There is no first strike in karate.
Gichin Funakoshi

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, and an international board of directors.

In 1991, before Mas Oyama died, the UK based Hanshi Steve Arneil 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.


IFKKA logo 2cmAfter Mas Oyama died, a few of the Australian kyokushin instructors decided to avoid the ensuing confusion, and in 1995 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). The logo for this organisation combined both the Kyokushin Kanku and the IFK logo. The organisation was incorporated as a not-for-profit association with the NSW government, with a board, and a constitution.

Name change

We have since renamed our organisation to International Federaton of Karate Australia, and our current logo, at the top of this page is simply the IFK logo with the word Australia added. This also makes us consistent with our counterparts in other countries.

Locations and training

We currently have clubs in Sydney's Inner West - Newtown, Petersham, and in Five Dock.

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 clubs usually offer one or two free lessons, so if you'd like to give it a go, just contact them.

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.


Forms and Documents

Useful information


Tournament Information

  • IFK-AU Full Contact Rules
  • IFK Junior Contact Rules
  • IFK-AU Medical Form for full contact
  • IFK-AU Contact Weight Guidelines


We cover the suburbs of Abbotsford, Annandale, Ashbury, Ashfield, Balmain, Balmain East, Beaconsfield, Birchgrove, Breakfast Point, Burwood, Burwood Heights, Cabarita, Camperdown, Canada Bay, Chiswick, Concord, Concord West, Croydon, Croydon Park, Drummoyne, Dulwich Hill, Earlwood, Enfield, Enmore, Erskineville, Eveleigh, Five Dock, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Haberfield, Homebush, Hurlstone Park, Leichhardt, Lewisham, Liberty Grove, Lilyfield, Marrickville, Marrickville South, Mortlake, Newtown, North Strathfield, Rodd Point, Rozelle, Russell Lea, St Peters, Stanmore, Strathfield, Strathfield South, Summer Hill, Sydenham, Tempe, and Ultimo.