Welcome to Turnbull Martial Arts Academy Belconnen

And we really mean that. Whoever you are, whatever your goals are, we’re happy to help you with your martial arts journey.

Whether you’re intro striking arts, grappling, or just want to get fit, we’ve got the perfect program for you.

The Turnbull Martial Arts Academy Advantage

When you train with us, you get access to not only specialised coaches, but also world-class martial arts instructors with over 20 years of training and teaching under their belt.

But that’s not all. You’ll also get to learn incredible self-defence skills alongside fun, like-minded people who are happy to cheer you on and help bring out the best in you.

Why You’ll Love Training With Us

Expert Instructors

Learn incredible self-defence skills from fully qualified seasoned instructors.

Program Selection

Whether you’re a fan of the striking arts or prefer to grapple, we’ve got the perfect program for you.

Top-Notch Dojo

Train without distractions, thanks to our clean, safe, and stress-free dojo.

Fun Classes

Learn serious martial arts skills via seriously fun training sessions.

Flexible Schedule

Keep up with your training no matter how busy school gets.

Friendly Community

Whoever you are, whatever your level is, you’ll feel right at home here.

What Turnbull Martial Arts Academy Is All About


Our vision is to create a world where everyone can access the magic of Martial Arts. We have witnessed first hand how Martial Arts can build character, confidence and friendships. This beautiful, enriching sport is an incredible tool to teach body awareness, self-discipline and teamwork. Through our service of teaching Martial Arts, we strive to provide exceptional coaching and leadership to our students. While striving to instill the importance of etiquette and manners, we also focus on good self-esteem and positive body image.

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At Turnbull Martial Arts Academy, our mission is to foster a life-long love of Martial Arts. When teaching any style or age group, we strive to provide exceptional leadership to our students, building talent and developing life skills such as discipline and respect. As we believe a person never stops learning, we work hard to ensure our approach extends to all our students, from children to adults. We’d love you to be a part of our studio and join our mission to positively reach our community through Martial Arts.

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At Turnbull Martial Arts Academy we believe in:

  • Passion & Fun – the more excitement and passion you put into your training, the faster your skills will improve.
  • Personal Mastery – discipline and self-motivation are critical ingredients of high achieving Martial Arts students.
  • Exceptional Experiences – All our students deserve an exceptional experience every time they participate in a Martial Arts class
  • Teamwork – We’re stronger together and can achieve so much more when we work as part of a passionate community.
  • Belief In Oneself – Having a big picture goal for life sets the trajectory of your potential, so set yours as high as you can.
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Say Hello to Your Instructors

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Sensei Mara Turnbull

Chief Instructor

Sensei Mara has been training for over 20 years and has represented Australia four times as an international full-contact Karate fighter.

Having excelled in all areas of Kyokushin Karate including kata, weapon demonstrations, non-contact and full contact fighting, Sensei Mara is a 4th dan and has turned her passion of martial arts into teaching.

15+ years on, Sensei Mara is chief instructor at Turnbull Academy and specialises in kids classes. As a mum herself, she has the knowledge, understanding, and experience of what it is like for parents and children training in martial arts and is an inspiring role model in the Kyokushin Karate arena.

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Professor Benny Turnbull

Head Instructor

Professor Benny Turnbull has reached 3rd dan in Aikido and is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Specialising in self-defence Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, primary fight strategy, control, and restraint, Professor Turnbull is one of our most experienced instructors.

Professor Turnbull also holds a certificate IV in training and assessment and a diploma in public safety and first aid.