Goju Ryu Karate
A martial art originating from Okinawa.
‘Karate’ as a name for a martial art is credited as originating from the Japanese island of Okinawa in the early part of the 20th Century. The term is a combination of two Japanese Kanji characters ‘Kara’ and ‘Te’ literally meaning ‘Empty’ and ‘Hands’.
The modernisation of Japanese culture at the end of the 19th Century allowed the martial art masters of the time to travel more freely. It was inevitable that a consolidation of the many different regional styles of Japanese and Okinawan karate would occur. Today only a handful of authentic, traditional variants of karate are officially recognized by the Japanese, and Goju Ryu is one such martial art.
Goju Ryu karate is credited with being founded in 1933 by Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953). It is a traditional form of karate that can trace its origins back to the regional style of Naha-te taught by Kanryo Higaonna (1853-1914) in the Naha district of Okinawa during the later half of the 19th Century. The teaching methods of Naha-te can in turn be traced back to the ancient style of martial arts taught by the Shaolin Monks of China.
In translation ‘Go” means ‘hard’ (to smash, to resist, to be solid), and ‘Ju’ means ‘soft’ (to deflect, to whip, to react fast). The application of both hard and soft techniques defines the Goju Ryu style of karate.
Goju Ryu Today
Goju Ryu is a flourishing and popular martial art taught in over 50 countries under the auspices of the IOGKF of Japan. The EGKA is a non-profit making association with over 1500 members. It is affiliated to the IOGKF and is committed to the governance of Goju Ryu in England.
At a time when many martial arts have become so diluted they now have more in common with aerobic dance classes, Goju Ryu has remained true to its roots. We have no intention of dropping our standards. Goju Ryu remains an effective self defence system, teaching strikes, blocks, locks, throws and grappling techniques. As a fighting system, it remains just as relevant today as it did to the original masters from Japan’s distant past when self defence was a necessity and not the recreational pastime we enjoy.
First and foremost taking up Goju Ryu karate will reward you with a challenging and immensely enjoyable pastime. Training will quickly improve your physical fitness, stamina and agility.
To hold a black belt in Goju Ryu karate reflects years of hard and dedicated training, which is why it is so respected by employers and universities alike.