Karate for adults and samurai
Benefits to students of AAMA
- Cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone;
- Participation in Sports karate competitions;
- Goal setting skills;
- Stress management;
- Self-discipline; and
- Real-life self-defence skills.
At the Australian Academy of Martial Arts, our training year is divided into five modules (summer, autumn, winter, spring and final). Graduation ceremonies are held at the end of each module, where students celebrate their achievements.
AAMA uses a coloured belt grading system adapted to Shihan Graham Keleher’s method of instruction to mark the progression of our students. Traditionally, students start their Karate journey as a white belt. Details of our grading progression are available.
Students are continuously assessed in class and must demonstrate improvement in five main areas of self-development in order to advance:
- The AAMA student is always respectful towards their family and colleagues.
- The AAMA student is always respectful towards those who created and developed Karate, their instructors and fellow students.
- The AAMA student is always positive, focused and courteous irrespective of the situation or stress level.
- The AAMA student embraces challenges with unmoving determination and courage.
- The AAMA student moderates the effects of emotions on his or her actions.
- The AAMA student commits to their own self-development.
- The AAMA student demonstrates ability to positively react, cope and reason irrespective of the situation or stress level.
- The AAMA student embraces the guidance and lessons of instructors and senior students.
- The AAMA student cultivates their self-confidence and self-esteem.
- The AAMA student is dedicated and diligent in their study of Karate.
- The AAMA student strives to perfect their ability in Kihon (how the body works), Kata (the dictionary of Karate) and Kumite (application of karate).
- The AAMA student is aware of their strengths and limitations.
- The AAMA student achieves and maintains the physical strength, flexibility and endurance necessary for the practice of Karate.
- The AAMA student cultivates their well-being through healthy eating and living.
- The AAMA student does not use or endorse the use of drugs.