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Integrated Freestyle Academy of Martial Arts

Humble Beginnings

IFA Martial Arts is an integrated and progressive martial arts academy that  has been operating for the last fourteen years in the St George, Carlton and Kogarah area.


Having humble beginnings in a school hall, Shihan Richard decided to move to a full time centre in 2009. IFA Martial Arts was born.

Our Vision

Shihan Richard Awad (5th Degree karate black belt) had a vision of an academy based of positive cultivation and family environment. 


We are the only martial arts club in the St George, Carlton and Kogarah area that offers a variety of styles like Karate, Freestyle Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Extreme fit, etc.


With state of the art full time centre offering great mat space, punching bags, MMA caging, Strength and condition area mezzanine viewing area and full reception and shop. Everything you need under one roof.

Senshin Ryu Karate (SRK)

Our academy offers a wide range of martial arts styles for all age groups and skill levels. Senshin Ryu Karate-jitsu is one of our six progressive systems of martial arts, which combines principles, philosophies, and techniques of different styles to create a complete martial art focusing on combat and self-defense.


With multi-level breakdowns, our academy caters to all age groups and levels of fitness, offering traditional martial arts, freestyle combat, multi-positional street-based self-defense, and physical and mental awareness.


Our academy offers specialized classes such as Tigers Class for 4-6 year olds, Dragons Class for 7-12 year olds, and Teens Class for 13-17 year olds. For adults, we offer General Class for intermediate to no martial arts skill and Advanced Class for the highest and most advanced level of Senshin Ryu Karate-Jitsu. Come join us and learn the fundamentals of martial arts while having fun!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes are catered to all levels of experience. Originally derived from traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo, Brazillian Jiu Jitsu has since been modified to be more effective against larger opponents and to use less strength. Our adult BJJ classes are taught by a highly skilled team of instructors, including Professor Richard Awad, and Costa D'Adonna, who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the mat. As an affiliate school of Team LEAD BJJ Australia under Professor Daniel "Jacare" Almeida, our students have access to expert guidance, mentoring, and instruction.


Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, our BJJ program offers a challenging and rewarding experience that promotes physical fitness, mental clarity, and personal growth.


For children, we believe that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the best and most efficient martial arts for promoting confidence, discipline, respect, and other developmental qualities. Jiu-Jitsu promotes mental clarity and teaches the importance of discipline and hard work. Our kids' BJJ program is structured to help children between the ages of 5 and 12 learn and be graded.


The program is run by Professor Richard Awad and Coach Anthony Savva. Through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kids can develop bonds with their training partners that eventually turn into a positive and supportive family.

Freestyle Kickboxing

Our system is based on Ryu Bujitsu Kai and Eddine kickboxing, creating a freestyle system that is adaptable to all situations. It incorporates principles and techniques from other styles of martial arts such as back fists, spinning back fists, axe kicks, spinning back and wheel kicks. Our freestyle Kickboxing style is adaptable to all situations and is tailored for everyone, whether you are training for MMA, boxing, or simply to get fit. The system is based on Ryu Bujitsu Kai system and the Eddine kickboxing system, with a six-step kickboxing program where students grade through the program to ensure that students learn a complete freestyle kickboxing.