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About Karate Academy Sydney


Welcome to Karate Academy Sydney! We are a family-oriented dojo that has been proudly serving the Kingsgrove community since 2014. Our dojo practices the traditional style of karate called Goju Ryu, which was developed by the esteemed Chojun Miyagi Sensei.

At Karate Academy Sydney, we are dedicated to fostering the growth of mind, body, and spirit (Shin Gi Tai) in all of our students. Our goal is to create a safe and encouraging environment where individuals can flourish. We firmly believe that by taking our training seriously, we can help each student reach their full potential and establish a strong foundation for life.

Whether you’re a beginner or have previous martial arts experience, we invite you to join us on an endless journey of discovery and development in the martial arts. Our classes and courses cater to children, teenagers, women, and men of all ages and skill levels. We understand that everyone learns at their own pace, and we strive to provide each individual with the opportunity to feel empowered while enjoying the process.

Come and explore the various classes and courses we offer. From specialized programs for children to self-defense classes for women, we have something for everyone. Our experienced instructors are passionate about sharing their knowledge and helping you achieve your goals.

Join us at Karate Academy Sydney and experience the transformative power of martial arts. Together, we can build a strong and supportive community dedicated to personal growth and well-being.

“The ultimate aim of karate-do is to build character, conquer human misery, and find spiritual freedom”- Chōjun Miyagi

Our Instructors


Each of our instructors has been trained to the highest level and is dedicated to passing on their extensive knowledge and expertise to our new members. With their guidance, you can be confident that you will receive the highest quality instruction and support in our positive and nurturing environment.

At Karate Academy Sydney, we believe that it’s never too late to start learning karate. Regardless of your age or background, karate provides numerous benefits for your physical and mental well-being. Whether you’re a student looking for a new way to stay active or a retiree seeking to improve your strength and confidence, karate can be a rewarding discipline for individuals of all ages.

Our classes are designed to be enjoyable and rewarding, ensuring that you have a great experience while learning and progressing in your karate journey. We understand that everyone has different goals and learning styles, which is why our instructors tailor their teaching to meet the needs of each student. Whether you’re looking to improve your fitness, learn self-defense techniques, or simply have fun, our classes will provide you with the tools and guidance you need to succeed.

Don’t wait any longer to embark on your karate journey. Contact us today to find out how you can join and become a part of our supportive and empowering community. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help you get started on your path to personal growth and achievement.


Learn more about us



Jessica Vetrisano

Sensei – Chief Instructor

4th Dan Black Belt – Goju Ryu Karate-Do Seiwakai
4th Dan Black Belt – JKF Goju Kai (All Japan Karate Federation)
1st Dan Black Belt – Goju Ryu Australia. Sensei
1st Dan Black Belt Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan

Jessica is a member of KAJ Goju Ryu Seiwakai Australia (Karate Academy of Japan), Goju Ryu Karate Do Seiwakai Australia. All Japan Karate Do Federation Goju Kai Australia Inc, Australasian Federation of Traditional Karate & Kobudo (AFTK) and Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan Okinawa.

Karate-Do is a lifetime study -Kenwa Mabuni


Chris Vetrisano

Sensei- Instructor 

  • 3rd Dan Black Belt Goju Ryu Seiwakai
  • 3rd Dan Black Belt JKF Goju Kai (All Japan Karate Federation)
  • 2nd Dan Black Belt Ryukyu Shimbukan Kobudo
  • Senior First Aid
  • Duke of Edinburgh -Gold
At the young age of 6, Chris embarked on his karate journey under the expert tutelage of Pat Drago Shihan in 2007, specializing in Goju Ryu. Throughout his karate career, Chris actively participated in numerous Koshiki tournaments, showcasing his skill and determination in locations such as Barrel and Picton.

In 2013, seeking further growth and challenges, Chris made the decision to join Seiwakai, under the guidance of the esteemed Glenn Stephenson Shihan. This new chapter in his karate journey opened doors to inter-club tournaments, allowing Chris to test his abilities against fellow practitioners from different dojos.

Chris’s dedication and hard work paid off as he progressed through the ranks, achieving his Dan grades under the watchful eye of Jessica Vetrisano Sensei. Her guidance and expertise have played a pivotal role in shaping Chris into the skilled karateka he is today.

Not content with solely focusing on empty-hand techniques, Chris has also delved into the art of Ryukyu Shimbukan Kobudo. Under the esteemed mentorship of Hiroshi Akamine Kaicho, he is currently studying this traditional Okinawan martial art, enriching his knowledge and understanding of the martial arts world.

Chris’s karate journey serves as an inspiring testament to his commitment, perseverance, and thirst for continuous improvement. With each passing year, he has grown both as a practitioner and an individual, embodying the true spirit of karate.

