Gōjū-ryū (剛柔流), Japanese for “hard-soft style”, is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of Karate featuring a combination of hard soft techniques. Gō, which means hard and jū, meaning soft. Both principles come from the famous martial arts book the Bubishi. Gōjū-ryū incorporates both circular and linear movements into its curriculum, combining hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent, including joint locks, grappling, takedowns, and throws.
Major emphasis is given to breathing correctly in all of the katas but particularly in the Sanchin kata which is one of two core katas of this style. The second kata is called Tensho, meant to teach the student about the soft side of the system. Gōjū-ryū practices methods that include body strengthening and conditioning, its basic approach to fighting (distance, stickiness, power generation, etc.), and partner drills
Goju Ryu is Deep not Wide, we have only 12 Kata. Some hear this as ‘we only have 12 Kata’ perhaps thinking this sounds easy (and boring). These 12 kata help develop and refine central guiding principles of Goju ryu and lay out a curriculum for a lifetime of study. This speaks to the genius of the founders and their understanding of combat and the human body as well as their ability to package and transmit information. As someone who has been practicing these 12 kata for most of my life I can tell you the true information is revealed after years of practice and study needs to be guided by someone who has gone down this path before.
Our Philosophy: A Traditional martial art needs to be taught within the framework of what has been taught in the past. In this way it will develop central concepts and ideals. Students will begin to see themselves as part of something larger and more important. Changing the curriculum to meet popular interest turns the art into a product.
Our position: We are a karate school. Our instructors work to demonstrate good charter and live by example but they are not family therapists. They give feedback because they have high expectations they know you can reach. Martial arts can help a student develop discipline and self control but it does not happen by enrolling in classes. You must attend classes regularly, commit to the training and give your best effort all the time. We all have to practice to grow.
Our class enrollment runs in quarters to give students a fair opportunity to try classes and find the benefits.
Children by quarter (7-12 years old) $100 or $40 monthly
Adult by quarter (Including Kobudo) $125 or $50 monthly
Classes are taught by practitioners with more than 30 years of experience individually who are students first and have been teaching here for more than 20 years.
1: January 1 – March 31
2: April 1 – June 30
3: July 1-September 30
4: October 1-December 31
The Menomonie GoJu Ryu Karate Dojo is a 501 (c)3 Non profit educational institution focused on preserving the true essence of the traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate and Matayoshi Kobudo, serving the Menomonie area since 1984. We are a traditional non-sport oriented karate dojo focusing on skill building for life!