Goju-Ryu or the Goju school is one of the four major schools of Karate-Do with a proud history and tradition.
The 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 attacks.
- 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.