About NCGK and our Instructors

About North Coast Goju Kai


Karate evolved from Naha-te one of the three main regional styles of Okinawan Martial Arts. Chojun Miyagi was born in 1888 in Naha and at the age of 14 he began to study Naha-te. After the death of his instructor, Miyagi went to China and studied Wing Chun, Shaolin-te and Pakwa, that are known today as Kung Fu. In 1929 the style was formally named Goju-Ryu (hard-soft style) karate. Goju-Ryu is the style we practice and Goju-Kai is the world wide association we belong to formally named I.K.G.A. (International Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association).

Karate-do, as with most Martial Arts, was developed due to a need for Self defence. Traditionally these Fighting Arts taught skills to the small, weak or unarmed peasants, enabling them to defend themselves and their families. The Martial Arts gave these people a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength to go about their lives whilst dealing with the might of fearsome aggressors (the Bullies of their time). 

In this era, we generally have less need to fight for our lives, although there are still ‘Bullies’ that prey on the weak and unwary. To many people in our society Karate-do is as important now as it ever was! Along with Self Defence it offers fitness, flexibility and longevity. It helps with the development of children regarding discipline, respect and control. It can maximise the potential of people with varying disabilities from physical to Autism and ADHD. Participants gain confidence.

Just as the streets are filled with all types, we believe our training dojos should be open to everyone. We have superior athletes, children, mums, granddads, young girls, people with disabilities; the list is endless. We all live together in our ‘inclusive’, multi-cultural society. The benefits of Goju Kai Karate-do are here for the ‘small, weak and unarmed’ as much as for elite sportsman and powerful individuals. 

Through sincere and focussed practice of this traditional, yet scientific art, all practitioners can benefit greatly in ‘maximising their potential’ in life. 

Goju Kai in Australia was established in Sydney in 1963 and the North Coast branch of Goju Kai Karate was opened in 1977 by Helmut Moldners Shihan. 

The I.K.G.A. headed by Goshi Yamaguchi Saiko Shihan is established in over 50 countries making it one of the largest and foremost karate organisations in the world. There are multiple IKGA branches throughout Australia run by instructors who have trained with Japan's top masters in Japan and here in Australia.

 

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