The ‘Goju Ryu’ karate tradition from which we are descended refers to the type featured in the original ‘Karate Kid’ movies. Goju Ryu was founded by the original ‘Mr Miyagi’ – Miyagi Chojun (1888-1953). We even use the Crane form featured in the 1st movie

The specific modern version of this tradition that we teach is based on the Goju Kensha of the late great master Ohtsuka Tadahiko (1940-2012). Also we selectively include principles & practises from any useful self defense source, especially from the Koryu Uchinadi of Patrick McCarthy and the Bruneian Silat of Maul Mornie

Kin Shin Kai is headed by George Ciechanowicz, a master level 7th Dan karate instructor who has been fortunate to learn directly from some of the world’s finest and particularly from the late Ohtsuka Tadahiko O-sensei 

He is assisted by a team of highly experienced & expert senior instructors 

We have been teaching in Ivanhoe and other areas since 1989 and in that time have taught >1000 students and graduated >100 Black Belts

To recap:
We particularly focus on practical Self Defense and Self Development. We educate the whole person not just the physical

We adapt our teaching for age, size, ability & personality

We believe in keeping our groups small & personal

We also teach far more than Karate as students progress including Chinese internal & external martial arts, weaponry and knife awareness

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  • Class sizes are small & personal
  • Family friendly fees 
  • Experienced Black Belt instructors
  • Highly structured & well rounded curriculum
  • Highly organised lesson planning & delivery
  • A Commitment to continuous improvement


‘I could not have asked for a better teacher/mentor. I’m lucky to be your student/friend. Looking forward to many more wonderful years’ Nick

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