Go-ju means hard-soft: the emphasis is to be soft and yielding when your opponent is being hard or attacking, and to be strong and powerful when the opponent is soft and committed.
Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Tasmania operates under the control of the Goju-Ryu Karate Mission International, which is based in Sydney; this is under the direct control of Hanshi Watanabe (9th Dan). Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Tasmania is a member of the Australian Karate Federation (AKF) and Australian Karate Federation Tasmania (AKFTas).
Goju-Ryu are also affiliated with the World Karate Federation (WKF), the Japan Karate-Do Federation (JKF) and the Japan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation.
The training emphasises fitness, stamina, self-defence and strenght of character through discipline.
(Pictured below, Head Instructor, Staurt Eaton).
Monday: Kids - 4:30pm-5:30pm, Graded 4:30pm-6:30pm
Thursday: Graded - 5:30pm-7:30pm
Saturday: Kids - 10:00am-11:00am, Graded 10:00am-1:00pm
Annual Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Tasmania Membership: $100.00, First Member offer, $75.00. 10% discount applies to families with 3 or more children.
Annual Hobart PCYC Membership: Adults $60.00, Student/Concession card holders $40.00
Session Fees: $5.00 per class for PCYC Members, $8.00 per class for Casual Visitors.
Students will be expected to observe a small number of formalities and points of etiquette in the Dojo. These will be explained to you by your instructor or senior students.
Karate classes begin with "mokuso", a meditative moment before instruction starts. It is at this time the student should clear their mind of everyday worries leaving it ready to receive instruction.
Students commence as white belts and progress through the grades or kyus to black belt. As you progress, various colours are used to indicate your grade. Certificates are issued upon successfully passing each grade test.
Regular gradings are held each year, usually at four monthly intervals; providing you have trained regularly and made the necessary progress,you will be permitted to attend the grading examination.