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Karate-Do (empty hand way) is an ancient form of unarmed self-defence. It emphasizes effective self-defence techniques, physical fitness, develops character, and promotes harmony and peace.

At Burlington Karate & Kobudo, we teach authentic Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do (Jundokan). 

Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do originated in China. Its parent arts are believed to be White Crane and Southern Shaolin Kung Fu. It was brought to Okinawa in 1881 by Master Kanryo Higaonna who had studied in the City of Foochow, China under the legendary Kung Fu Master, Ryu Ryu Ko. Master Higaonna’s top student and successor was Master Chojun Miyagi. Master Miyagi developed the art further and in 1930 named it Goju-Ryu; meaning “Hard/Soft Style�.

Goju-Ryu Karate-Do is a dynamic and diverse art. It consists of hand techniques (punches, strikes and blocks), foot techniques (kicks, stances and footwork), Chinese fast wrestling techniques (grabbing, throwing, takedowns, etc.) and Chin Na (seize and control) techniques (joint locks, pressure points, choke holds, etc.). It also incorporates a variety of ancient Chinese training implements which strengthens and tones the body. Although Goju-Ryu Karate-Do develops self-defence skills and physical fitness (flexibility, cardio and strength) its primary goal is the development of character.

 

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