About Goju


Gōjū-ryū (剛柔流), (Japanese for "hard-soft style") is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of karate, featuring a combination of hard and soft techniques. Both principles, hard and soft, come from the famous martial arts book "Bubishi", used by Okinawan masters during the 19th and 20th centuries. Go which means hard, refers to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks; Ju which means soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements.

Major emphasis is given to breathing correctly in all of the katas but particularly in the Sanchin kata, which is one of the core katas of this style. Goju ryu practices methods that include body strengthening and conditioning, its basic approach to fighting (distance, stickiness, power generation, etc.), and partner drills. Goju ryu incorporates both circular and linear movements into its curriculum. Goju ryu combines hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent, including locks, grappling, takedowns and throws.

Goju-ryu is a combination of Okinawan Te which is hard and Shaolin Chuan, Kung-fu which is soft. It has an emphasis on the White Crane style of Kung-fu as well. There were other Chinese systems that influenced, including Pakua and Tai-Chi Chuan.

Goju is not like many of the other martial arts available today. It does not have the high-flying kicking techniques like Tae Kwon Do. It does not use the same throwing techniques of Aikido. It is a unique art that deals with the defensive and offensive opportunites that could present themselves in a real-life situation. Everything you learn in Goju Ryu has a specific "street" application, nothing is wasted.


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Williams School of Goju Ryu7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail
Austin, TX 78729

Telephone: 512.876.1790