About the IFKKA


We are the Australian Representatives for the International Federation of Karate (IFK), a UK based international kyokushin organisation, led by 10th dan Hanshi Steve Arneil.

In 1991, before Mas Oyama died, the UK based Hanshi Steve Arneil, (go here for more information about Hanshi) formed the International Federation of Karate (IFK). He still calls his karate Kyokushin, and he still teaches it as it was originally taught to him by Mas Oyama. He was the first person to complete the the 100 man kumite after Mas Oyama.

After Mas Oyama died, a few of the Australian kyokushin instructors decided to avoid the ensuing confusion, and chose to affiliate with the IFK rather than with one of the many Japanese organisations springing up. Thus was born the International Federation of Karate Kyokushinkai Australia Inc. (IFKKA). Our logo, on this page, combines Kanku and the IFK logo.

We currently have clubs in Sydney's Inner West (Newtown, Petersham, and in Five Dock), and one in Melbourne, Victoria.

We welcome beginners and advanced students (no matter what martial art) and we invite other clubs and instructors to join us too.

If you would like to train with us, you can contact us via the Locations page, where you can find contact details for our clubs.

The first lesson is free for you to try and see how you like it.

If you are an already an instructor in Australia, Kyokushin or otherwise, and would like to join us, here is some information on how you might do so.













Kyokushin Kanji

The Kyokushin Kanji is the most recognised symbol of Kyokushin.
It is a stylised version of the characters that make up the name.


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