The Shire Martial Arts

Black Belt School

Our Martial Arts Black Belt School is located just 2 minutes away from the Cronulla beaches at Caringbah in NSW, Australia situated in Sydney's ‘Sutherland Shire.’ We proudly offer self defence and WTF Taekwondo Martial Arts classes, in our clean, modern and fully equipped Dojang. As well as Martial Arts, we also offer Iyengar Yoga classes.    

At Shire Martial Arts we believe that learning Martial Arts is much MORE than merely “doing exercises and learning how to fight”. Our programs utilise Martial Arts as a vehicle for personal development. (Find out for yourself in our FREE no obligation Introductory Program).

EVERY class at Shire Martial Arts is structured to help you or your child develop strength, flexibility and aerobic fitness. And EACH class is designed to increase you or your child’s ability to use self defence against all sorts of assaults that can occur in everyday life in very practical and effective ways.

At Shire Martial Arts, we pride ourselves on working with students to become Taekwondo Black Belts on the inside as well as on the outside.

In ancient times long before there was technology, soldiers used Martial Arts to fight their enemies in battle. That was all well and good back then but these days it would be pretty safe to say, that you or your child don’t go out into the modern world looking for fights, or have a need to beat up on people, right?

Yet, there is still an enemy out there, a very formidable enemy who we must all square up to on a daily basis. The enemy that you or your children are most likely to be faced with, is the inner voice that can sabotage confidence and create low self esteem, self doubt, lack of focus, obesity and the inability to focus or set and achieve goals.

“I'm too...”

“Everyone else is...”

“I can't do...”

Negative self talk like this can be debilitating for anyone. However, for kids in particular, beliefs that diminish who they are can be DEVASTATING and have long lasting and far reaching effects on their lives. Parents know that even just talking about these problems can be very difficult for kids, while actually DOING something about this self sabotage, can seem just about impossible.

Unfortunately, if there is any bullying going on, or if your child is faced with negative peer group pressure, any lack of self esteem or confidence can be compounded. 


This is where Shire Martial Arts can help.

As a Martial Arts instructor with over twenty five years experience, I’ve noticed that in everyday life, most people tend to hold THEMSELVES back from reaching their maximum potential, due to a particular fear of some sort, such as the fear of failure, the fear of looking stupid, the fear of not being accepted or not being good enough. There are also kids that are affected by the ‘tall poppy syndrome’ where they play small so that they don’t stand out. The list goes on.

It’s interesting to note that public speaking, or the fear of public speaking, can be as devastating as physical violence on a persons’ psychological health. We all know people who have become physically sick at the prospect of speaking in public and this is one of the ‘personal development’ areas we address at SMA. We don’t serve anyone, when we step into the background and become invisible.

Then aside from a sudden illness, injury or perhaps public speaking, as mentioned, physical violence is one of the worse things that could happen to a person in everyday life. The media highlights and raises this concern for citizens on a daily basis, creating fear, anxiety which can potentially rob people of their independence.

Therefore, by learning how to analyse and respond to an extreme physical attack in a controlled and safe way, Shire Martial Arts students are able to explore, demystify and deal with their own inner fears, in a way that makes them stronger and without hurting anybody else - or themselves. Martial Arts training helps people discover how they may confront and deal with aggression, personal fears, other peoples egos, stress and pain that they are likely to encounter at some point throughout the course of everyday life.

The inner strength, sense of composure and confidence derived from regular Martial Arts training, becomes unsettling for bullies and is why black belts don’t seem to get picked on, even though they don’t advertise the fact that they’re a black belt. In fact, students who regularly practice Martial Arts, start to notice that life’s ‘upsets’ no longer affect them in the dramatic way they once did.

This positive attitude adjustment increases students’ self esteem and encourages them to become self reliant, develop trust in their own judgment and thoughts, therefore not needing to seek approval from the peer group. The power of the peer group is neutralized and so is the pressure to go along with anti social behaviour.

Empowered students’ become their best selves and make sound decisions that lead toward positive relationships and productive lives.

The programs at Shire Martial Arts are not just for sporty or athletic types either. Everyone regardless of their age, shape, size or ability can reap the many rewards that Martial Arts offer. Our Black Belt school is also renowned for physical training that encompasses the principles of charity, humility, loyalty, patience, respect and responsibility. It happens when students’ step into the Dojang and interact with each other and our fantastic Instructors, that are trained to see that no one gets left behind. This is what we call being a Black Belt on the inside.

The curriculum at Shire Martial Arts is known for producing effective Black Belt students, by teaching practical and effective street self defence for men, women and kids. The ‘techniques’ we teach includes blocks, strikes, punches, kicks and holds. Our more advanced classes learn how to defend against a weapon or multiple attackers when unarmed, as well as how to wield a weapon that can be easily accessed in daily life from everyday household items.

So, we welcome you or your child to find out more about Shire Martial Arts for yourself.

The Shire Martial Arts team will work with you or your child to build a practice that will literally be with you for life. We’re confident that you will be so impressed with either our kids, teen or adult programs, that we want to offer you a place in our INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM absolutely FREE so you or your child are able to try out Martial Arts training, with no obligation to join!

That’s right. You can try our Martial Arts and see for yourself. To get more information, pick up the phone and call (02) 9531 7648 or send an email to There are limited spaces set aside for new students each week, so secure your place NOW. We look forward to seeing you at ‘SMA’ soon.

Kind regards
Master Gary Simmons 
World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) 6th Dan
Senior Head Instructor

Shire Martial Arts


Shire Martial Arts  

 Remember, you or any family member can try out Shire Martial Arts by enrolling in our Introductory Program. There are limited spaces. 

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