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About Us

Goju Ryu Yonshin Kai Karate Do continues the tradition of researching and teaching authentic karate budo that originated in Okinawa, Japan during the 19th century. The Founding Instructors of our school have come together to propagate the development of authentic Goju Ryu karate in a modern day setting for self defense, confidence and a healthy physical and mental being.

Goju Ryu is one of the major traditional Okinawan karate styles. The literal translation is 'Hard Soft Style' reflecting that power can be generated from a variety of different methods. Yonshin Kai Karate Do was the name awarded to the Founding Instructors by their master instructor in Japan, Ohtsuka Sensei from Goju Kensha. The literal meaning of the name is 'four hearts' and refers to Ohtsuka Sensei and the three Founding Instructors.

All three Founding Instructors have been certified in Japan to the rare Bubishi Master rank and have received multiple senior instructor gradings in Japan. They have a direct lineage to the originators of Goju Ryu Karate Do. Read more about our Founding Instructors here or view our gallery.



We have a range of classes available to suit the specific needs of participants from beginner level to senior instructor level. Our approach is to instruct in caring and safe environment.

General Classes

Our general class is for all ranks, from beginner to advanced levels. This class is held each Monday (except for public holidays) at our Heidelberg dojo between 6:30pm and 8:00pm.

Our Heidelberg dojo is located at:

Banyule City Council Old Shire Offices
60 Beverly Road, Heidelberg VIC. 3084. Australia.

Master Classes

Structured for Black Belt (Yūdansha) practitioners and open to all styles. These unique classes are topic or theme specific. For instance a kata and all related bunkai (applications) are explored in depth. Supplementary training and theory may also be delivered to give participants a deeper understanding of techniques and power generation. All participants receive an approved Certificate of Participation.

Group Classes

Structured for more than two participants or at a club level. Classes are tailored around the syllabus. Lessons build on each other to ensure all participant in the class receive a solid grounding in fundamentals, intermediate and advanced understanding of kata (forms), bunkai (applications), waza (techniques) and sebaki (drills).

Private Classes

Structured around the individual. Classes are tailored specifically to the individual after taking into account current knowledge base, experience and rank. The aim is to accelerate the participant's learning and complete understanding of techniques, power generation, application and theory. Private Classes can also be structured for up to two participants and conducted in private at your own place of training.


Our syllabus is extensive and covers the Goju Ryu system and key related styles of karate that contributed to its development. We teach all major kata (forms) and bunkai (applications) within each of the Goju Ryu kata. We also teach applications hidden with the kata to round out a student's understanding of the form and main underlying power generation theme. Our teaching also covers proper breathing, power efficiency and mental agility in the application of techniques.

At advanced levels we also cover key related karate styles that have contributed to the development of Goju Ryu karate over the last two centuries. These styles include the traditional Okinawan styles of Aragaki Ryu, Hakutsuru Ken and Shorin Ryu. This way our students will have a deep and unrivalled understanding of theory and practice in the application of the complete Goju Ryu style.

Our syllabus covers all kata (forms), waza (techniques) and sebaki (drills) to help develop a student's understanding of authentic karate. We also provide written material as a reference guide to senior students to assist with their development.

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For participants who regularly train and are members of Goju Yonshin Kai Karate Do may be asked to participate in a coloured belt (Mūdansha) or black belt (Yūdansha) grading depending on their knowledge level and commitment to development. Gradings are only offered in an invitation only basis.

Black Belt Portal included

All current members of Goju Yonshin Kai Karate Do receive free access to our renowned and extensive online Black Belt Portal (refer below).


Due to the nature of our training the minimum age of all participants is 18 years of age. Participants must supply their own dogi (karate uniform) and accept our terms of participation.

Black Belt Portal

After decades of research we make available a unique online database designed specifically for Black Belt Practitioners. It is known as the Black Belt Portal and is the first of its kind anywhere!

Extensive database

The Portal currently contains an extensive database of over 150 videos covering all Goju Ryu Kata (12 Kata), Bunkai (Applications with the Kata), Waza (Techniques) and Sebaki (Drills). It also includes videos of traditional Kata from key related Okinawan karate styles (Shorin Ryu, Aragaki Ryu and Hakutsuru Ken). These styles have significantly contributed to the development of the Goju Ryu we know today.

Acessible 24/7

Our online Black Belt Portal is internet accessible 24/7. It is multi-device and multi-browser friendly. You can view it on any internet connected PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android Tablet or smart phone. We have used state-of-art technology to make the Black Belt Portal smart enough to respond to any internet connected device and browser. There is no need for you to download and maintain an app. Accessing it is just like browsing the internet. It is just so flexible.

Your secret weapon

You can use our Black Belt Portal for private research or while instructing in your own dojo to show your students traditional Kata. It can become your 'secret weapon' to significantly develop knowledge of Goju Ryu and elevate you to a new level of mastery. As a member you will have access to the most extensive online video library covering Goju Ryu ever created. And best of all - we are constantly updating and adding new content to ensure it is relevant and current. Our most recent update included reverse angles of Goju related Kata so you can see techniques and movements from every angle.

You get all this for one low subscription price. By subscribing you will receive full access to all areas of the Black Belt Portal for a full year, 24/7, including all updates.

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