Beauty, Balance & Power Dance

This is the primary system of traditional karate taught at Calasanz. Goju Ryu originated on the island of Okinawa, located between Japan and China. Goju Ryu is a blend of a traditional Okinawan fighting art known as Naha-te and Chinese Kung-Fu. The founder of Goju Ryu, Higaonna Kanryo Sensei (1853-1915) traveled to China to study the art of Kempo. Higaonna spent approximately 13 years in Fuzhou, China studying this style which he later integrated it into the native Okinawan arts upon his return. Higaonna’s successor, Miyagi Chojun (1888-1953) changed the name to Goju Ryu, based on a line in a classical martial arts text known as the Bubishi. This particular passage reads “Ho Goju Donto,” or the way of breathing is hardness and softness. Goju, Go meaning hard and Ju meaning soft, is a balanced system of hand-to-hand combat that integrates power and speed and flowing and circular movements. The soft movements emphasize the development of chi, while the hard focus on the development of strength.