Goju-Ryu or the Goju school is one of the four major schools of Karate-Do
with a proud history and tradition.
founder of Goju-Ryu, Master Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953) entrusted the teaching
of Goju-Kai worldwide are working as one to purse and contribute to the
development of Karate-Do.
The characteristics of Goju-Ryu can be divided into four main categories
- Breathing Techniques (" IBUKI ") : To consciously
control breathing to unite the mind and body, activate the internal
organs and to reach a state of total awareness.
- The principle of Yo (" Go ") and Yin (" Ju ")
: The techniques of Goju-Ryu are based on the infinite combinations
of " Go " (stiffness or strength) and " Ju " (softness
or flexibility). One can use the circular movements of " Ju "
to counter the " Go " attacks and swiftly fight back with
" Go ".
- " Jiyu Kumite " (Free Fight/Combat) suited to close range
combat : The " Kumite " (the practice in free style combat)
of Goju-Ryu is suited to close range combat using the " Nekoashi-Dachi
" (The Cat Stance ) for unrestricted movement and successive multiple
- The philosophy of " Buji " (absence of conflict or peace)
: The philosophy behind Goju-Ryu is demonstrated in Master Chojun
Miyagi's words, " Not to be hit/attacked or to hit/attack, the
absence of conflict is the essence ".
The International Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association continues passing down
these traditions as well as actively promoting Karate-Do as a modern
competition sport by participating in tournaments worldwide, gaining recognition
for admirable results.
Now local branches of I.K.G.A. spread in more than 50 countries and approximately
200,000 people are affiliated to I.K.G.A. throughout the world.