AUSTRALIAN GOJU KAI KARATE - Brisbane- Goju Ryu Karatedo Shuseikan - Seiwakai International
Goju Ryu Karatedo Shuseikan - Seiwakai International

Workshops / Programs For Primary And Secondary Schools - Student Enrichment Life Skill Based Programs


Our sessions are clearly articulated with established procedures, promoting high quality opportunities and the enhancement of professional culture to increase mindfulness, proficiency of students, reducing stress and anxiety. We improve student engagement for learning, resilience and wellbeing.

We offer programs in schools in and around Brisbane suitable for students as young as four through to teenagers, college, and university students. Students will learn how to train their minds, and how to become more confident in themselves. Our proven approach to martial arts gives immediate benefits in a balance of practical, physical and mindfulness development...

  • These programs are available for all year levels in primary and secondary schools across Brisbane.
  • All students can benefit, including special needs children and those with behavioural issues.
  • This program is available as either one off session or you can book us for the entire school term or year.
  • The programs include facilitation and equipment.
  • Students can wear their school sports clothes
  • Sessions can be run with select groups, classes, entire year levels or the whole school.
  • We bring all the necessary equipment, all you need is a clear covered space.

Bernie Haughey has over 40 years’ experience as a life skills coach, karate instructor and school teacher.
He promotes high quality learning opportunities and the enhancement of a respectful school culture.
As a school teacher who has worked in the community at this level for decades, he can guarantee that school work, initiative and classroom behaviour can be greatly enhanced through the Skills for Life programs, delivered in a disciplined, positive and respectful environment.

Parents and teachers recognise the improvement in the students respect, self-control and confidence

  • Respect for self and others, both inside and outside the classroom
  • Self-discipline, motivation, mindfulness, confidence and resilience
  • Making the right choices in school and life
  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Improved initiative with school work and classroom behaviour
  • Learning valuable Self Defence strategies for physical and mental bullying


Our aim is to provide schools with the skills and resources needed for an optimal learning environment to grow respectful, disciplined, confident, resilient, mature and courteous students.

  • Encourage students to be calm and focused and to reflect on choices through visualization and self-evaluation techniques.
  • To provide students with valuable life skills that will teach them to live a healthy life, with a positive mindset and to apply themselves at school and home.
  • Inspire students to become more enthusiastic and motivated in school.
  • Create life-changing habits and positive behaviour that will lead students to reach their full potential.

Delivery of Skills for Life Programs

  • Inclusive, fun, stimulating and educational
  • The programs include all aspects of facilitation, equipment and insurance – only a clear, covered space is required
  • Tailored to suit your school’s curriculum and/or extra-curricular program, the time available and your desired outcomes
  • These karate-based life skills programs deliver more focused and more engaged learners through body postures, controlled movements, breathing techniques, visualisations combined with creative purposeful activities.
  • Programs are available for children of all ages including those with special needs and behavioural issues
  • Sessions can be run with specific groups and classes or with a mix of ages and ability levels
  • Can be run as a once off session, or as an ongoing program
  • Many schools opt to run multiple 1-2 week programs throughout the year to optimise learning opportunities for all students

Benefits for students, teachers & families

  • Increased mindfulness and proficiency of students
  • Elevation of performance and wellbeing
  • Reinforcing the value of respect for Parents, Teachers and Peers
  • Focus, discipline, perseverance and autonomous organisational skills
  • Students will learn how to train their minds and to become more confident in themselves and their abilities
  • Builds a strong work ethic and a can-do attitude
  • Encourages good character development and a healthy lifestyle
  • Improve physical and mental strength as students learn how to use their minds and bodies positively
  • Enhance and support an anti-bullying culture in school and at home
  • Improve emotional resilience to stress and peer pressure
  • Build self-motivated students and an elevation of performance in the classroom and at home

Parents and teachers recognise the improvement in the students respect, self-control and confidence

Our feedback from parents and teachers is that participating students apply themselves more conscientiously at school and home as they develop greater self-confidence, improved
organisational skills and respect for others.

  • The Japanese procedural self-discipline based program increases the functionality of connecting mind and body.
  • We use developmentally appropriate pedagogy to explain key mindfulness concepts and practices to students.
  • We focus on the value of discipline, planning and persistence and how these traits can be used to establish and reach positive goals.
  • By improving body-mind awareness we nurture a student’s wellbeing.
  • Procedural self-discipline is the ultimate gift for all students.

Our programs target seven significant areas:
Reducing Stress and Anxiety in students

  • Our School-Based Life Skills programs can reduce stress of students and promote happiness.


