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The History and Fundamentals of Goju-Ryu Karate by Yamaguchi Gogen

Goju-Ryu: The History and Fundamentals of Goju-Ryu Karate

A Book by Yamaguchi Gogen.


Highly recommended to all students, the book is by a true karate master, Yamaguchi “the cat” Gogen, founder of the Japanese Goju-Ryu, one of Japan’s largest and most successful karate organizations.

Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: Rising Sun Productions; 1st edition (April 25, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0920129234
ISBN-13: 978-0920129234
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars

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Ho Shin Do Karate, an academy for Martial Arts

Pioneered in Manchester by Stephen Sijuwade in 2004 and in London by Krishan Wadhia, the academy runs classes for all grades of students, of all ages.

Our instructors are fully qualified and CRB checked, and have attended numerous courses and seminars in the safeguarding of children, and general health and safety disciplines.

Our instructors currently hold Dan Grades with Goju Ryu Seiwakai and continue to receive regular training with senior instructors from Gojuryu Seiwakai and Gojukai J.K.F., the Japanese Karate Federation, travelling frequently to the country to attend training camps, and acquire further expertise in the art.

The academy focuses on self-defense, fitness training and personal development. We teach in a friendly yet structured environment, which allows people of all ages to come and enjoy the benefits of martial arts. Classes place emphasis on street self-defense and are geared to enhance self-awareness, confidence, and

Our organisation currently provides classes in London and Manchester for both children and adults. For children under 13, we base the teaching on a gentle, low-key, yet disciplined format, but always keeping the element of fun.

Children will learn team work, cooperation and get the benefits of discipline and concentration at the same time. The classes are action-packed, and we run frequent competitions to engage children and encourage them in a useful, goal-oriented way.

Many children’s classes are run as part of the school curriculum, or as after-school programmes in select schools within the Manchester and London metropolis.

All classes are taught by fully-qualified instructors, and assisted by senior students. This encourages both the senior students, as well as giving something for younger students to aim for, and the approach as proved invaluable in helping to solidy a peer-bonding that makes Ho Shin Do Karate the coherent martial arts academhy it has become.

For further information please contact Sensei Steve on 07708 497 223 or email info.

Goju Ryu Kata

Original article by Hoshindo Karate Brisbane

Gōjū-ryū has 12 core kata in its standard curriculum: gekisai (dai ichi & dai ni), saifa, seiyunchin, seisan, saipai, shisochin, sanseiru, kururunfa, sanchin, tensho, and suparenpai. Students in most schools are required to know all of these kata before reaching sandan.

Morio Higaonna sensei writes that “Karate begins and ends with kata. Kata is the essence and foundation of karate and it represents the accumulation of more than 1000 years of knowledge. Formed by numerous masters throughout the ages through dedicated training and research, the kata are like a map to guide us, and as such should never be changed or tampered with.”

Almost all of the kata have a corresponding bunkai oyo, a prearranged two-person fighting drill. These drills help the student to understand the applications of the kata, establish proper rhythm/flow, to practice constant attack/defense, and to safely practice dangerous moves on a partner.

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Goju Ryu and its 5 Precepts

Original article by Hoshindo Karate Brisbane

Goju Ryu

There are many students of karate, all which can trace their origins back to the island of Okinawa, Japan. However, originally there existed only three styles, each of which was named after the city in which is evolved. These are: Tomari-te, Shuri-te and Naha-te. The Tomari-te and Shuri-te styles were unified to form one school known as Shorin Ryu while Naha-te remained to its true form and became known as Goju Ryu.

The Meaning of Goju Ryu

According to oriental philosophy, to achieve harmony and order in the world, everything must express a balanced nature. So there is night and day, fire and water and so on.

The founder of our style, Grandmaster Chojun Miyagi chose the name Goju Ryu based on precepts from the Chinese martial arts. Go means hard or resilient; Ju means soft or yielding. Therefore Goju Ryu translates as the hard-soft school. This refers specifically to both the technical characteristics of our style and to its underlying philosophy.

The Five Precepts

  • We are proud to study the way of Goju
  • We are courteous in manners
  • We strive to develop courage and fighting spirit (humble yet strong)
  • We cultivate fellowship and understanding (the spirit of Cooperation)
  • We respect the ideals of loyalty and honor, traditional from olden times

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Ho Shin Do Academy

The Ho Shin Do Academy runs classes in south Manchester which is responsible for teaching hundreds of students in south Manchester.

The academy was pioneered in Manchester by Sensei Stephen Sijuwade in 2004. Our instructors are all C.R.B checked; first aid qualified and attend safeguarding children courses.

Classes are located across South Manchester and we also provide classes as part of the curriculum and extended after school programs in schools and colleges.

The Academy here in Manchester is run by Stephen Sijuwade, Amir Karimi and other senior students. The academy has many affiliations.

For seniors and adults, the academy focuses on self-defense, fitness training and personal development. We teach in a friendly environment which allows people of all ages to come and enjoy the benefits of martial arts. Classes place emphasis on street self-defense and geared to enhance self awareness, confidence and coordination

Ho Shin Do Youth Project is impactful, self help, community based and action oriented initiative providing support to the youth from under-developed communities in Manchester. The project is coordinated by Stephen Sijuwade with the assistance of his senior students.

We aim to raise the aspirations and achievements of youths by motivating them to maximise their personal potential by training them to be productive and be responsible leaders of tomorrow. The core objectives of our youth project are to empower youths of various backgrounds using martial arts and other leisure and recreational activities as engaging tools. Although classes are based on self defence and fitness emphasis is based on discipline, confidence, mental and physical coordination, respect, courtesy, patience, In general all aspects of character development.

Our activities and objectives focuses on ensuring that all youths have equal opportunity to benefit from the classes. We believe that martial art training is a key to unlocking the potential of youths, instilling a sense of responsibility, discipline and empowerment which could be used as a tool to tackle to anti-social behaviour, truancy, bullying, and gun/ knife culture in our societies.

Our organisation currently provides classes in south Manchester allowing children and adults to enjoy the benefits of martial arts. The classes provide sustained participation, improved knowledge skills base, self esteem and social skills. The classes reduce the opportunity to participate in negative, disengaging behaviour in the community. The organisation provides skills to last them a life time.