The first Kimekai dojo opened in 1989 as a branch of the Australian Shukokai karate Association. The Kimekai system is based on traditional Karate, its effectiveness is derived from an 'open mind' approach which uses concepts from martial arts such as kick boxing and Brasilian jiu jitsu. Kimekai is a dynamic approach to martial arts which combines traditional values of respect and discipline with modern teaching methods.
Under the direction of Sensei Marco Mazzanti, Kimekai has grown to three full time schools and a membership of over 700 active students and has produced both junior and senior champions, as well as setting a high standard of martial arts instruction.
Sensei Marco has been involved in martial arts for most of his life, beginning his training in Judo at the age of 8 in Rome, Italy. His experience spans a number of martial arts including judo, karate, taekwondo, kickboxing and Brasilian jiu jitsu.
Sensei Marco began his formal training in karate (Shukokai) under Sensei Alan Murdoch at the age of 14 and has since trained nationally and internationally with some of the most renowned martial arts teachers. He was graded to Shodan (1st Dan) by Master Shigeru Kimura, to Nidan (2nd Dan) by Sensei Tommy Morris, Sandan (3rd Dan) by Shihan Max Fabris, Yondan to Rokudan by Sensei Tommy Morris. Also a passionate and committed student of Brasilian jiu jitsu, Sensei Marco was graded to black belt in BJJ by Peter deBeen in 2015.
Sensei Marco, was one of Australia’s top competitors between 1989 and 2001, winning several Australian Karate Federation (A.K.F) National and Victorian titles as well as numerous non-contact, semi-contact and full-contact events in karate, kickboxing and Brasilian jiu jitsu. He was a prominent member and captain of the Australian Karate Team, winning both Oceania individual and teams gold in 1999, placed top 16 at the 1992 and 2000 World WKF Championship and placed 4th at the 2001 World Cup held in Akita, Japan.
In 2001 Sensei Marco retired from active competition to focus on the development of his students and the Kimekai organisation. He is the current Victorian AKF head sparring kumite coach as well as a senior AKF National senior coach. He also is the chair of the National Coaching Group. Sensei Marco continues to be strongly committed to developing the best karate and martial arts students in Australia.
Kimekai Karate is directly affiliated with the Australian Karate Federation (AKF). The AKF conducts routine inspections on all of Kimekai's dojos as well as its instructors to ensure that the tuition and organisation standard meets its strict membership criteria.
In addition, the affiliation to the AKF enables Kimekai members to compete at the highest level because the AKF is under the direction of the Olympic Committee as it debuts as an Olympic sport for the first time during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In addition, Kimekai is also affiliated to one of the world's most respected organisations, Kobe Osaka International under the direction of Sensei Tommy Morris. Sensei Morris conducts regular courses and gradings for all Kimekai students to attend, as well as specialised instructor courses to ensure the highest level of instruction and coaching.