‘Ethical – Effective – Traditional’

Kin Shin Kai is in the ‘Goju Ryu’ karate tradition of ‘The Karate Kid’

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

He is assisted by his leadership team of highly experienced and talented seniors

We have been teaching in Ivanhoe since 1989 and in that time have instructed 1000+ students and graduated 100+ Black Belts

Teaching wise, we focus first and foremost on the development of each individual student

We particularly focus on Self Defense and Self Development

This includes developing confidence, assertiveness, focus, and being able to speak up and make yourself heard

We also strive to adapt our teaching for age, size, ability & personality

The physical self defense skills & strategies we empower you with focus on being as simple and effective as possible

We believe in keeping our groups smaller & more personal as this results in a better experience for you

Our organizational philosophy centres on being true to traditional Karate values

True respect, perseverance, diligence and self belief tempered by humility rather than ego are the core values we work to exemplify to our students

Historically, Kin Shin Kai is squarely based on the traditional ‘Goju Kensha’ karate of the late legendary master Ohtsuka Tadahiko

We follow Ohtsuka sensei’s inclusion of other complementary martial arts including tai chi and kung fu and we subscribe to his philosophy that self defense is internal as well as external

We also draw from a diverse range of influences, particularly the groundbreaking ‘Koryu Uchinadi’ system of Hanshi Patrick McCarthy and the incredibly efficient ‘Silat Suffian Bela Diri’ of Guru Maul Mornie

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Elements of our commitment to a more individualised learning experience include:

Low maximum class sizes

Experienced Black Belt instructors

Highly structured global curriculum

Highly structured & well thought out lesson planning

A Commitment to ongoing refinement and 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

You can check out further Testimonials here  or  Contact us regarding your free tryout class



George Ciechanowicz
Director & Chief Instructor

Admin &

Hombu dojo:

7 Sinclair Ave
Lower Templestowe
Melbourne, Australia
Ivanhoe dojo:19 Seddon st Ivanhoe 3079
E-Mail: Contact us
0403 073 463