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Karate comes from the Japanese meaning “empty hands”, referring to a martial art not requiring actual weapons (instead using the human body as a weapon), as well as the Zen sense of being ’empty’ of aggressive thought.  The “do” suffix means “way“.

Karate had its developments on the small island of Okinawa, part of the Ryukyu island chain that (both culturally and geographically) links China and Japan. Its origins lie in China.

Hobart PCYC welcomes all people to attend our Karate classes and give it a go.Your first visit will be free, so if you are interested come along and try it out!

History of Goju-Ryu Karate

  • Miyagi Chogun (1888-1953): Goju Ryu was founded by of Naha village.  Master Miyagi learned Karate in Okinawa from one of the greats – KanryoKigashionna.
  • KanryoHigashionna (1853-1961): Master Higashionna had trained for many years in China and combined the skills of Chinese boxing with his native Okinawan to form this distinctive Karate style.
  • Karate Master David Zarb: After acquiring a sound grounding in Karate under Master Higashionna, Master Miyagi retraced his teacher’s steps and journeyed to China, where he trained for many years under a Chinese Boxing Master Wu Ku Chan (Ryu Ryuko).  On his return to Okinawa, he developed Goju Ryu Karate. Goju Ryu Karate is characterised by both hard and soft techniques, circular movements, infighting techniques (including trapping and controlling techniques), the famed Sanchin Kata and Ibuki breathing.  David Zarb is the 8th Goju Ryu Karate Master by lineage.

Karate can assist to develop your confidence and character along with the many athletic traits includingstrength,power,speed,agilityand flexibility.  Our Karate programs aim to encourage,inspire,challenge and develop skills to thrive.

The Club endeavours to take a balanced approach to all the elements of karate. Those elements include:

  • Self-defence
  • Sparring
  • Fitness
  • Yoga
  • Stamina
  • Meditation

Balance is important because the emphasis students place on the different elements of martial arts changes with time. A balanced approach gives members the opportunity to explore different aspects of the art as their martial arts knowledge increases.

What happens in a training session:

  • Exercises to develop flexibility, strength and physical fitness (both aerobic and anaerobic). The exercises include yoga and tai chi type forms.
  • Repetition of techniques (punches, kicks, blocks etc.) with appropriate power, co-ordination and mental attitude.
  • Kata – set fighting sequences with imaginary opponents.
  • Set movements with partners of attack and defence (including grappling, take downs, throws and locks).
  • Bo (Okinawan staff) and escrima sticks –to improve co-ordination and technique.
  • Free sparring. The objective of free sparring at the Club is not to beat or harm the sparring partner. The objective is to improve fluidity, timing and distance in executing techniques and to assist the sparring partner to do so also. Blows are pulled or controlled to ensure safety. Students do not participate in free sparring until they have attained an adequate level of proficiency to do so with control and without adversely affecting technique.
  • Grappling and throwing on mats.
4.30pm – 5.30pm
5.30pm – 6.30pm
5.30pm – 7.30pm
10.00am – 11.00am
11.00am – 1.00pm

Mouth Guards and Wraps must be obtained in order to participate in any of our Karate classes. These items are available for purchase at the Hobart PCYC Reception Desk at the following prices:

Wraps $8.00
Mouth Guard $10.00

Mr Luke Parsell
Juniors (10-17 years)
$5.00 per session
Adult Club Member
$10.00 per session
Adult Non-Member
$15.00 per session

A Registration Form is attached to this page. For more information about the Goju Ryu Karate classes at Hobart PCYC, contact Mr Luke Parsell on 0417 398 715 or our friendly staff on (03) 6107 9206 or email