We try to follow Best Karate practice which we think should involve:
- Developing practitioners into better people. Within the club, this involves a link to the traditional values of “budo”.
- Cultivating effective and time-tested engagement practices, whether in modern sport orientation or the older close-quarter engagement ; or even through study of Ching-dynasty precursor systems of BaiHechuan and LoHanChuan
- Development of the physical capacities of practitioners through training.
Karate Should Make Better People
High-level training in martial arts basically involves learning fascinating (sometimes simple, sometimes quite complex, but always fascinating) ways of besting (a.k.a disabling or harming) one’s opponent or attacker.The best atmosphere to practise this is to also work at cultivating self discipline, care for others, and self mastery. Certainly these things do not always come hand-in-hand in every martial arts club or situation.
Many martial arts practitioners have failed spectactularly in using their physical training to become better people (bunburyudo). However our club’s aims tie in with these centuries-old ideals.
The club has had access to some of the foremost practitioners on the globe to help our students achieve the above three outcomes. We work towards making the club a collection of good people from all walks of life. Practising extremely effective martial arts techniques transmitted through centuries of tradition.
Developing stronger, pliable and conditioned bodies to perform these technical skills.
Direct Links to Great Masters
The core Goju Ryu curriculum comprises Kata/Bunkai and training methods of the GojuKensha SaiShinkan, drawn from the teaching line Higashionna-Miyagi/Higa-Izumikawa-Ichikawa-Ohtsuka-Athanassiou.
We have a rich history of techniques drawn from Professor Ohtsuka's GojuKensha curriculum. Through Ohtsuka Sensei, we have incorporated methods of power generation drawn from the Shorin-Ryu and Chen style Tai Chi.
However we have also been fortunate to had exposure to other wonderful GojuRyu masters such as Hibio Tadashi, Watanabe Kenshu, Hokama Tetsuhiro, and Taira Masaji.
Through Hanshi Patrick McCarthy, we have been exposed to selected Ching-Dynasty close-quarter combative engagement practices; with antecedent links to the roots of GojuRyu.