Welcome to the club

Melbourne Dragons Martial Arts is a social sporting club that has been established for members of the same-gender attracted, and sexually diverse community, and our allies that reside in Melbourne.

Regardless of how you identify, if you seek to learn self-defence and practice martial arts in a safe, inclusive, and accepting space – we would love for you to join us!


Discover new friendships

Our club is the perfect place to form new friendships. Create personal connections through sport, and focus on your well-being with a group of like-minded individuals.

We also engage in social events and encourage members and friends to come and socialise together outside of our training hours.

It is easy to get involved, and we are always welcoming of new members to train, and mix around with.


Learn a practical martial art

We offer training in Goju Ryu Karate, through our experienced head instructor – Sensei Damian Wilson. Our classes include standard Karate techniques (punches, kicks, strikes) which have been influenced by Muay Thai (kickboxing).

Goju Ryu (剛柔流) Japanese for ‘Hard – Soft’ Style, can be translated to mean “The Strong and Gentle Way” and is one of the main traditional karate originating in Okinawa in the 1930s by Chojun Miyagi Sensei. This simple philosophy allows for the merging of traditional techniques and principles with modern trends and attitudes to provide self-defence techniques that are relevant in today’s society.

Goju Ryu Karate also incorporates principles and practices such as: breaking of balance, locks and holds, throws, vital point striking, and grappling.


Grading and Kyu (coloured) belts

Challenge yourself and measure your achievements through the Goju Ryu Karate grading process. Like most other martial arts, Goju Ryu Karate utilises a belt system to monitor the progress of students. Students are encouraged to work through our Goju Ryu belt systems at their own pace. Our belts system includes: White (beginner), Red, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Green, Purple, Brown, and Black.

Mudansha (Kyu – Coloured belt) grading are held four times a year (on the last Sunday of March, June, September and November). The grading process is a formal assessment of the skills and techniques that have been obtained by the student.