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2020 – Training has commenced
6pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
Due to the progressing development of the coronavirus pandemic we have suspended training. Updates as and when new information is available will be through our newsletters, our Facebook page and this page.
2019 – 40th anniversary of the IOGKF
The Anniversary Gishiki in Okinawa was excellent value and well attended. Estimated 1600 karateka.
Note: We store photographs of our activities on our Facebook page (link above)
We train at the St James Presbyterian Church Hall
393 King Edward Street
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We are a family friendly club and encourage the participation of children. Not all children develop at the same rate and if you have questions about whether training would suit your child feel free to contact Sensei John Marrable (details on the ‘Contact Us’ page, under ‘Menu’ at the top of this page).
We hold formal classes during the four school terms.
Club Training Times
Juniors (All four school terms)
Tuesdays: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Thursdays: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Seniors (All four school terms)
Tuesdays: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Thursdays: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Black Belts Only
Wednesdays: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Second Tuesday and last Thursday of month
7:00 – 8:00pm
Karate training for those who do not wan to learn kobudo
Two videos have been produced about our Sensei in recent months. The first was based in our dojo and was posted to the Firstport site here.
The direct YouTube link is here.
A second video is based in Okinawa during the 2019 World Gishiki & IOGKF 40th Anniversary celebrations. Click here to view.
Why does the image of two individuals engaging in combat appear on our materials?
The name Goju Ryu comes from Chojun Miyagi Sensei who thought long and hard about the name of his karate style, informally known as Naha Te. Within the famous martial arts text, the Bubishi, is a poem called the Kenpo Haku (the eight poems of the fist) and Chojun Sensei was quite fond of it.
The third poem is called ‘Ho Goju donto’ which translates as ‘The way of inhaling and exhaling is hardness and softness’ and it is this poem that Chojun Sensei took the name Goju (Hard and Soft) Ryu (School) from.
The picture is a version of one of the drawings that are depicted in the original Bubishi and is used as our dojo logo to recognise the source of the name of our style.