  • Increasing their fitness with the specific drills and exercises.


  • Educating students on how to avoid and handle situations.
  • Prevents students from becoming the bully through teaching self-control and discipline.


  • Guiding students to have a positive mind set in training, school and home.
  • Learning to apply a positive mind set in their studies as well as other aspects in life.


  • Through our time with the students we emphasis on building their character inside and out giving them the confidence they need to be leaders and good role models in school and society.


  • Engaging students in group activities to increase confidence and participation.
  • Creating a supportive team environment and getting the class to bond through challenging group activities.

Self Defence

  • We target students to experience subsequent improvements in quality of life and feelings of empowerment and control, with freedom from excessive anxiety.
  • Learning the fundamentals of effective anti-bullying strategies and self-defence techniques make students more confident, resilient, adaptable in everyday life at school, home and the community.


Bernie Haughey Shihan 5th Dan Goju Ryu Karate Japan Highly qualified Life Skills and Karate Instructor over 40 years experience. First Aid trained; Bronze Level Coach with The Australian Sports Commission National Chief Australian Goju Kai Karate (AGKK)
Very experienced School Teacher with over 30 years classroom experience

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma of Teaching
  • Cert IV in Theology
  • Direct member of Seiwakai Japan
  • Australian Karate Federation

Please contact Bernie for a one-on-one phone call or meeting which will provide you with an insight into our style of teaching, content and absolute professional approach.

The Life Skills Training is enjoyable and educational.


To inquire about the diverse range of and for more details and bookings for Primary and Secondary School Life Skill Programs 
Contact Bernie Haughey Sensei for more information on 0409 474 494 or by clicking the Life Skills  inquiry booking button below.

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Overview Life Skills Programs are designed to be all inclusive, fun, stimulating and educational. To enhance your school opportunities, school-based karate life skills training provides great variety for students during school hours. Sessions are a combination of fun, learning how to use their bodies, building core values of respect and discipline attained through Karate.

We combine self-discipline, motivation and respect with school sport-based physical activity that students find both stimulating and exciting- leaving parents heartened at the combination of these equally important areas. This innovative program is designed to give students the opportunity to train in a traditional Martial Art within their school extracurricular activities or sporting program. We aim to make students better across the school curriculum and have a positive future.

Students who attend the Life Skills Program are destined to succeed in life because we introduce/ teach them about goals, self-esteem, discipline and persistence from an early age. More importantly, the traits children learn in our unique introduction program will introduce them to some skills that can pay off for the rest of their lives. In a structured environment, we teach students the basic traits like goal setting, reflective practice, motivation and self-esteem. They develop good routines and procedures in everything they do, because we train both the mind and the body.

School students are often placed under significant stress through factors including academic pressures, peer group influences and rapid changes as they progress through adolescence. Many students fail to maintain sufficient physical activity to stay healthy. By introducing a mix of Karate, meditation and breathing exercises can significantly improve their fitness, general health, capacity to study and help reduce stress and anxiety. We are able to customise programs to suit student groups depending on their specific needs and give opportunities for them to reach their full potential.

We educate students on life skills, protective behaviours and conflict resolution to help them avoid problems arising in the first place. Bernie Haughey Shihan has over 40 years experience, he can offer Karate Life skills/ Self Defence Programs/ Workshops at your school.

The format of programs offered by AGKK is completely flexible and can be customised to suit the needs of your school, the time available, age of students and your desired outcomes. We can offer programs ranging from a lecture format to practical well-controlled activities and from one session through to term or yearlong programs.

It has been shown that students who participate in Karate Life Skills Program apply themselves more conscientiously at school and home and are less likely to be bullied or become bullies, as they develop greater self-confidence and respect for others. They will understand the importance of responsible, legal and safe behaviour, learning that mistakes are only setbacks, self-defence, why good nutrition is vital, and the ability to avoid negative peer pressure. All while reinforcing the virtues of hard work, concentration, planning, self-discipline, family and school values.

Accomplishments in our Life Skills Program are often seen in a positive light by prospective employers who rightly attach images of strength, trust and good character to those who particiapte.

We will cover the physical, emotional, psychological, social and life skill essentials of helping young boys and girls achieve success when it comes to living happy, healthy, active lifestyles for now and in the future.

Types of Schools we teach in

We teach at schools throughout Brisbane including Primary, Secondary, Universities, and Schools with students who have special needs. We tailor make our program to ensure the students gain maximum benefit.

