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Goju-Ryu Karate-do Information
(hard and soft style)
What is Karate-do?
Karate-do literally means "The way of the empty hands". The way of Karate is more than just an empty hand fighting art though. It is a philosophy and a way of life. The way of the empty hands is also a way of unselfishness. One must put the well-being of others ahead of oneself.

Karate trainingIn Karate, our training is said to begin with courtesy, and end with courtesy. Courtesy and discipline are stressed and maintained at every stage of the training. The essence of Karate is not to defeat others, one must first overcome oneself. A Karate practitioner not only seeks to perfect his techniques, but also seeks to perfect his character.

Karate does not condone violence. Karate-do is a way of not having to fight. As we say in Karate: novices fight to win, masters win without fighting.

Tkarate trainingo some Karate is combat. To others it is primarily for show. Still others approach it as religion, a teaching device, a way to physical fitness, a sport, a self-defence system or from one of a dozen other possible points of view. However you choose to define it, the art of karate has many dimensions: it is at once mental and physical, artistic and grotesque, practical (self-defence) and non-practical (sport), violent and graceful, abstract and concrete, and scientific and animistic.

Karate is constantly in flux. Change is the arts most characteristic feature. No single man or women can comprehend the entirety of karate.

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What is Goju-Ryu?
"Goju Ryu" literally means "Hard and Soft style". In Goju Ryu, we emphasize both the hard and soft aspects of martial art. The principle of Hard and Soft, like Yin and Yang, is the principle of life. To be a whole person, one must keep a balance of Hard and Soft. As a Karate practitioner, one seeks to develop a strong and unyielding will power, but at the same time, must maintain his compassion and caring for the others.

Goju-Ryu Karate is subjective and necessarily incomplete.

karate kataWhile Goju-Ryu Karate, naturally, includes many of the basic movements of other fighting arts, it is unique in some of its aspects. This is particularly so in the basic Katas, or movements, which must be learnt thoroughly to understand and successfully practice this style of Karate-do. These Katas begin simple and, as the student progresses through the various grades of training, so he or she learns the more complicated Katas that together form an important part of Goju-Ryu Karate.

Another unusual and important aspect of the art is the strict control of breathing at all times, and the retention of a certain percentage of the breath in the body, to maintain strength and hardness of the abdominal walls against sudden attack and to generally tone up the system.

Together with these are other special facets of Goju-Ryu Karate that the student can learn that will lead him or her to fitness, confidence and the capability of defence against physical attack.

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