Chief Instructor: Owen Povey


"Reidy Park Centre"

O'Halloran Terrace

Mount Gambier

Training in Kyokushin Full Contact Karate
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The Founder of the the Mount Gambier Martial Arts Academy was Sensei Owen Povey, 4th Dan Black Belt, which is now overseen by his son, Sensei Greg Povey & Owen's wife, Sensei Keryn Povey.


Sensei Owen was a dual black belt holder and attained a 4th Dan in Kyokushinkai Karate and a 3rd Dan in Seidokaikan Karate. He first commenced training in 1980 under his original instructor, Sensei Michael Manefield.

Sensei Owen won a State Full Contact Title and achieved runner-up twice and had also competed at National Level. His knowledge and experience gained, has lead to many successful State, National and International fighters emerging from the Mount Gambier Martial Arts Academy. His wife Keryn, children John, Greg, Angela, Robert and Chris have all achieved their black belts and beyond.


In 1988 Sensei Owen began running Kyokushin in Mount Gambier at Legion’s Hall on O’Halloran Terrace. In 2000 the club moved to its present address at “The Reidy Park Centre” on O’Halloran Terrace and at that time became the Mount Gambier Martial Arts Academy.


The Mount Gambier Martial Arts Academy offers a 15m x 15m training matt plus a separate 9m x 7m training matt for younger junior classes. The Dojo has a boxing ring, weights area, hanging bags and mirrors.


The karate classes cover all aspects of Kyokushin karate, teaching basics, kata, self defence, fighting skills, full contact and non-contact sparring, to the more traditional side. Classes are available for males and females of all ages, starting at 4 years old. Sensei Greg & Sensei Keryn and their qualified Black Belt instructors teach to improve fitness, strength, flexibility, discipline and confidence.


Sensei Owen, over his 34 years of training, had been influenced by Shihan John Taylor (Australian Kyokushin Karate Association), Sensei Sam Greco - (Seidokaikan Karate) and Sensei Michael Manefield, which has lead to the success and growth of the Mount Gambier Martial Arts Academy. Through Sensei Owen’s teachings and guidance over the years his dojo will continue to achieve new heights in the future.


Mount Gambier Martial Arts Academy is the supplier of Himalayan Goji Juice & Chi3, which we believe compliments our karate lifestyle. Goji Juice provides the majority of life sustaining minerals and nutrients that our bodies need especially for those who train hard; as well as many other health benefits.



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