GKR Karate

GKR Karate is a club for all ages and promotes self-defence, fitness, coordination, discipline, confidence and stress relief.

Go-Kan-Ryu Karate (GKR) is a traditional Japanese style of karate. GKR was founded by Robert Sullivan in Adelaide, South Australia. Robert first began training in the art of karate in 1964, and spent time training and teaching in both Japan and the USA before establishing GKR in 1984. GKR Karate is taught in a non-contact environment and promotes both character and physical development. GKR is a c

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20/03/2024

Tournament season is here and the GKR Karate World Cup is only 5 months away!

What better way to prepare than to join 2 of GKR Karate’s most senior instructors, Kyoshi Shihan Anthony Ryan and Renshi Shihan Jan Lopez, for an exclusive online seminar covering both Kata and Kumite.

This exclusive seminar will offer you the chance to elevate your karate knowledge and practice and is open to students of all ages and abilities.

The seminar will take place on Sunday 24 March 2024 at the following times:
Sydney 6pm (AEDT) | Auckland 8pm (NZST) | London 7am (UK)

If the date/time isn’t suitable for you, don’t worry, all participants will receive access to a replay available to watch on demand within 1 week.

Registrations are still open: https://go.gkrkarate.com/S0324

We hope to see you online!

14/03/2024

Join us for 90 minutes of dynamic Kata & Kumite technique training with two of GKR Karate’s most Senior Instructors.

This session will have you working up a sweat while you sharpen your skills.

Session 1: Kata Techniques, Drills & Application
Your choice of:
☑️ Bassai-Dai (Introduced at 5th Kyu)
☑️ Kururunfa (Introduced at Shodan)

Session 2: Kumite Styles, Drills & Tournament Preparation
Your choice of:
☑️ Jiyu Kumite - free sparring, self-defence, dojo style.
☑️ Ippon Kumite - Point sparring, tournament kumite.

The seminar will take place at the following times on Sunday 24th March: Sydney 6pm (AEDT) | Auckland 8pm (NZST) | London 7am (GMT)

Cost: $15 AUD (approx NZ$16 / ­£7.80)
Free for GKR Online Members!

Replays will be available for registered attendees within one week of the event.

All students are welcome, no matter where you are on your karate journey.

To register or for more information visit: https://go.gkrkarate.com/S0324

Photos from GKR Karate's post 28/02/2024
GKR Stories - Submissions | GKR Karate 26/02/2024

In every corner of the GKR Karate world, there are countless students with an incredible personal story to tell about how karate training has positively impacted their lives.

These unassuming and often humble everyday superstars are an immeasurable source of motivation to those around them, and we thought it was time to recognise their amazing accomplishments.

We’re inviting these people to reach out to us and share how joining GKR Karate has been instrumental in crafting their personal tales of inspiration, transformation, or courage.

If you wish to share your story or that of a friend or family member, please click the link below.

GKR Stories - Submissions | GKR Karate Every day, we are inspired by the stories of inspiration, transformation and courage shared by our members. It brings us great joy to commemorate these remarkable achievements.

22/02/2024

The countdown towards the GKR Karate World Cup is well and truly on, with the event now less than 6 months away!

The World Cup is the highlight of our tournament calendar, and will be held in Sydney, Australia, over 3 days commencing Friday August 9th.

For more information about the event including competitor entry criteria, the expected entry open date and details about our plans to celebrate GKR Karate’s 40th anniversary, simply click the link - https://www.gkrkarate.com/worldcup24/

We will keep you updated with further information over the coming weeks.

Hope to see you there!

GKR Online Academy Seminar with Kancho Robert Sullivan & Renshi Jan Lopez | GKR Karate 20/02/2024

Just a reminder that the newly launched GKR Online Karate & Fitness Academy will be running live-streamed seminars with some of GKR’s top instructors regularly.

The first seminar is coming up this Sunday February 25th and will be hosted by Kancho Robert Sullivan and GKR Online Academy Senior Instructor, Renshi Jan Lopez.

The seminar, which is suitable for all ages and skill levels, will take place at the following times:

Sydney 6pm (AEDT) | Auckland 8pm (NZST) | London 7am (GMT)

To register or for more information, click the link below.

We hope to see you there!

GKR Online Academy Seminar with Kancho Robert Sullivan & Renshi Jan Lopez | GKR Karate GKR Karate is a family club that is dedicated to fostering sound values and developing strong, humble, brave individuals and healthy communities.

14/02/2024

As part of the newly launched GKR Online Karate & Fitness Academy, we will be running regular live-streamed seminars with some of GKR's top instructors.

You are invited to attend the first seminar, which will take place on Sunday February 25th and be hosted by Kancho Robert Sullivan and GKR Online Academy Senior Instructor, Renshi Jan Lopez.

The seminar will take place at the following times:
Sydney 6pm (AEDT) | Auckland 8pm (NZST) | London 7am (GMT)

To register or for more information, visit: https://go.gkrkarate.com/feb-seminar

We hope to see you there!

