The Hunter Valley Martial Arts Centre headquarters at Warners Bay was established in 1989 by Kyoshi Brian Hayes and Shihan Sandy Hayes, one of the first full-time martial arts centres in the region. The Warners Bay centre is the headquarters of the Australian Chitokai Karate Association. Sensei Anna Hayes and her sister-in-law Mel Hayes took on the business in July 2023. The centre is still the training home of Chief Instructor Kyoshi Hayes and all Shihan and Shidoin (senior black belts). Classes for all ages and abilities are held every day, as well as Okinawan traditional weaponry (Matayoshi Kobudo) for adults and children, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for men, women and children, and Hunter Fight Fit (fitness kickboxing) for adults and children. We also have an extensive Pro-Shop so that our students and members of the public as well as instructors and students from other local martial arts schools, can buy their martial arts equipment locally.
We have staff at the front desk and shop from 11am to 7pm on weekdays and 9am to 12pm on Saturdays.
Age specific classes include:
Kinder Kicks – Jumping Joeys (18 months-3 years)
Minimites (3-4 years)
Kindymites (5-6 years)
Dynamites (6-9 years)
Dragons (9-14 years)
Adults (14+ years)
Wise Warriors (55+ yrs)
We also have Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from as young as 3 yrs, Matayoshi Kobudo (Weapons) from 6 yrs and Xtreme performance martial arts for children and adults from 6 yrs.
For those looking for some extra fitness, there is our fantastic Fight Fit program which combines fitness kickboxing and effective self defence in a dynamic workout from as young as 6 yrs.
Come down and see our friendly staff and join our martial arts family today!