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Sensei David Rigby

Sensei David Rigby


Nick StevensNick Stevens
11:28 06 Aug 23
The JKA dojo I visited yesterday was an absolute gem, radiating warmth, friendliness, and a strong sense of family. It was headed by Sensei David Rigby. From the moment I stepped through the doors, I was greeted with genuine smiles and positive vibes. The camaraderie among the students was remarkable, they supported and uplifted one another, creating a true sense of belonging. This dojo truly embraces the essence of family, where respect, discipline, and personal growth are instilled in every participant. It's a place where bonds are forged, learning and amazing memories are made. It made me wish I was from the Gilles Plains Area.
Adam MarshAdam Marsh
11:17 06 Aug 23
Alex KingAlex King
02:21 22 Jul 23
I have been training with JKA Adelaide since 2017. Both adults and kids can learn self defence skills and character development under Sensei David Rigby, who has been training in Shotokan Karate for over 50 years. The atmosphere is friendly and non-threatening, and the training is of the highest quality. JKA is the most prominent Shotokan organisation in the world - no McDojos here. I highly recommend JKA Adelaide to anyone looking to learn self defence, build discipline and improve character development, as well as making friends along the way.
Traditional Budo karate taught by the most technically sound and compassionate Sensei I have encountered. Fantastic with all students - be it kids from 4, adults or those in retirement. Cannot recommends enough!
Mark KMark K
23:22 18 Jul 23
Dave Sensei is one of the most amazing teachers that I have had the good fortune to train with. I started back at Karate in 2018 after a long hiatus (around 22 years) and earlier this year obtained my 1st Dan (Black belt). A hard and testing journey, but, Dave Sensei is extremely helpful and patient. He has been practicing and teaching Karate for over 40 years and his passion for the art is tangible. And even after all that time he still considers himself a student of Karate. He has been a part of mine and my daughter’s Karate journey for almost 6 years now and we love seeing him at our dojo’s training sessions and down at Gilles plains for his seminars. JKA Karate has high standards and as such so does Dave Sensei. So at least you know that what you are being taught is being taught at the highest standard around. If you have not already given Karate a try, try it out with Dave Sensei. I can guarantee that if you want to practice this art, you will be happy with Dave Sensei.
Sam AbbaSam Abba
12:22 28 Jun 23
JKA Adelaide is such a safe, inclusive and supportive environment. I am proud to be a part of this traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate School. I highly recommend this club to anyone considering trying martial arts, regardless of age, physicality or skill level, everyone is welcome. The benefits are far beyond physical fitness and self defence.
Jeffrey SopelJeffrey Sopel
11:23 26 Oct 22
A great place to learn traditional karate. Very friendly and supportive atmosphere amongst everyone that trains there
Great, traditional Shotokan karate. Highly recommended even/especially for kids. Sensei has a immense patience for them.
Daniel FitzgeraldDaniel Fitzgerald
21:20 19 Apr 19
I have two children enrolled at JKA Gilles Plains.The instructors are incredibly patient and encouraging. My son has a very active mind and can be difficult to manage but the Sensei David has earned his respect.I would highly recommend JKA academy to anyone wanting to learn a martial art with world class instruction and developmental guidance.
Matthew SmithMatthew Smith
04:45 19 Jun 16
The life skills and friends myself and my family have gained from the AAKS will last me a lifetime! World class instruction and guidance cannot be found just anywhere and there is nowhere I would recommend so highly as JKA Adelaide.Matthew Smith2nd Dan JKA

What is Shotokan Karate?

Founder, Funakoshi Gichin used the pen name 'Shoto' and this, despite his wishes, later became the name of the first official Japanese Karate dojo in Tokyo in 1939.

“There is no place in contemporary Karate for different schools. Some instructors, I know, claim to have invented new and unusual kata, and so they arrogate to themselves the right to be called founders of “schools”. Indeed, I have heard myself and my colleagues referred to as the Shotokan school, but I strongly object to this attempt at classification. My belief is that all these “schools” should be amalgamated into one, so that Karate may orderly progress into man’s future.”  Gichin Funakoshi

Who are the JKA?

The Japan Karate Association (JKA) are the World’s foremost authority on traditional Japanese Shotokan style Karate Do.  With a vast membership in over 100 countries, the JKA is the world’s largest and most prestigious karate organisation.  We belong to JKA Karate-Do Australia which is a member of this international organisation led by Jim Wood MBE 7th Dan Shihan Kai.

Our Philosophy

It is our belief that although Karate has a sporting aspect it is a traditional Japanese martial art and should be practiced as such. If required it is an effective form of self-defence and that it should instill in its practitioners discipline, control and confidence. Karate training must incorporate more than just the physical aspects; it must be firmly rooted in etiquette and respect.

Our adult students tell us that karate improves sleep and increases energy. It offers a unique challenge not found in gyms. It is not just getting fit, but each level presents opportunities to learn and develop new skills.
Parents tell us their children gain confidence and perform better in school

Looking for 'Karate Near Me?"

JKA Karate uniformAre you  looking for Introduction Specials? 
We have Back to school savings for children in primary school using the $100 School Voucher. 
By clicking 'New Students' in the top menu, you can also access exclusive web specials for people of all ages wanting to try Karate for the first time.

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A variety of karate videos, styles 

We have free onsite parking at the front and back of Marcia Avenue

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3/615 North East Road, Gilles Plains SA 5086


Gilles Plains Dojo near Adelaide