About Us

Introduction

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Goshin Karate is a traditional form of Karate-Do. Its roots are based within Japanese Shotokai and Malaysian Karate Budokan. Goshin replaces linear movement with techniques using evasion and also replaces powerful blocks with fluent deflections. The style has a great emphasis on having a realistic approach to training and bridges the gap between traditional basics and the practice of the fighting form.

Goshin Karate is a Martial Art not a Martial Sport. The main objective of the style is to learn realistic self defence for everyday life. There is no emphasis on competition and students are not forced to enter them. Students that wish to test their skills can enter the UK Kudo Championships. Students practice full contact sparring which incorporates groundwork.

Goshin Jutsu Karate

Translates to "Empty hand, the way of self defence".

A traditional Karate dedicated to the promotion of realistic self defence.


Goshin Lineage

Goshin Karate is a traditional form of Karate-Do. Its roots are based within Japanese Shotokai and Malaysian Karate Budokan. Goshin replaces linear movement with techniques using evasion and also replaces powerful blocks with fluent deflections. The style has a great emphasis on having a realistic approach to training and bridges the gap between traditional basics and the practice of the fighting form.

Grand Master Chew Soot (KBI)
Grand Master Chew Soot (KBI)
Master Harada (KDS)
Master Harada (KDS)
Shihan Brendan Simmons (GKA)
Shihan Brendan Simmons (GKA)
Shihan Malcolm Jones (Founder GKA)
Shihan Malcolm Jones (Founder GKA)
The lineage of Goshin Karate

Syllabus

The syllabus is divided into the following categories:

  • Kihon (Traditional basic technique)
  • Kata (Catalogue of self defence application)
  • Kansetsu (Joint manipulation and restraint)
  • Nagewaza (Throwing technique and take downs)
  • Tegumi (Okinawan wrestling, similar to Newaza)
  • Kumite (Sparring, full-contact head contact and floor work)
  • Tai Chi (Shibashi Qi Gong)
  • Meditation
  • Okinawan weapons (Bo, Sai and Nunchaku)

Photo of a hip throw

Goshin Practise

Kata - The Foundation of Karate

Kata is the underpinning knowledge of all technique practised in Karate. The intention of each movement or sequence contained within Kata is to gain an advantageous position or to disable an attacker with a single strike.

The practice of Kata is not only the foundation of Karate but the true expression of its history. Kata has had many influences from Chinese Kung Fu to Okinawan Tegumi in its infancy and then Ju Jitsu during the introduction to main land Japan.

Kata contain a comprehensive system of combative methods encompassing strikes, locks, chokes and throws which can be applied both standing and while on the floor.

The efficacy of a Kata is only measurable by its function.

From Kata our training is divided into the following sections:

  • Kihon - The practice of set basic movement.
  • Oyo - Application of technique using a partner.
  • Kumite - Sparring practice based on realistic scenarios (E.g. grappling, head butts, weapons, etc)
  • Goshin Riaru - Full contact fighting to promoting effective natural responses

Martial arts progress from Kata to Kumite and then to combat

Otsuka Hironori

Kumite is an actual fight using many styles of basic Kata to grapple with the opponent

Choki Motobu

Through sparring practice the practical meaning of Kata becomes apparent

Chojun Miyagi

Kudo Full Contact

Goshin Karate's sparring platform has evolved over the past ten years from the extensive research completed by the senior dan grades. The new holistic model includes all areas of possible conflict, standing striking/grappling, throwing and joint manipulation, ground work including restraints and submissions. All techniques are clearly referenced within Kata but are put to the test in live 1 on 1 or multiple attacker scenarios. Students wear full face headgear and grappling gloves to allow full contact sparring.

Goshin has been recognised by Daido Juku Kudo and is the lead organisation for Wales.

Kudo

Sensei Muhammed Anas - Kudo UK Chief Instructor


Principles

  • Goshin Karate Club is traditional yet friendly and welcomes the involvement of students' families
  • Classes are disciplined but not dictatorial
  • Students respect their teachers but do not fear them
  • The club does not exist for the financial gain of the instructors
  • Self defence is interpreted broadly, for example encompassing strategies for coping with bullying at school
  • The club respects the roots of Karate taught by Master Harada and as founded by Master Chew Choo Soot
  • The club style has its roots in traditional Budokan & Shotokai Karate but is constantly evolving
  • All martial arts are appreciated and proponents of other styles are often welcomed for demonstration sessions
  • The club is non political and welcomes male and female students of all races and religions
  • All martial arts carry an element of risk but all students and instructors are insured and the club places a strong emphasis on safety
  • Everyone has the right to be taught to defend themselves.