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Our Story



After being seriously injured in an unprovoked assault over 25 years ago as a teenager, Sam decided that this would never happen to him again and if it did he would be ready. Since that time our dedicated instructor Sam has trained in the art of traditional karate studying under many instructors in both Australia and the USA. Now training under and learning from the Senior members of the Seiwakai branch of Goju and bringing his own knowledge and experience to the art Yushukan Applied Karate mixes the old traditional ways of training with new methods designed to give life to the art of karate, a new energy, and an effective training method of self defense.

The result of true karate is natural, effortless action, and the confidence, humility, openness and peace only possible through perfect unity of mind and body. This is the core teaching of Zen, the basis of Bushido, and our philosophy.



We train in traditional methods to learn the timeless self defense principles of Goju Ryu karate that have been passed down through the ages. We seek to understand what the masters of old knew about combat and how to best protect oneself from someone wishing to do us harm. We do this through many ways but the most unique is how we read and study kata like a text book and bring it to life in the dojo.

Many martial arts practitioners have been practicing the kata for many years without truly delving into ‘why’ they are used or ‘why’ they were even invented. I myself was one of these practitioners until I started looking deeper into kata and learning its true meaning. This is when the light bulb came on and karate suddenly had a whole new meaning.

Our classes contain methods of training fundamentals, fitness training and dojo sparring however our overarching goal is to be able to use our kata and bring it to life so it has meaning, purpose and can be applied in a distress situation.


At Yushukan Karate we work with people who want to improve their overall health and fitness both mentally and physically and gain valuable self-defense skills.  Most people struggle to find a fitness activity that provides results and maintains their interest over time. As well as that, another struggle is finding a martial art that suits you and provides a place where you feel comfortable and encouraged.

Applied karate is interesting, practical and is focused on results and continual learning which eliminates boredom over time. It also suits most people because  it’s essentially the original MMA but without the ego which makes it welcoming and fun.

After training you can expect to feel…

    • Empowered
    • Secure
    • Stronger
    • Fitter
    • Confident
    • Energized
    • Motivated
    • More skilled
    • Part of a Community

and much much more….

Karate is an art that keeps on giving and the more you pour yourself into training the more you fill up and the more rewards there are to gain for all aspects of your life.

What people say about us

I have been training with Sensei Sam Seigers since 2015. I have met some amazing people and made great friends . Sensei Sam Seigers is motivating and supportive, and challenges each student to maximize their potential whether they are an adult or child. I’m as fit and flexible as I have been in 20 years and can recommend karate to anyone interested. My 12 year old son has just started training and is loving it…would recommend Sensei Sam and Yushukan Karate to anyone

Nigel Pitman

Yushukan is an exceptional karate school!! Sensei Sam is a brilliant teacher, who knows how to keep his students engaged and supports them to hone their skills in this fine art. It has been a delight to watch my niece take such an interest in karate through Sensei Sam’s teachings; she looks forward to classes every week and I can already see her confidence growing, as well as her self discipline and positive mindset. Highly recommend!

Louise Lombard

Yushukan karate is a traditional martial art with a modern applied focus. Sensei Sam Seigers delivers technical instruction that is embodied giving his students a solid foundation on which to develop a deeper understanding of the art physically, mentally & spiritually. Whether a beginner or more advanced student, child or adult there is something for everyone on offer through Yushukan karate.

Jason Morning