The style of karate taught by Hidden Dragon Karate-Do is Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu founded by Chojun Miyagi (1886-1953). Goju means "hard soft" style and reflects Miyagi's fusion of Shaolin, Pa Kua and Naha-Te to develop his new martial arts style. HDKD aims to deliver a syllabus which stays true to the origins of Miyagi's system. The syllabus consists of basic goju elements: strikes, blocks, stances, kicks. Students are taught basics in isolation to perfect each technique and their knowledge of these techniques is then broadened by utilising them in combinations, kumite (sparring) and kata (prescribed movement sequence, creative form). Development of kata is achieved by in-depth bunkai, which aims to promote an understanding of every element within each kata and to bridge understanding between kata performed and its self defence application.
As Goju Karate has its origins in Okinawa, Japan, the syllabus is delivered in Japanese. Click the link to see the Terminology list.
The club's syllabus has a progressive system of Goju kata, on which students are tested at grading assessments. Click the link to see our belt progression and the grading kata for each stage of advancement through the system.
Development of a karate-ka (karate student) is more than just development of techniques. Progression through each grade also requires the correct etiquette and demonstration of respect for themselves and others. Click the link to see HDKD's etiquette guidelines and expectations.
HDKD GOJU SYLLABUS KATA
"Do not strike others, and do not allow others to strike you. The goal is peace without incident."
"When your temper rises, lower your fists - when your fists rise, lower your temper."