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GoJu Ryu Karate

Clenched Fist insignia by which USA Goju Ryu is identified.

While most karate styles teach the use of hard blocks and hard strikes, GoJu teaches the hard style but also emphasizes the “Soft” style.  It is a style that is compatible for both men and women, young and old.

GoJu Ryu (剛柔流), (Japanese for "hard-soft style") is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of karate, featuring a combination of hard and soft techniques. Both principles, hard and soft, come from the famous martial arts book Bubishi, used by Okinawan masters during the 19th and 20th centuries. Go which means hard, refers to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks; Ju which means soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements.

Major emphasis is given to breathing correctly. Goju Ryu practices methods that include body strengthening and conditioning, its basic approach to fighting (distance, stickiness, power generation, etc.), and partner drills. It incorporates both circular and linear movements into its curriculum and combines hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent, including locks, grappling, takedowns and throws.

"Do not be struck by others, do not strike others, and avoid trouble at all costs".  This teaching is an essence of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do.  In other words, after acquiring physical strength, one's attitude towards life should be the pursuits of a tranquil existence and an unfettered mind.  This state of peaceful coexistence between body and mind can be achieved only after rigorous training and tireless efforts on the part of the student of Goju-Ryu Karate.

Goju-Ryu Karate, can benefit men, women and children.  Through rigorous training Goju-Ryu Karate will develop strength, quickness, balance, and coordination.  At the same time Goju-Ryu will increase one's ability to concentrate, increase one's ability to focus leading to self-discipline, and self-control. Regular training will enhance circulation and digestion, help reduce back and joint problems, and help relieve stress.  

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Traditional Okinawan/Japanese Weapons

Kobudo (Ancient Weapon Arts) is the study of "weapons".  "Weapons way" a generic term coined in the 20th century, which can be used to describe collectively all Okinawan weapon combatives.  However, it is more accurate to specify "Okinawan Kobudo" in order to distinguish it from "Japanese Kobudo."  At Austino’s Karate Do you will learn the weapons of OKINAWAN KOBUDO - Weapon Arts of the Farmer and Fishermen and JAPANESE KOBUDO - Weapon Arts of the Samurai.

The benefits from training Kobudo on a physical, mental and spiritual level are the same as Karate. Kobudo training develops physical fitness and positive character traits. The study of Kobudo also works in conjunction with Karate and balances out the Karate practitioner’s training. In ancient 

times, weaponry and empty hand techniques were, for the most part, studied together. Kobudo also teaches how to use everyday items as self-defense weapons and the weapon itself empowers the person using it against an attacker.


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Austino's Karate Do

Four Seasons Health Club

626 Delsea Drive North

Glassboro, NJ 08028-1419

Tel: 856-417-3574