Goshin-Ryu Karate Association


 Style of Karate

The art of karate in its present form was developed in Okinawa. Historians believe that it probably was a result of combining the Chinese art of ch'uan fa (kung fu) with an ancient Okinawan art of tode. Originally it was called Okinawan-te (Okinawan hand) and later kara-te or empty hand.

In the 1900's three major styles emerged: Uechi-Ryu, Goju-Ryu and Shorin-Ryu. Later, after World War II, a somewhat modified style was developed called Isshin-Ryu. Karate was introduced to Japan publicly in 1922 by Gichin Funakoshi and later by other Okinawan masters.

The Goshin-Ryu system of karate taught by the Association is an Okinawan style comprised of the four major styles: Shorin-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Uechi-Ryu and Isshin-Ryu. Goshin means self-defense and ryu means style. The system utilizes techniques from the hard styles (hard blocks and one or two very hard counter attacks) and the so called soft styles ( more finesse type parries, evasive maneuvers followed up with multiple counter attacks).

The system also features a huge assortment of self-defense techniques. Elements of modern and ancient Ju-jutsu, Judo and Aikido throws, pressure points and joint locking maneuvers are taught. Ground fighting (Ne-Jitsu) is also part of the self-defense training.

Training Methods

Some of the training methods used include: Kata (forms), Kumite (sparring), various drills, mat work (including breakfalls), heavy bag training and self defense execution drills.

We teach over twenty empty hand katas (forms) with elements from all four of the classical styles. We also teach many Okinawan weapons including the bo, sai, kama, nunchachu, tonfa, eku and naginata.

Statement of Purpose


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