Meet The Newcastle Karate Team
Director | Head Instructor | Black Belter
Sensei Marc Mathews has 25 years experience in training and teaching martial arts.
He has obtained black belts in four different styles of karate and Kenpo Jutsu.
Sensei Marc has a 1st degree black belt in Shorinjiryu karate, a traditional Okinawan karate style, a 1st degree black belt in Koshiki karate, a sport based karate style. Marc also holds a 1st degree black belt in Aiki Kenpo Jujutsu and a 4th degree black belt in Koryu Uchinadi.
Sensei Marc has achieved senior ranks in Kudo a Japanese MMA and is currently focusing his studies in Brazilian Jiu jitsu for the last 4 years.
After many years competing in sport karate and reaching state and national levels, Sensei Marc gained a wealth of knowledge in developing effective and practical fighting combinations for rule bound competitions.
In addition to the rule bound martial arena, Sensei Marc has gained extensive knowledge in self-defence applications, having worked as a security guard and doorman.
Sensei Marc has successfully programmed and delivered large scale self defense programs, catering for up to 100 students at a time. To effectively teach an audience of that size, a polished and engaging program is required in order for students to progress and achieve the desired outcome.
Sensei Marc has successfully gained this teaching experience from running many karate schools across Sydney’s most prestigious private schools such as Scott’s College, Newington Prep and Maris Brothers.
What Our Martial Arts Students & Parents Are Saying
I've wanted to join a kickboxing class for a long time but being a bigger woman I was apprehensive. I liked the Newcastle Karate page, read the reviews and watched the video clips and decided to give the two free classes a go. Marc and the ladies were so welcoming. I felt so comfortable. After the second class I was keen to join. Looking forward to continuing on with classes and getting fitter. Ladies’ Kickboxing is the highlight of my week!
My husband and I had been looking around for a karate class for our son & when we walked into Newcastle Karate not only were we impressed by the size of this venue but we were greeted by Marc with a friendly smile & a lot of great information about his classes & his team We didn't feel any pressure to sign up but by the end of the class & the smile on our son's face we knew this was the place for him , he has just received his next belt & is feeling very special so thank you to Marc & his team for giving Jett just what he needed, I constantly tell all my friends about how good this place is.
A very professional and excellently run dojo. From the first class Sensei’s to the large mat area, gym and outstanding facilities. Members are very friendly with a great community feel. My son & I highly recommend it for all ages.
I’ve been training in the Ladies’ Kickboxing class for over a year now and have noticed a huge improvement in my fitness and strength. I really enjoy training in such a fun, friendly and welcoming environment with a supportive group of women and fantastic instructors who are constantly encouraging me to improve my skills.
I have been attending the Ladies’ Kickboxing for almost 3 years. What a great way to learn skills, raise fitness and meet new people. All walks of life have come through the doors and become a part of the Newcastle Karate crew. Friendships have been made, confidence levels have grown, and opportunities to diversify to other classes have been offered. I personally loved my time when I trained with my daughter and saw her grow in strength, confidence and self-defence. It brought comfort to me, knowing she had the basics if she ever required it. This comfortable, relaxed setting is what you make of it. I personally have grown so much from coming here, and love nothing more than to let my frustrations out on the pads.
Newcastle Karate is a fantastic dojo. The facilty is great with lots of mat space and plenty of heavy bags. The instructors are all amazing, a wealth of knowledge between them. I look forward to many years of training with this great team.
My son Isaac began the Kids BJJ classes at the start of the year. He is a shy kid and I still remember the way there for his first lesson he said "Dad what if the kids don't like me". As soon as he got there the kids and coaches made him feel comfortable straight away. Isaac plays other sports but he now tells me he would pick bjj over all of them. I would say his behaviour has also improved since he began his classes. He loves it. Not long after I decided to give the Adults BJJ a go and at 41 years I am really enjoying the challenge. It is very family friendly and I cant recommend enough!
Where is Newcastle Karate?
Unit D 77, Munibung Rd., Cardiff, 2285, NSW, Australia
Phone: 0411 669 669
Open from 4pm Monday to Friday
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling with particular emphasis on ground fighting.
What are the rankings in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu ranking system is a means of signifying a practitioner's increasing levels of technical knowledge and practical skill within the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Coloured belts that are worn as part of the uniform are awarded to the practitioner. White, Blue, Purple, Brown and then Black belt. Each belt has a series of white stripes to signify levels between coloured belts.
What is Karate?
Karate is a Japanese martial art whose physical aspects seek the development of defensive and counterattacking body movements. The word karate is a combination of two kanji (Chinese characters): Kara, meaning empty, and te, meaning hand; thus, karate means "empty hand."
What are the rankings in Karate?
There are 10 kyu’s to achieving black belt. Beginning at white belt (10 Kyu), yellow belt (9 Kyu), orange belt (8 Kyu), green belt (7 Kyu), blue belt (6 Kyu), purple belt (5 kyu), red belt (4 kyu) then brown belt (3 kyu). Once brown belt is achieved, a series of ‘tips’ are added until 10 kyu is reached for Shodan Ho, which is a probationary black belt.
What is Ladies’ Kickboxing?
Our Ladies Kickboxing fitness program has been designed to burn calories through kickboxing drills, involving boxing and kicking. There is no fighting in this program and is ideally suited for ladies who just want to tone up and burn calories and increase fitness.
What are the rankings in Ladies’ Kickboxing?
There are no rankings in the Ladies Kickboxing program. The main goal is to tone up, burn calories and increase your fitness.
Do I need to be strong, flexible and in shape to join martial arts?
No, the purpose of joining our centre is that you will develop your strength, flexibility and improve your fitness with each training session.
How often should I attend a class in a week?
Kids BJJ: We recommend at least twice a week but we offer once a week memberships.
Adults BJJ: We recommend at least twice a week but we offer once a week memberships.
Kids Karate: We recommend at least twice a week but we offer once a week memberships.
Adults Karate: We recommend at least twice a week but we offer once a week memberships.
Ladies Kickboxing: We recommend at least twice a week but we offer once a week memberships.
Thai Boxing: We recommend at least twice a week but we offer once a week memberships.
How large are the classes?
Kids BJJ: Generally under 10 students per class.
Adults BJJ: 10-15 students.
Kids Karate: 10-20 depending on the age group of the program.
Adults Karate: 15-20 students.
Ladies Kickboxing: 12-20 students.
What happens if I miss a class?
No worries! Simply cancel your class, via our app prior to your class starting and then rebook into a class that you can attend. Our app is perfect for shift workers!
What is the age requirement for each program?
Kids BJJ: 7-15 years old.
Adults BJJ: 15+ years old.
Dragons 4-7 years old.
Juniors 8-12 years old.
Adults Karate: 13+ years old.
Ladies Kickboxing: 13+ years old.
Thai Boxing: 13+ years old.
Are there any private lockers for members?
Yes, simply bring a padlock to secure your belongings.
What do you wear to practice or train and where can I get them?
Newcastle Karate has special discounts on uniforms (Gi) for members wishing to trial our kids and adults Karate or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class trials.
Equipment such as boxing gloves, MMA gloves, shin guards, mouth guards, hand wraps and pads can be purchased at our store, located at our training facility.
Is it okay to attend a class as a visitor?
Sure! Simply contact us, so we can book you into the appropriate class. However, our introduction trial deals are such great value, that you would be crazy not to take advantage of the trial offers, to sample a program.