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3 Days To Go… Calling All Ladies

Today we want to talk about the girls in the dojo.  Before we get too far into this blog post, I want to be upfront that I’m writing this post from a males perspective, based on 36 years of involvement in Chito-Ryu.

For a long time, most martial arts have been very male dominated.  It’s usually men that hold the highest ranking positions, men who make most of the decisions and men who set the culture for most dojos and traditional martial arts organisations.

If you’re a woman or a girl, what I’ve said so far will probably make you want to run in the opposite direction, but hold on for just a minute, we’ve got some really good news for you.

The times are changing and Sunshine Coast Karate is leading the way.

My wife, Sandra & I co-founded the dojo and share many of the roles.  As a result I think our dojo culture is very inclusive and encourages girls and women of all ages to feel comfortable.

Although Sandra looks to me as her senior in the dojo (because I started training before her), we’re actually both the same rank, 5th Dan (5th degree black belt) & Shihan (master instructor).  Currently, Sandra is the 2nd highest ranked female worldwide in Chito-Ryu.  She’s a world champion and an exceptional martial artist.  And when I say that, I don’t mean she’s an exceptional martial artist for a woman.  She holds that status in anyone’s company, male or female.

Women’s Black Belt, Chito-Ryu, Kumite, 2017 World Champion – Sensei Sandra Phillips

As a result of Sandra’s strong influence, a large proportion of our dojo membership is female.  And this extends all the way through to the highest ranks.  In fact our most senior student who is also an assistant instructor at Sunshine Coast Karate is also female.

Sensei Helen
Sensei Helen O’Grady

With these strong female role models in the dojo, it’s not surprising that we have so many women and girls training.  It’s not uncommon for some classes to have almost no men/boys in them.

And it’s not just young girls joining in either, we have teenagers, young women and Mums too.

Just the other day one of our Karate Mums got started in her first adult class (made up mostly of ladies).

Our oldest black belt, Debbie, didn’t even get started training until just before her 50th Birthday after watching her children training with us from the sidelines for a few years.

A few years ago, we were very privileged to have Minowa Sensei visit our dojo too.  Minowa Sensei is the most senior female in Chito-Ryu worldwide.  So it was a great opportunity for some of the women of our dojo to get inspired.

Minowa Sensei, with some of the SCK Ladies, November 2017. 

With the Sign On Day just 3 days away, I’d like to put the call out to the girls of the Sunshine Coast.  Karate is just as much for you as it is for men. Come along and have a go. You never know, you may just find karate to be a whole lot of fun.

Karate Sign On Day (2020) - FREE Trial

Join us as we count down the days leading up to our 2020 Sunshine Coast Karate Sign On Day.

Below is more details about our upcoming Sign on Day. We would love to meet you on Saturday 15th February and if you require further information, be sure to connect with us.

Learn more about the Sign On Day on Facebook.

SIGN ON DAY CLASSES – Bookings Required:
Class sizes for the sign on day are strictly limited, because we want to make it a great experience for all participants. So, if you have booked in to a class that is already full, one of our staff members will be in touch with you to make other arrangements so that you can still do a trial at another time.


If you have any additional questions, connect with our staff and we’ll do our best to help you. We look forward to meeting you soon.

What’s happening on the day:What’s happening on the day:

  • Little Champions (4-7 Yrs) FREE Trial Class 8:45-9:25am
  • Karate Kids (8-15 Yrs) FREE Trial Class 9:30-10:25am
  • Teen & Adults Karate FREE Trial Class 10:30-11:30am
  • Demonstrations from members
  • Special Sign On Day Offer For New Students Who Sign Up On The Day
Some of our teen & adult ladies at Sunshine Coast Karate