A Brief History of Karate-Do
Karate started on a small island off Japan, called Okinawa. The Okinawan people were forced to find a way to defend themselves against armed invaders. In secret and without any weapons, they developed a martial art called karate do, which means ‘the way of the empty hand’.
Several different schools of karate originated in Okinawa, but we practise a very traditional style called Goju-Ryu. This literally means ‘hard and gentle school’.
Goju Ryu was founded by Chojun Miyagi Sensei in the late 1920’s after years of study with Sensei Kanryo Higoanna. After Miyagi Sensei’s death, Ei’ichi Miyazato Sensei continued his teachings.
Goju-Ryu is a close range self-defence system, characterised by circular blocks, joint manipulations and kicks to the lower body. Dynamic tension and breathing are a large part of the training and included in many katas.