Welcome to PDK Dojo

Learning martial arts at Prestige Development Karate (PDK) is life transforming. Allowing both children and adults to achieve their complete potential not only in the art of karate and physical fitness, but also in the critical life skills of discipline, focus, persistence, resilience and self-confidence.

Founded by Sensei Ricky Rigor in 2009, PDK delivers authentic and traditional karate; rich in Japanese tradition and culture. Affiliated with the Australian Karate Federation, PDK is part of the only karate body registered and recognised by the Ministry of Sport and Recreation in the state of NSW. The Australian Karate Federation is the national governing body of karate in Australia, recognised and endorsed by the federal government, the Australian Olympic Committee and the Australian Sports Commission.

As a school, PDK aims to support, develop and advance the proper, healthy and lawful practice of karate. High expectations are held for everyone, and ensures that students develop their skills to the highest standard. Teaching and learning experiences incorporate research-based practices, such as the repetitive practice of skills, drills, and sequences during lessons. This assists the transition of a skill from the conscious to the subconscious. As students improve, they don’t need to think consciously about the skill, which in turn frees up the brain to learn new, more complex skills and concepts.

An integral essence of PDK is to instil lifelong perseverance and determination in individuals and foster humility and gratitude in all interactions. These qualities, along with other imperative life skills, are what allow individuals to succeed, not only in karate, but in life.

More than just a karate club, PDK is a family. Instilling positive and inclusive attitudes within its students, all successes are celebrated and each student’s efforts are acknowledged; fostering lifelong friendships and a close bond amongst members.

On behalf of the instructors and staff at PDK, I would like to welcome you to your new karate family and hope that you enjoy your time with us.


Sensei Ricky


About Sensei Ricky Rigor

Sensei Ricky is the founder and Chief Instructor of Prestige Development Karate. With over 20 years of experience in Karate-Do, he has trained under multiple world renowned karate experts and specialises in two styles; Shotokan and Shito-Ryu.

Sensei Ricky is a state (NSW) and national coach and has produced numerous state, national and international champions. He develops athletes within his club and is often recruited by other clubs to train high level athletes.


  • 3rd Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate

  • 5th Dan Black Belt in Shito-Ryu Karate

  • NSW Karate Federation State Coach

  • Australian Karate Federation National Coach

  • National Coaching Accreditation Scheme Level 1 Karate Coach

  • NSW Karate Federation Kumite Referee A

  • NSW Karate Federation Kata Judge A




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