Our dojos

The dojo is a place to be made special for practicing a special martial art. In the Kintora Shotokan dojo, the observation of basic forms of etiquette is integral to the creation of a respectful and attentive atmosphere, which is conducive to learning.

We have four dojos. One in New Town, one in Margate and one in St Helens in Northern Tasmania. The New Town instructor is Suzie Jones (5th Dan), the Margate instructor is Frank Hussey (6th Dan) and the St Helens instructor is Catelyne Carpenter (3rd kyu). There is a Kintora dojo in Yarralumla ACT under instructor Michael Jones, 2nd Dan.

Sensei Suzie Jones is the Head of Style and Chief Instructor for Kintora Shotokan. She started martial arts training in 1987 and is a 5th Dan Black Belt in Shotokan karate. She coordinates dojos in both the north and south of the state, is a State Kata Coach with the Australian Karate Federation Tasmania and holds Bronze level coaching qualifications through the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS).

Sensei Frank Hussey is the Chief Instructor at the Kintora Margate dojo and has more than 45 years experience teaching karate. He is a 6th Dan Black Belt in Shotokan karate and Shodan in Iaido and Nidan in Jodo,  Sensei Frank holds a Bronze level NCAS karate coaching qualification through the Australian Karate Federation and is an AKF National Referee. He is President of the Australian Karate Federation Tasmania Inc and in 2016 was awarded Life Membership in AKF Tas. He is also a Sports Medicine Australia Level 1 Sports Trainer.

Sempai Catelyne Carpenter is the instructor at our St Helens Dojo. For information contact Catelyne on 0400 280 103

Yarralumla instructors Michael & Kate Jones are 2nd Dan Shotokan Black Belts who have been trained through the Australian Sports Commission's National Coaching Accreditation Scheme. They are AKF certified tournament judges & they also have Working With Vulnerable People certification.