Where we teach

We are very mobile, and can cover greater Brisbane. Please contact us for a one-on-one phone call or meeting which will provide you with an insight into our style of teaching, content and absolute professional approach.

Program Benefits
Physical Activities

  • Students will understand the benefits of daily physical activity.
  • Students will understand the importance of setting functional and practical short and long term goals in relation to daily positive routines.
  • Students will have a better understanding of the numerous practical ways in which they can be active, enjoy exercise and accomplish their goals.
  • Students will create a culture of daily physical activity/exercise reducing anxiety, stress and enhance life skills.

Psychological/emotional/social benefits from involvement in the program

  • Students will have improved psychological well-being.
  • Students will be taught how to feel good about being themselves by acknowledging positive things about themselves.
  • Students will develop healthy attitudes to do with communicating, concentrating, responding and healthy habits.
  • Students will be shown how attitudes/beliefs affect behaviour and health.
  • Students will develop a healthier set of attitudes in a way that is unique to each individual on how to make healthier, positive choices in the classroom, home and society.
  • Students will be able to develop and practice individual, healthy, positive decisions.
  • Students will be well informed about making sensible behaviours and classroom patterns.
  • Students will develop psychologically sound behaviours and actions for life.
  • Students will develop proactive life skills with a growth mindset.

Reducing Stress and Anxiety in students

  • Our Life Skills Programs can reduce stress of students and promote happiness.

This can be seen in the following ways;

To begin with the school based Life Skills Karate - based training is a great form of exercise, which contributes to overall physical and mental health. These drills may help reduce stress and anxiety. Engaging in school based lessons helps students in their battle against emotional, physical, and mental stress and ailments. The deep breathing exercises, produce a calming effect on the student. The concentration involved in meditative execution of Karate routines serve to relax the body and provide stillness in the mind during practice.

Our training also involves the learning of techniques useful in stress management such as; breathing and meditation techniques and reacting calmly to stressful situations.

Levels of confidence significantly increase, leading to better communication skills, high self-value and ultimate stress reduction. Our training improves calming the mind which helps calm student fears and helps student project self-confidence. This is particularly important in reducing anxiety and coping with stress, leading to stress reduction.

Our training improves socialization – we develop social support and connectedness, which has been proven to have qualities of stress reduction.

The training improves goal setting through the development of a growth mindset, requiring the setting of targets, strategies needed to overcome obstacles, how can they improve goals and a plan of action in working towards achieving these aims. This repeated over time enables students to set realistic goals and gather the dedication and prudence to work hard and attain them. In effect, students learn valuable skills in goal setting and attainment, which can be replicated in real life occasions, making students to be more productive thus improving their emotional wellbeing and self-image.

Students maintain a healthy weight through self-discipline and Karate exercises whilst gaining massive amounts of self-esteem and confidence. Our unique curriculum of self-development, fitness and fun will teach children all the key traits necessary to succeed in life. Our carefully structured environment will help children develop physically, mentally and socially.

Students will be educated and equipped with strategies to ensure they eat healthy and nutritious meals and snacks to ensure they grow up healthy, fit and strong.

For school-based karate life skills programs

At a recent pastoral care assembly for Years 5 to 10, Bernie Haughey delivered a structured session that focused on enhancing the students' confidence, discipline, calmness and interpersonal relationships.

This, coupled with the differentiated presentation of a school-focused context, allowed for an environment that was fostering positive actions and underlining the core values and expectations of our College.

He provided students with strategies to enrich positive attitudes and constructive self-disciplined behaviours with teachers, peers and achieving their goals.

The purpose of the session was clear and the execution was engaging, enjoyable and meaningful.
Mr Haughey's delivery reinforced dignity in all actions and the importance of students learning from their mistakes.

He made good emphasis on the importance of being courteous, respect for each other, their elders and self- control at school and home. All teachers and students appreciated the thoughtful manner in which Bernie delivered his message.
Ben Niland-Rowe - Program Leader - English Year 7-9, Acting Mooney House Dean Saint Patrick's College Shorncliffe Phone 0419 919 783 

For three years, I have observed Bernie Haughey teaching karate to school students of all ages. Bernie's positive practical approach to Karate commands respect for teachers, parents and guardians while instilling in students the life skills of confidence and resilience. Great enthusiasm, prompted self-discipline, good manners and respect the students responded well. Students were motivated to do well and the sessions are positive and fun modelled on respect, discipline and good energy. Great link to core values and growth mindset. He is able to connect with students at a very appropriate level that they understand, well-paced, clear replication and demonstration of skills. Encouraging to staff and students and inspiring to children to be fit for life in mind and body. I have seen students, both male and female, develop helpful life skills and grow in self-discipline especially at school. I would recommend Bernie Haughey to any primary or secondary school looking to help inspire its students.