Photos from GKR Karate's post 30/01/2024

Thanks to the Pink Belt Campaign, GKR Karate members and students were able to raise vital funds for Cancer Council Australia. The overwhelming support was incredible, and we collectively raised $70,000 to assist in finding a cure for cancer.

One member who requires a special mention is Sensei Cherie Fenlon, who was our driving force for the fundraising campaign.

We once again thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

Photo: Sensei Cherie Fenlon with some of her Cameron Park team.

Photos from GKR Karate's post 22/12/2023

We had some amazing GKR Karate students compete at the AMAC (Australian Martial Arts Championships) National Titles. The event was held in Sydney on the 9th-10th of December 2023.

Our students all showed support, camaraderie and sportsmanship at every opportunity - not only to one another but to their competitors as well.

These students have also qualified for the AMAC National Squad and will be given the chance to compete in the Portugal World Cup and in Japan next year.

Jacinta Elias - NSW - R4
🥇NATIONAL CHAMPION - Kata 11-12 Adv
🥇NATIONAL CHAMPION - Kata 13-15 Adv
🥉Bronze Medal - Freestyle 11-12 Adv

Matt Monaghan - NSW - R14
🥇NATIONAL CHAMPION - Point Contact
🥇NATIONAL CHAMPION - Freestyle
🥉Bronze Medal - Kumite

Simone Monaghan - NSW - R14
🥇NATIONAL CHAMP - Kumite(Contact)
🥇NATIONAL CHAMP - Vet. Freestyle
🥈Silver Medal - Open Kumite
🥈Silver Medal - Vet. Kumite
🥉Bronze Medal - Open Freestyle

Cohen Nesbitt - NSW - R14
🥇 NATIONAL CHAMPION – Kumite
🥇NATIONAL CHAMPION – Freestyle
🥉Bronze Medal – Point Contact
🥉Bronze Medal – Full Contact

Renae Pinney - NSW - R14
🥇NATIONAL CHAMPION - Kumite
🥉Bronze Medal - Point Contact

Megan Simpson - NSW - R14
🥇NATIONAL CHAMPION – Vet. Kumite
🥇NATIONAL CHAMPION – Int. Kumite
🥈Silver Medal – Intermediate Freestyle

Eliesha Kelly - NSW - R14
🥈Silver Medal - Point Contact
🥈Silver Medal - Freestyle

Libby Kelly - QLD - R29
🥈Silver Medal - Kumite

Sarah Read -QLD - R25
🥈Silver Medal - Kata - 11-12 Beginner
🥈Silver Medal - Kata -13-15 beginner
🥈Silver Medal - Freestyle - 13-15 beginner
🥉Bronze Medal - Freestyle - 11-12 Beginner
🥉Bronze Medal - Kumite - 11-12 Beginner

Isaac Fenlon - NSW - R14
🥉Bronze Medal - Point Contact
🥉Bronze Medal - Freestyle

Shane Reyes - NSW - R14
🥉Bronze Medal - Freestyle

Danielle Jolly - NSW - R15
🥉Bronze Medal - Intermediate Kumite
🥉Bronze Medal - Intermediate Freestyle

15/12/2023

🎊SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!🎊

We are thrilled to let our students and families know we have confirmed dates for the 2024 GKR Karate International World Cup!
The event will be held in Australia at Sydney Olympic Park, 9-11th August 2024.

Save the date, you don’t want to miss this! Join our Facebook event for further details and information coming soon - https://fb.me/e/1b6Y0y2oF

Titles and Rankings with GKR Karate | GKR Karate 13/12/2023

*SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM KANCHO ROBERT SULLIVAN*

Myself and our senior instructor teams from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom gathered together a few weeks ago for our annual training conference in the Gold Coast. During this week and at subsequent events soon after, we made some new additions to our most senior ranks and also bestowed a couple of new and significant titles. Here’s a summary:

▪ My Assistant Chief Instructor Gavin Samin and our International Director of Coaching and Media Anthony Ryan were both awarded the rank of 7th Dan and given the title of Kyoshi. This means they are both technically now a Kyoshi Shihan, but Kyoshi is acceptable to use on its own.

▪ 2 of our most senior instructors in Australia, Peter Durrant and Jan Lopez were both awarded the rank of 6th Dan and given the title of Renshi Shihan. In this instance, it is acceptable to use Renshi on its own.

If you’d like to read more about what these titles mean and develop a greater understanding of their significance, please click the article below.

Aside from the above we also graded some other top people to the special rank of 5th Dan:
Sensei Ryan Marvin UK
Sensei Karl Hughes UK
Sensei Gary Luxton AUS
Sensei Francis Fenlon AUS
Sensei Tony Perkins NZ

Congratulations to all of the above!

Kancho Robert Sullivan

Titles and Rankings with GKR Karate | GKR Karate GKR Karate is a family club that is dedicated to fostering sound values and developing strong, humble, brave individuals and healthy communities.

Photos from GKR Karate's post 04/12/2023

We are extremely excited to announce the final results of our hugely successful pink belt campaign that was designed to raise awareness and much-needed funds for cancer research, sufferers, and their families.

