Looking for karate lessons in Perth? International Goju Karate Schools is a karate club for people of all ages. We provide the training you need to develop traditional Goju karate skills. As a result, you will build confidence, respect and self-discipline. We call it ‘fitness with purpose’. Read on to discover more about our karate club. Or contact our friendly team for a free lesson at one of our Perth dojos.


International Goju Karate Schools was founded a decade ago by Sensei Rod Darling. His goal was to share the immense benefits of karate with as many people as possible. Although Sensei Darling trains in many styles, he is heavily influenced by the great Hanshi Tino Ceberano, 9th dan.


International Goju Karate Schools has grown to include hundreds of members. Karate classes are offered at 13 locations across Perth and 3 locations in Newcastle. Students learn Goju Karate using modern teaching methods with a distinct focus on fun.


In 2006 Sensei Rod Darling and Sensei Paul Newton started Kanga Karate. Designed for children as young as 4 years old, Kanga Karate is a popular karate class for kids across Perth and Newcastle. The program promotes healthy living while boosting your child’s self-esteem. All in a fun and friendly environment.

Supplementary Syllabus

To complement our karate syllabus, students can study Arnis – the Philippine stick fighting system practice be the Filipino Elusive Warrior. Contact our karate club to find out more about our supplementary syllabus.

IGKS Nov/Dec 21 offer

Having done some “comparison shopping” and also previously had the experience of “buying a lemon” that ended in tears because my 2 children were scared of the person dressed in black that yelled and screamed out instructions as if it was a military bootcamp, you and your fellow instructors did otherwise. You’re approach in teaching karate is with humour, gentle but with firm encouragement and emphasizing on the basics is really bringing evident positive results. My children have developed Physically, personally and socially through their experiences. The important thing of course is that they enjoy it and always count the number of sleeps until it’s karate day. I want to thank you and recommend your Karate school to any potential parents and students.

Simon Inglis

My 5 year old son Tristan as you know has always been one of those kids with lots of energy and often had difficulty sitting still, he is also easily disctracted and he found it hard to concentrate for periods of time. After searching and searching at seversal clubs, we enrolled him with IGKS attracted by the non – contact aspect and the wonderful skills of your instructors. I really like the way you impart discipline, empathy, focus and life skills. I was very proud of Tristan last week when he received an honour certificate at school for much improved behaviour and I feel your karate lessons are a key element in this improvement. I appreciate your karate class and I just want to thank you so much for the improvement of my son.

Lou Castle

My family has been involve with IGKS since year 2005. My son and daughter started at a very young age (5 & 9) and through the patience and encouragement of Rod, they’ve improved their confidence to deal with issues outside to the karate dojo. My daughter is now an assistant and is also teaching younger students.

I would definitely recommend IGKS to anybody considering martial arts for their family. Be on the look out for the martial arts clubs and limited outcomes they offer.

Terry Dunne