Northcliff Karate Academy was started in the Northcliff area in 1991 by Sensei Penny Checketri as M.A.S.D (Martial Arts Self Defence). In 1991 Sensei Mary was an 8 year old white belt at the school dojo (Cliffview Primary) and spent most of her childhood years training with Sensei Penny in the art of Goju Ryu Karate.
Both of my daughters do karate at NKA and they love it. Mary is an amazing sensei who somehow gets an entire class of kids to listen to her every word but she does it with warmth and an amazing smile so it’s no wonder the kids all adore and look up to her. Having spoken to other moms with kids at other dojo’s we are also fortunate that the communication is so good and that Sensei Mary also arranges other fun activities for the kids.
Sophia Saib – mom to Layla, Iman and Zia:
Three of my daughters have been going to Sensei Mary for the past 3 years and their confidence, positive spirit, determination, leadership skills and fitness is developing from strength to strength thanks to karate. Thanks Mary, you’re not just a Sensei but a mentor and role model.
Abigail Friedman – mom to Samuel:
My son has been at NKA for the last 3 years and we couldn't praise the Academy and Sensei Mary enough! Sensei Mary is disciplined, kind, compassionate and fair in a very nurturing environment. Karate aside, these are the traits I can see growing in my son thanks to her and all the effort she puts in. We are so grateful to be part of the NKA family and look forward to many more years together.
Jennifer Jagan – mom to Tushar:
My son Tushar has been attending the NKA now for the past three years, He totally loves the Dojo and Sensei Mary. He has won many medals and awards, he is currently a Green Belt.
The NKA has very family orientated environment and all the kids enjoy being there. The NKA is also very ideally situated.I would most definitely recommend the NKA to friends and family of mine.
My sons attended karate classes at school and I've decided to let them attend at the Dojo and there was an immediate change in their attitudes towards karate. They are now so enthusiastic and cannot wait to change into their Gi for classes. Sensei Mary has instilled hard work and responsibility in them, not only through training but also through her mentoring. They are so committed and stress when they miss a session! Thank you and well done to Sensei Mary and the NKA team!!!