Martial arts

Martial arts

As well as being a form of self defense, martial arts are also a great way to improve fitness, coordination and self-esteem. There are many disciplines of martial arts including judo, karate, taekwondo and ju-jitsu. Most martial arts clubs welcome recreational and competitive participants.

Download our martial arts fact sheet for more details.

Local programs

Contact your local martial arts club for information about come and try opportunities and membership. For a list of martial arts clubs in your area, visit:

If you would like assistance making contact with your local martial arts club, please contact the relevant state sports organisation. Download the martial arts fact sheet for contact details.

Large martial arts group, including a female with shortened arms performing a high kick


Coaching and development opportunities are provided through local martial arts clubs and governing bodies for the sport.

Competition opportunities and pathways

Judo is the only martial arts discipline that currently offers opportunities for participants with a disability to compete at state, national and international competition. Judo is a Paralympic sport for people with a vision impairment.

Judo participants need to be classified to compete national and international level.


Equipment varies for each different discipline of martial arts.

Other roles

You don’t have to participate in martial arts to be involved. You can make a contribution as a volunteer, coach, team manager, official, administrator of the sport or as an enthusiastic supporter. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact your local martial arts club.

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