Sean O'Kane M.A., M.Ed. Teacher Religious Education | Mt Maria College Petrie P: 3285 5500

I have known Bernie Haughey for over 20 years and can attest to the quality of his teaching methods in both the school classroom and during karate classes. I started karate when I was 15 years old and under Bernie's leadership I learned discipline, respect, persistence, responsibility, teamwork and time management, which were all skills and values that helped me navigate my teenage years and prepared me for my graduate and post graduate studies. I am now a father of four young children and have enrolled my 7 year old boy and 9 year old girl in karate. Bernie has developed age appropriate methods to ensure that younger children progress in their physical and mental wellness, whilst also providing a structured fun environment for the children to thrive.

As an exercise physiologist and national authority in paediatric movement analysis I believe that karate training provides a comprehensive workout for physical wellness across the life span and is an excellent mode of physical training for children of all abilities, including those with neurmusculoskeletal impairment (e.g. children with cerebral palsy). Karate training incorporates fine motor control, proprioceptive awareness, upper and lower body strength and flexibility, core stability, power, timing, coordination, awareness and enhanced reaction time. I would certainly recommend that karate training would be a wonderful addition to a school curriculum.

Chris Carty, B App Sci (HMS), PhDP: 5552 7443
Senior Research Fellow, Menzies Health Institute Queensland
School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University
Clinical Motion Analysis Consultant, Children's Health Queensland
Senior Research Fellow (Hon), School of Medicine, The University of Queensland

I have seen Bernie Haughey Sensei teach the culturally rich traditional Japanese karate and life skill sessions successfully to school students. The sessions have been eagerly joined by the students' right across the different age levels. The delivery is excellent, the manner and the relationship with the students is extremely positive and proactive.

Bernie Haughey Sensei's approach to teaching traditional Japanese karate and life skill sessions are centred in his 40 plus years' experience and his strong cultural links to the Japanese masters. He has an innate capacity to gauge the needs of students from diverse back grounds (primary and secondary) their abilities and levels of achievement, demonstrating his facility to differentiate and cater to individual student requirements in large or small groups.

It is clear to see the important elements of Bernie Sensei's classes are discipline, respect and commitment creating a group of like-minded students who respect each other and work together positively. He creates a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment that facilitates active participation and engagement from his students reinforced by his deep knowledge of the curriculum. Through a conscious curriculum students realise the importance of learning from their mistakes making improvements through critical thinking, self-evaluation and repetition; important life skills for students of all ages. Bernie Sensei teaches more than just self-defence. In today's climate, when technology seems to be broaching a division between health and well-being, Shihan Bernie's no-nonsense approach and passion for traditional Japanese karate is what students desperately need to connect mind and body in everything that they do. Bernie Haughey Sensei is a strong leader in mindfulness education and student wellbeing he provides high-quality learning that respects traditional and contemporary methods.

Paul Berardi Teacher Narangba Valley State High School P: 3385 4555

As a high school teacher I have observed Bernie Sensei with his excellent delivery for building good character, resilience, concentration, and perseverance in students. I can see students studying karate puts many on a positive life path, as it is something that encourages and motivates personal growth through overcoming challenges. Students cultivate more self- esteem. I see students who attend these traditional karate sessions and strategic principles of the art helps keep them more focused and organised with their school work and develops calmer behaviours. The training definitely has an impact on reducing stress and building emotional resilience in students. Many students have embraced the life skills of karate for both the physical and cognitive elements of the classes. I have watched students grow and develop in a relatively short time to become much more confident, respectful and resilient students. He teaches students essential skills like goal setting and reflective practice. Overall, practicing karate for students in schools is the perfect answer to today's overstimulated lifestyle, as it calms the mind and strengthens the body and spirit. I cannot recommend Bernie Sensei highly enough in his very professional, educational, stimulating and positive approach.

Shaun Wiggins Teacher Marist College Ashgrove P: 3858 4555
For more details and bookings for Primary and Secondary School Life Skill Programs 
Contact Bernie Sensei on 0409 474 494 or email 
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The Life Skills Training is enjoyable and educational.


To inquire about the diverse range of and for more details and bookings for Primary and Secondary School Life Skill Programs 
Contact Bernie Haughey Sensei for more information on 0409 474 494 or by clicking the Life Skills  inquiry booking button below.

Contact Bernie Sensei via phone/text on 0409 474 494 or via the online booking form