In the bustling suburb of Coburg, the World Shotokan Karate-do of Australia stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of martial arts. Under the leadership of Sensei John Haitidis, this Karate Dojo has become a bastion of tradition, discipline, and excellence. The benefits of learning Karate from Sensei John extend far beyond physical techniques, encompassing character development, community engagement, and a lifelong journey of self-discovery. For over five decades, the World Shotokan Karate-do of Australia has shaped individuals not just into skilled martial artists but into contributing members of society, carrying the values of Karate into every facet of their lives.

Sensei John Haitidis

Sensei John Haitidis, a true master of Karate. With a rich lineage and a deep-rooted passion for the martial arts, he brings technical expertise & a holistic approach to teaching. Sensei John's commitment to the art is evident in his constant pursuit of knowledge, ensuring that his students receive the most authentic and comprehensive Karate education.

Our Dojo


In the heart of Coburg, Victoria, our dojo has stood the test of time, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of Australian Karate. Our Dojo stands not just as a place of physical training but as a sanctuary where values like respect, discipline, and perseverance are instilled in every student who passes through its doors.

The Legacy


Founded in 1974, the World Shotokan Karate-do of Australia has been the cornerstone of martial arts education, nurturing generations of individuals in the art of Shotokan Karate. Sensei John Haitidis, a revered master with decades of experience, has dedicated his life to preserving and advancing the legacy of this traditional martial art. A beacon of excellence.

Community Impact and Outreach

The impact of World Shotokan Karate-do of Australia extends beyond its four walls. Sensei John Haitidis is actively involved in community outreach programs, promoting the benefits of martial arts in character development, self-defense, and community building. Coburg Dojo is not just a place for learning Karate; it’s a hub for personal growth and community engagement.