ABOUT Gōjū-ryū-kai Karatedo
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. Both principles, hard and soft, come from the famous martial arts book used by Okinawan masters during the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bubiji (武備志). Gō, which means hard, refers to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks; jū, which means soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements. Gōjū-ryū incorporates both circular and linear movements into its curriculum, combining hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent, including locks, grappling, takedowns and throws. We are open for all aspiring students; be it young or adult, male or female, any race and nationality. Feel free to enter and feel how good it is to learn martial arts. Because here, we not only make you get strong physically, but also emotionally and mentally.
Our Karate School's Core Virtues
We, the students of Goju,
do aspire to these five virtues:
- We are proud students of the way of Goju
- We strive to be respectful at all times
- We strive to be humble, sincere and patient
- We cultivate the spirit of interdependency
- We respect the ideas of the traditional old form of
Japanese martial spirits of loyalty and honour
Our Senseis (Teachers)
Shihan was born in Kagoshima prefecture (1940) and attended Toyo University. He is currently the chairman of the All Japan Karate-do Gojuryu Dojo Federation.
He holds 9th degree "Hanshi" recognition from the Okinawan Gojuryu Karate-do Higashi Izumi Association. He is also nationally recognised with 7th dan (black belt degree) from the All Japan Karate-do Federation as well as certified advanced instructor by the Japan Sport Association (JSPO) - also known as JASA official license.
Head Senior Instructor/"Jokyo"
Hitoshi-jokyo is shihan's son and he is a Saitama native. He graduated from Chiba University of Commerce and attended Moscow State University where he gained his master's degree.
He is the executive director of the All Japan Karate-do Gojuryu Dojo Federation and a member of the board of directors for Saitama prefecture and Soka city Karate-do Federation.
He currently holds 6th degree black belt from the All Japan Karate-do Federation as well as a recognised instructor, sparring referee and coach. Like his dad, he is also a certified instructor by the Japan Sport Association (JSPO/JASA).
Otani-Shidoin holds 4th degree black belt from our dojo and recognised as 2nd degree black belt from All Japan Karate-do Federation. He is also a certified instructor for people with disabilities by the Japanese Para-Sports Association.
Udagawa-shidoin currently holds 4th degree black belt in our dojo and he is also a recognised 4th degree black belt by the All Japan Karate-do Federation.
He is also a certified instructor by JSPO/JASA. He teaches mainly in Soka city branches every Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Kyo-jokyo is a 4th degree black belt holder from All Japan Karate-do Gojuryu Association and recognised with the same 4th degree by All Japan Karate-do Federation. He is also a registered prefectural karate referee during tournaments. He teaches in the main dojo in Koshigaya city as well as in Soka community centre every Saturday mornings.
Kagami-shidoin is a 4th degree black belt holder from All Japan Karate-do Gojuryu Association and recognised with the 3th degree black belt by All Japan Karate-do Federation. Along with his wife, Rika - who is also a 2nd degree black belt, they run the Kasukabe city branch. It is a very family-oriented dojo if you wish to train and bond with your kids.