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About Karate Academy Sydney


Karate Academy Sydney practices a traditional style of karate, known as Goju Ryu (Hard/Soft Style) developed by Chojun Miyagi Sensei. At the Karate Academy Sydney we strive to develop mind, body and spirit (Shin Gi Tai) in a safe encouraging environment. We believe that by taking our training seriously we facilitate each and every individuals potential to achieve their personal best and establish solid foundations for life.

Karate Academy Sydney invites you to join us on an endless journey of discovery and development in martial arts. We aim to ensure everyone is given the opportunity to feel empowered while learning martial arts at their own pace in a safe and enjoyable environment. Read about our classes and courses for children, teenagers, women and men of all ages and skill level.

“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 have been trained to the highest level and have been inspired to pass on their knowledge to our new members. You’ll be sure to feel supported and encouraged to success in our positive environment.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s never too late to learn karate. Whether you are in school or retired, karate is a great discipline for health, confidence and strength. At Karate Academy Sydney we make sure all our lessons are enjoyable and rewarding.

Talk to us today to find out how you can join.


Learn more about us



Jessica Vetrisano

Sensei – Head Instructor

– 3rd Dan Black Belt – Goju Ryu Karate-Do Seiwakai
– 3 rd 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, Australia Karate Do Federation Inc. (AKF) and Ryuku Kodudo Shimbukan Okinawa.

Karate-Do is a lifetime study -Kenwa Mabuni


Chris Vetrisano

Instructor – Senpai

  • 2nd Dan Black Belt Goju Ryu Seiwakai
  • 2nd Dan Black Belt JKF Goju Kai (All Japan Karate Federation)
  • 1st Dan Black Belt Ryukyu Shimbukan Kobudo
  • Senior First Aid
  • Duke of Edinburgh -Gold

Chris first started his karate journey at the age of 6 in Goju Ryu under the guidance of Pat Drago Shihan in 2007. Chris competed in many Koshiki tournaments held in Barrel and Picton. Chris later joined Seiwakai with Glenn Stephenson Shihan in 2013 and competed in inter-club tournaments. Chris achieved his 1st Dan under the guidance of Jessica Vetrisano. He is also studying Ryukyu Shimbukan Kobudo under Hiroshi Akamine Kaicho.


Alex Vetrisano

Instructor -Senpai

  • 2nd Dan Black Belt Goju Ryu Seiwakai
  • 2nd Dan Black Belt JKF Goju Kai (All
  • Japan Karate Federation)
  • Duke of Edinburgh – Silver
  • 4th Kyu Ryuku Shimbukan Kobudo

Alex first started training in Gojuryu under the guidance of Pat Drago Shihan in 2007 at the age of 4 and a half. Where he competed in various Koshiki tournaments. In 2012 he joined Seiwakai, training with Glenn Stephenson Shihan. He competed in club tournaments. Alex achieved his 1st Dan under the guidance of Jessica Vetrisano and has continued to represent the club by entering in the JKF National Championships, held in the Goldcoast. He is currently studying Ryukyu Shimbukan kobudo under Hiroshi Akamine Kaicho.
and is a member of the State Team, he recently competed in the Nationals held in Tasmania.

“With power, comes great responsibility” – Alex /Spiderman



Instructor – Senpai

  • 2nd Dan Black Belt Goju Ryu Seiwakai
  • 1st Dan Black Belt JKF Goju Kai (All Japan Karate Federation)
  • Senior First Aid

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



Junior Instructor – Senpai

  • 2nd Dan Black Belt Goju Ryu Seiwakai
  • 2nd Kyu Ryuku 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 some kids classes.



 Sensei – Instructor

– 2nd Dan Black Belt Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan.

Pete travels to Okinawa yearly to grade and keep up to date with his Kobudo training, under the guidance of Akamine Kaicho. Pete Branch together with Jessica Vetrisano have opened up the only Shimbukan Dojo in N.S.W.

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

Contact Details


Unit 8/23 Garema Circuit, Kingsgrove NSW 2208 Sydney Australia


0411 199 735



Trading Hours


09:30 - 20:00

Tuesday - Thursday

09:30 - 20:00


08:30 - 18:30


10:30 - 4:30