Gōjū-ryū 剛柔流 Japanese for "hard-soft style," is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of Karate, featuring a combination of hard and soft techniques.
Japan Karate Federation Gojukai
Gojuryu Seiwakai International
Goshukan Karate Academy Australia
DIRECT LINEAGE TO MIYAGI SENSEI
Chojun Miyagi Sensei
He began training in karate at the age of 14, in 1902. Like his teacher before him, because of his great natural talent and fierce determination, he progressed very rapidly. The training was severe beyond belief at times but he practiced ever harder with an enthusiasm unmatched by any of the other students.
Gogen Yamaguchi Hanshi
He was recognized as one of the greatest Karate masters in Japan. He was the founder of what might be called modern Karate, an advanced stage which illustrates both a technical and social elevation of the art of Karate.
Shuji Tazaki Hanshi
Actively served as Gojukai Deputy Chief of Board of Directors, a Central Examiner and a Manager of Kanto Region.Chief instructor President Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Seiwa-Kai.
Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi
He stated “I become uneasy if I don't put on my do-gi and move my body" . With his gentle smile and his soft way of speaking, he gave no hint of being the majestic one who is praised as a "God" of Karate. Fujiwara, instructing overseas "There are more than 60,000 Gojukai members overseas”
Glenn Stephenson Kyoshi
President and Chief Instructor for Goju Ryu Karate do Seiwakai Australia, Chief Instructor of Karate Academy of Japan Goju Ryu
Stacey Karetsian Kyoshi
Chief Instructor of Goshukan Karate Academy Australia
Nick Naudy Sensei
Instructor at Gold Coast Goju Karate
JAPANESE BUDO BRINGS WITH IT ELEMENTS OF JAPANESE CULTURE
Miyagi believed that "the ultimate aim of karate-do was to build character, conquer human misery, and find spiritual freedom".
He stated that it was important to balance training for self-defense with "training the mind, or cultivating the precept karate-do ni sente nashi ('there is no first strike in karate')"; he also emphasized the importance of "cultivating intellect before strength".
Miyagi chose the name Goju-ryu ("go" meaning "hard" and "ju" meaning "soft"), to emphasize that his style integrated both "hard" and "soft" styles. Goju applies not just to karate, but to life in general; only hardness or only softness will not enable one to deal effectively with the fluctuations of life.
When blocking, the body is soft and inhaling; when striking, the body is hard and exhaling.
Gōjū-ryū has 12 core kata in its standard curriculum:
Gekisai Dai Ichi
Gekisai Dai Ni