GoJu Karate - History and Definition

"Go" means hard and "Ju" means soft, hence Goju Ryu is translated as "Hard and Soft way."

It is a blend of Okinawan Te (hard) and Shaolin Kung Fu (soft) with emphasis on White Crane style. Chinese influences include Pakua Chang, I Chuan, and Tai Chi Chuan.

Goju Ryu is a close range self-defense system characterized by circular blocks, joint manipulations, and techniques to lower body targets. Dynamic tension and breathing are major elements in its training, incorporated in many of the kata.

Goju Ryu was founded in the late 1920’s by Chojun Miyagi. He was born on April 25, 1888 in Naha, Okinawa. There he studied martial arts under teacher, Kanryo Higonna, the founder of Naha-te. Miyagi was also influenced by his study of martial arts on several trips to the Chinese mainland.