$70,178 raised for the Cancer Council of Australia
$20,283 raised for the Cancer Society of New Zealand
£10,707 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support

This was an incredible team effort from all parts of the GKR Karate world, and we should be very proud of our collective efforts. Thank you so much for your support and commitment to this worthy cause.

Photos from GKR Karate's post 24/11/2023

Congratulations to everyone who attended the 2023 Australian National Championships! 🏆

The full results and recap from Tournament Director Mark Case will be posted to our website within the next week!
Also keep an eye on our socials for the official photos from the event!

18/11/2023

Action is underway at the 2023 GKR Karate Australian National Championships!

We have official videographers here today looking to capture your stories of inspiration, transformation and courage. If you see them around the venue please don’t be shy, share your story – we would love to hear it!

Please note that there is no official live streaming of this event and that any links posted promoting live streaming are from scammers and should be avoided, blocked & reported.

Don’t forget to share your photos and videos with us using the hashtags &

Good luck to all competitors, just by being here you are all champions! 🥋🏆

Photos from GKR Karate's post 03/11/2023

We are 3 days into our Pink Belt Campaign to help raise funds and awareness for the Cancer Society of New Zealand and Macmillan Cancer Support (United Kingdom)!

Remember to wear your Pink Belt to class for the month of November and be sure to upload and tag us in your photos.

We're stronger together in the fight against cancer!

28/10/2023

Everyone at the 2023 GKR UK National Championships, and the club worldwide, would like to wish Kancho Robert Sullivan a very happy birthday for today! 🎂🥋

Photos from GKR Karate's post 27/10/2023

The calm before the storm of the GKR Karate UK National Championships, taking place tomorrow in Sheffield.

For timetable and competitor information please click the link below…

https://go.gkrkarate.com/UKChamps

We hope you’re ready for a huge day! Be sure to share your photos / videos from the event with us using the hashtags and

See you there!

27/09/2023

A huge congratulations to Sensei Allan on being awarded the City of Rockingham 'Keren Kim Ugle (Senior) Indigenous Sports Star of the Year Award' for 2023! 🎉

Please join me in congratulating the 2023 Indigenous Sports Star of the Year, Sensei Allan Redpath 🥳👊🥋💪 🥳

Sensei Allan Redpath is a 4th Dan instructor with GKR Karate, and anybody who has had the pleasure of training with Sensei Allan knows how hard he works as both a martial artist and a coach. His recent back to back gold medal wins at GKR Karata WA State Titles was inspirational to watch, and shows the level of commitment he has to martial arts.

Along with teaching his regular weekly class on Tuesday in Mandurah, Sensei Allan is Assistant State Team Coach for GKR Karate Western Australia. He is also one of the most fierce competitors, and will be competing at the GKR Karate Nationals at the end of this year.

Sensei Allan is an absolute asset to our club, and I could not be more proud of how much he has grown. Congratulations

14/09/2023

A reminder for all our UK students, the cut off date for ordering your Pink Belt is this Sunday 17th September 2023!
Head to our shop to purchase your belt and show your support - https://gkrkarateshop.co.uk/product/pinkbelt/

25/05/2023
11/05/2023

This is Paul. He is a member of our karate club and a police officer in Manchester. He has recieved a Pride of Manchester award (part of Pride of Britain) for bravery after tackling and restraining someone with a machete near school. All whilst off duty. Paul tells me that his training in karate and his knowledge of the self defence applications within kata Saifa were what helped him succeed in what must have been a terrifying situation. Read more on the story following the link in the comments. Well done Paul. We are all very proud of you and grateful for your courage and bravery!!!

25/04/2023

The latest students to grade this weekend, you were all awesome and congratulations to everyone!

25/04/2023

This seminar is included in your Direct Debit / PTF. Spaces are limited so book your slot with your instructor. See you there! 🥋

15/11/2022

Seminar is only a few weeks away now. Book with your instructor now to avoid disappointment. Limited spaces and a great opportunity to train with the region’s students and instructors!

Last seminar of the year is not to be missed!

15/11/2022

Seminar is only a few weeks away now. If you haven't booked on see your instructor at your next class to book or you can pay on the door!

Last seminar of the year is not to be missed!

Black Belt Camp 2022 - GKR Karate 28/07/2022

Black Belt Camp 2022 - GKR Karate Join us for 12 hours of dedicated karate training that will take your karate to the next level. We will be covering principles of power generation, movement, kata application and technique, kumite drills and much more!

Photos from GKR Karate Region 31 Hull, United Kingdom's post 08/06/2022
17/02/2022

It’s coming…..!
Be there! First of four tournaments this year. Hone your skills and go for GOLD! If you missed the tournament entry form distribution see your instructor and make sure you get your entry in before the closing date!

26/10/2021

This event speaks for itself! If you’re looking for a great seminar, book in! If your instructor considers you ready to be assessed for your next senior grade, book in! Don’t leave it until the last minute, to avoid disappointment, book in!

So…BOOK IN !!

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