Goju Kai Karate Do  Sydney Australia




 Goju-Ryu or Goju school is one of four major schools of Karate-Do with a proud history and tradition. The founder of Goju-Ryu, Master Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953) entrusted the teaching of Goju-Ryu in mainland Japan to Master Gogen Yamaguchi (1909-1989). Master  Gogen Yamaguchi founded All Japan Karate-Do Goju-Kai in 1950 and promoted Goju-Kai throughout the world.Along with our new president of Goju-Kai, Master Goshi Yamaguchi, all the members of Goju-Kai worldwide are working as one to pursue and contribute to the development of Karate-Do.

            The characteristics of Goju-Ryu can be divided into four main categories:

            1. Breathing Techniques ("Ibuki"): To consciously control breathing to unite the mind and body, activate the internal organs and to reach a state of total awareness.

            2.The principle Yo ("Go") and Yin ("Ju"): The techniques of Goju-Ryu are based on the infinite combinations of "Go" (strength) and "Ju" (softness). One can use the circular movements of "Ju" to counter the "Go" attacks and swiftly fight back with "Go".

            3." Jiyu Kumite" (Free Fight / Combat) suited to close range combat: The "Kumite" (the practice in free style combat) of Goju-Ryu is suited to close range combat using the "Nekoashi-Dachi" (The Cat Stance) for unrestricted movement and successive multiple attacks.

            4. The philosophy of "Buji" (absence of conflict or peace): The philosophy behind Goju-Ryu is demonstrated in Master Chojun Miyagi's words "Not to be hit / attacked or hit / attack, the absence of conflict is the essence".

            All Japan Karate-Do Goju-Kai continues passing down these traditions as well as actively promoting Karate-Do as a modern competition sport by participating in tournaments worldwide, gaining recognition for admirable results.

            SOURCE : I.K.G.A. Program World Titles 1993

      MASTER KANRYO HIGASHIONNA

      The history of Goju Ryu can be traced back to a man named Master Kanryo Higashionna, approx 1840-1910, known as the "Fist Saint of Naha". Naha city in Okinawa was thriving with martial arts activity in the 1850's. Along with practitioners from the towns of tomari and Shuri, the Naha karateka were laying the groundwork for the development of modern karate-do and kobudo (weaponry). But although Higashionna Kanryo began his training here, the true seeds of Goju were not planted in Okinawa but rather in China.  Higashionna  Kanryo went to China and studied there under a man by the name of Master Woo (Ru in Japanese), who was a practitioner of Chinese boxing. Kanryo Higashionna then trained under Master Woo for approximately 15 to 20 years. On his return to Okinawa he combined his native fighting system with the Chinese system and became the father of Naha-te (Fist of Naha). It didn't take long before his fame spread throughout the island and students started to come to him for tuition. Among them was a student by the name of Chojun Miyagi.

CHOJUN MIYAGI (1888-1953)

            Chojun Miyagi was born in Naha as the son of a wealthy businessman on April 25, 1888. Miyagi  Chojun then began his study in karate between the ages of nine and eleven years . In his early teens he became the student of Master Kanryo Higashionna. Under the tutelage of his Master, Miyagi underwent a very long and arduous period of training. After the death of Master Kanryo Higashionna, Miyagi Chojun then travelled to the Fukien Province in China as his teacher had done before him. In China he studied the shaolin and pa kua forms of Chinese Boxing. From the blending of these systems, -one the hard/external form of shaolin, the other the soft circular/internal form of pa kua and his native Naha-te a new system emerged. However, it was not until 1929 that Chojun Miyagi named the system Goju Ryu, meaning hard soft style. The name was inspired by the `eight precepts' of traditional Chinese Boxing, quote: Everything in the universe breathes out (hard) and in (soft) ... etc. After some years in China, Chojun Miyagi returned to Naha where he opened a dojo (training hall). He taught for many years, and even though Miyagi Sensei's reputation as a man of Karate do was enormous, his greatest achievements lie in the organization of Karate-do teaching methods. He introduced karate-do into schools and other fields of society. He developed Kata Sanchin - the hard aspect of Goju Ryu, and created Kata Tensho - the soft aspect. These kata are considered to be the essence of the Goju style. Chojun Miyagi was a man of extremely mild temperament and it is said that he was a very humble man. He lived according to the principles of Martial Art's, that of none violence. Master Miyagi died on Okinawa on October 8, 1953.


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