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 and Australia. They have a direct lineage to the originators of Goju Ryu Karate Do. Read more about our Founding Instructors here or view our photo galleries.
Registration is now open for a new Master Class exploring a long lost kata that contributed significantly to the original development of karate foundation kata.
Unknown to many styles, Happoren kata from Hakutsuru Ken system, was the base form used by Master Higashionna Kanryo and Master Miyagi Chojun to develop the two orginal versions of Sanchin kata. Master Miyagi developed Sanchin kata to convey the 'Go' aspect of Goju Ryu. Using the underlying principles of Happoren kata, Master Miyagi went on to refine the 'Ju' or softer elements of Goju Ryu by developing Rokkishu kata and later Tensho kata. These foundation kata were used in other eclectic styles to enhance their methodology/ Therefore, all styles are welcome.
Happoren kata, originally from the Chinese White Crane Kung Fu system, was adopted by Okinawa Te as a foundation kata. This kata incorporates advanced breathing, power control and key fundamentals of the white crane system in perfect harmony.
Don't miss this unique learning experience. Read more and register your interest here: Master Class: Kapporen Kata
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.
Our general class is for all ranks, from beginner to advanced levels and registered as students with Goju Ryu Yonshin Kai Karate Do. The main 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 Office
60 Beverly Road, Heidelberg VIC. 3084. Australia.
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.
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).
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.
For participants who regularly train and are student members of Goju Ryu 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.
All current student members of Goju Ryu Yonshin Kai Karate Do receive free access to our renowned and extensive online extensive database on Goju Ryu (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.
After decades of research we make available a unique online database designed specifically for Goju Ryu Practitioners. It is known as the Goju Ryu Portal and is the first of its kind anywhere!
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.
The 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.
Our annual subscription price is only $49.50 (Australian Dollars - AUD). This price includes all applicable taxes (e.g. GST). No additional charges or fees will apply during your term of membership. If you renew your subscription we will deduct by a further 10%.
To subscribe the Portal under complete our short registration form below. After completing the registration you will be re-directed to submit your secure payment via PayPal. You can use your credit card, debit card, bank transfer or PayPal account to complete the transaction. You do not need to have a PayPal account to complete the transaction. PayPal will also convert foreign currencies for you. After your payment has been cleared we will send you your personal details to access the Goju Ryu Portal.
We never share your details with third parties. You can view our Terms here.