Southern Cross Martial Arts is a progressive traditional martial arts school. This means we stick to the traditional core values and the pragmatism of old school martial arts, whilst at the same time applying modern teaching methods, modern training practices and more than a dash of psychology.

Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of the flame.

Gustav Mahler

Southern Cross Martial Arts is a relative newcomer in Ballarat, only opening its doors in 2019. The organisation is much older than that though and the head instructors had a Dojo in Ballarat in the 1990’s before heading to Queensland for work.

At our heart we are a karate school and our core art is the Okinawa Goju Ryu of Hanshi Masaji Taira (9th dan). We also teach the old Okinawan weapon system from the Dojo of Hanshi Masakazu Kinjo (9th dan) of the Ryukyu Kobudo Hozonkai. Both of these arts orignate in Okinawa, the old Ryukyu Kingdom in the heart of the Pacific, which is the birthplace of Karate.

If it works, use it. If it does not, discard it!

Our well-balanced Martial Arts and Karate programs are evidence based and build on the martial traditions of centuries past, with the modern focus. Our kids classes are age specific to suit evelopmental learning stages. All of our classes focus on the needs of the individual within the wider community of the Dojo.

Red Dragons (8-12yo) lining up for class
Red Dragons (8-12yo) lining up for class

Martial arts training has been proven time and time again to provide participants with increased resilience, discipline, self-esteem, fitness and integrity. By following the high-standards we’ve set for ourselves, our amazing and professional Karate instructors bring out the best in you and increase your quality of life.

Junior Dragons (5-7yo) working their discipline skill during a grading.

We achieve this with a progressive blend of old and new that includes ancient philosophies and modern sports psychology with relevant self-defense skills, traditional martial arts templates (kata) and training principles and methodologies that offer the best of the new, with the best of the old.

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought.

Matsuo Basho

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