As Chris continues to evolve in his karate pursuits, we eagerly anticipate the great things that lie ahead for him. His unwavering dedication and passion for the martial arts will undoubtedly lead him to even greater achievements in the future.


Alex Vetrisano

Sensei- Instructor 

  • 3rd Dan Black Belt Goju Ryu Seiwakai
  • 3rd Dan Black Belt JKF Goju Kai (All
  • Japan Karate Federation)
  • Duke of Edinburgh – Silver
  • 1st Dan Black Belt Shimbukan Kobudo

At the tender age of 4 and a half, Alex embarked on his martial arts journey in Gojuryu, under the expert guidance of Pat Drago Shihan in 2007. From the very beginning, Alex displayed a natural talent and passion for the art, which led him to compete in a range of exhilarating Koshiki tournaments.

Seeking new challenges and opportunities for growth, Alex joined Seiwakai in 2012, under the esteemed mentorship of Glenn Stephenson Shihan. This transition opened doors to club tournaments where Alex could put his skills to the test against fellow practitioners.

Under the guideance  of Jessica Vetrisano, Alex dedicated himself to his training, resulting in the achievement of his Dan grades. Recognized for his exceptional abilities, Alex had the incredible opportunity to represent the club in the prestigious JKF National Championships, held in the vibrant Gold Coast. Displaying immense resilience and skill, Alex showcased his talent on a national level, leaving a lasting impression on all who witnessed his performance.

Continuing his pursuit of martial arts excellence, Alex has also delved into the intricate art of Ryukyu Shimbukan kobudo. Guided by the esteemed Hiroshi Akamine Kaicho, Alex is currently immersing himself in the study of this traditional Okinawan martial art. This additional discipline further enriches his knowledge and understanding of the martial arts world.

Alex’s dedication, talent, and unwavering commitment have not gone unnoticed, as he has been chosen as a member of the State Team. This recognition has allowed him to compete at both national and international levels, representing not only his club but his entire state with honor and distinction.

As Alex’s martial arts journey continues to unfold, we eagerly anticipate the remarkable achievements that lie ahead for him. 


Monique Fatseas

Senpai- Instructor 

  • 2nd Dan Black Belt Goju Ryu Seiwakai
  • 2nd Dan Black Belt JKF Goju Kai (All Japan Karate Federation)
  • 3rd Kyu Shimbukan Kobudo
  • 3rd Place Kumite in the 49th JKF World Tournament 

Monique first started her martial arts journey with Jessica Vetrisano Sensei at Karate Academy Bexley in 2014. Monique has entered many interclub tournaments placing in every one of them. Monique is currently practising Ryukyu Shimbukan kobudo in the Sydney dojo under Hiroshi Akamine Kaicho.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started”
– Mark Twain



Senpai- Instructor 

  • 2nd Dan Black Belt Goju Ryu Seiwakai
  • 1st Dan Black Belt JKF Goju Kai (All Japan Karate Federation)
  • 1st Dan Black Belt Shimbukan Kobudo

Sabrina began her karate journey at a very young age of 4 years. She attended classes with her mum and brothers. Over the years she has entered in many tournaments receiving State Titles in karate and Kobudo. She has had the opportunity to attend many seminars held by very high ranks. Sabrina has a great rapport with kids and adults, she currently teaches most of our kids classes.



Instructors – Chris Vetrisano & Jessica Vetrisano

– 2nd Dan Black Belt Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan.

Instructors make trips to Okinawa to grade and keep up to date with their Kobudo training, under the guidance of Akamine Kaicho. 

Without questions, there is no learning


What is Goju Ryu Karate?

Goju Ryu Karate is a traditional hard/soft style karate developed by Chojun Miyagi Sensei and practiced at Karate Academy Sydney.

What are your operating times?

The dojo is open from Tuesday to Thursday offering 9.30am – 7.30pm. We also offer personal training sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Can I work with a personal trainer?

Yes. Personal trainers are available. Trainers use a mix of cardio and weight training and incorporate karate styles into the training. Our trainers are dedicated to helping you reach your fitness goals.

How do I cancel my membership?

By enrolling with the Karate Academy Sydney, you are committing to each of the classes you have chosen. These classes are charged fortnightly. Class numbers are limited, therefore as a courtesy, we ask, for a minimum of 2 weeks notice of discontinuance via email.

How do I book a place in a class?

You can book a class by completing the enquiry form on our contact us page, or by calling 0411 199 735.

Can I bring my family members to the dojo?

Definitely. We encourage all families to join. We even offer family discounts. Talk to us today!

Is the dojo for hire?

Yes. We have the space available for seminars and yoga/pilates classes. Call us or send us an email with your enquiry.

Do you offer kids parties?

Yes. We offer kids parties Saturday and Sundays. Your child will be the Sensei and Master of the Dojo! Check out our Kids Party Page for more information.



4 class plus a FREE Uniform



The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants- Gichin Funokoshi