Striking Arts

 Striking Arts

Striking methods include those commonly found in Karate, Kick boxing, boxing, & Muay Thai. We use all methods of striking & evasion, providing effective self defence whilst improving fitness.


Karate is one of the most direct and efficient forms of martial art. Mention karate to some and they think of a simple series of basic punching and kicking techniques. However, Karate is a very broad martial art concept that places a strong emphasis on many methods of unarmed combat – including but not limited to, all methods of:

  • striking
  • punching
  • kicking
  • blocking
  • clinching
  • tripping
  • trapping
  • locking
  • sweeping
  • and evasion

to successfully defend against an attacker.

Benefits of Karate

Karate teaches the student to use all parts of the human anatomy as a weapon including, fingers, fists, palms, elbows, feet, knees, and even the head.

Like all martial arts, the premise of the art is avoid conflict wherever possible. However, when called upon in times of defence, Karate allows you to inflict maximum results against an attacker or attackers in the shortest possible time. Students studying Karate at Perth Martial Arts Academy will learn to strike an attacker’s vulnerable areas with frequency, precision, correct timing, and speed. Utilising the best understanding of body mechanics and physics, you will learn how to turn an attackers weaknesses into your strengths.

Karate techniques are extremely effective for self-defence and often the first method of self-defence taught to new students in the Perth Martial Arts Academy self-defence system as they are the quickest techniques to learn and the easiest to employ in real world situations. Furthermore, it can be difficult to learn how to defend against striking, punches, elbows, knees, and kicks if a student doesn’t have a realistic comprehension of these methods of attack. Subsequently, although not mandatory, we encourage all new students, even those primarily focused on grappling arts like Jiu-jitsu, to do some basic foundation work in Karate to enhance their understanding of these potential assaults so they can be better prepared.

History of Karate

Karate has a long history in Japan and has been around in one form another for hundreds of years. The training methods of Karate taught at the academy cover every aspect related to successful skill development and include classical and modern practices for the best of both worlds. Karate can be broken down into two very versatile main components, the ‘hard’ and the ‘soft’, which can also be melded into ‘hard-soft’ methods.

As with Jiu-jitsu and Aiki-jujitsu, Soft does not imply inferior or weaker – rather an emphasis is placed on flow, timing, and blending with an attacker. In the same vein, Hard does not immediately imply rigid – just structurally strong with a focus on posture and correct body mechanics to deliver greater force and impact. Breathing, posture, and correct movement are intrinsically connected in the practice of Karate and vital for health, well-being, and longevity in martial arts and life. Whilst training in our Karate classes, you will learn to defend against the most common assaults encountered including, restraints and holds, attacks with weapons, ground-fighting assaults and, multiple attackers. Karate is suitable for any person, regardless of body type, size, age, or gender.

Perth Martial Arts Academy Karate will improve your fitness, flexibility, strength, coordination, concentration, focus, resilience, confidence and self-defence skills in a safe and supportive instructional environment. Students are never left to their own devices. The instructors will always be there to help you every step of the way, working with you to be the best you can be. If you just want to shed some weight, get into great shape, tone-up, develop better self-defence skills, or develop a greater understanding of yourself, or do all of these things, then Perth Martial Arts Academy’s Karate is definitely a martial art you should experience.