With Over 20 Years of Martial Arts Training & 15 Years Martial Arts Teaching, PLUS Top Coaches Specialised In Their Field

Mara and Benny Turnbull


Mara Turnbull

Sensei Mara Turnbull has been training for over 20 years and has represented Australia 4 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 3rd 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.

Benny Turnbull

Professor Benny Turnbull has reached 3rd Dan in Aikido and is a Black Belt in ROOTS 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 is qualified as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, has a Diploma of Public Safety and First Aid.

SPECIAL OFFER: 5 Classes for $39.95



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So my youngest Sean asked about learning martial arts a while back , checked out a few classes in Judo , Wing Chun kung fu ( "it's too fast dad " ) & Akido , then by chance got to try Brazilian jujitsu & absolutely loves it! Good school & an excellent teacher. So we have another budding martial artist in the family. Now for a kid with high anxiety with autism this is a major goal of building his confidence.



I've always aspired to be a martial artist but never thought i could find a style to suit me fortunately i had a go and have never felt more welcome i look forward to my Aikido training every Monday and Friday...if only it was on more.



My two boys have just started a few weeks ago and they just love it. Mara is an amazing teacher and really engages the kids on their level. It’s great for their confidence and fitness. I’d recommend Turnbull to anyone.


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I was very impressed with the guys at Aikido and BJJ Beginners (although you could probably not get a different mix of people between the groups) friendly, welcoming and helpful without a hint of feeling put out by an uncoordinated, unfit out of shape wannabe such as myself, and Stephanie has been inspired somewhat by Mara that she has decided to start her journey with Kyokushin. Having stayed and watched Mara train the youngsters I really think you guys need to be recognised for your efforts in not just training in the mechanics of say karate, but working on the sense of justice, and community and leadership that I see Mara and the other young members of the leadership team each time I leave my boys in your care. The sit down talks Mara has with the kids I see as equally, if not more important than the physical aspects of any martial arts.


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I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of you for welcoming me into your Roots family and being part of my crazy journey to my first MMA fight that happened on Saturday night.

I have absolutely loved training with you guys and I’m so lucky to have been able to learn jujitsu from fantastic teachers as well as train with super awesome people!

Benny and Mara, you have created a very special place at Turnbull Martial Arts and I am so grateful to have had the support of people like you.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everyone’s kindness, encouragement and support.

P.S. I won my fight…YAY!


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