Goju-Ryu Karate is a traditional Martial art, stemming over 140 years from Okinawa and Japan, is characterized by a combination of hard “Go” and soft “Ju” components. The Karate of the Goju-Kai Organization was formed in Japan in the early 1950's. This style of Karate is an extended version of the Goju art of both the External (Hard) and the Internal (Soft) development of the individual.
The CHINESE GOJU SYSTEM was founded in 1971 by Shidoshi Ronald Van Clief. In 2021 the Chinese Goju System reached a major milestone and celebrated it's 50th anniversary of its formation.
The 'Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate Association' was formed in 2020 and is headed by Soke Glenn Perry and based on a few revised concepts he received while training directly under Shidoshi Ron Van Clief for over 45 years. This extended art form his rendition and personal interpretation built on over 50 years of martial arts experiences.
The historical relationship of Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate to other forms of Karate
Fundamentally, all martial arts share the same nature; the human body moves the same way in China, Japan, Okinawa, or the United States, and the nature of human violence and self-defense is pretty much constant. However, to understand the training methods of a specific school, a historical perspective can be useful.
The roots of Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate can be traced back through the Chinese Goju System of Grand Master Ron Van Clief, Peter Urban (and further back to Master Gogen Yamaguchi’s Japanese Goju-Kai) and to the Shotokan school of Master Gichin Funakoshi. Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate incorporates kata (forms) from each of these lineages, as well as kata developed by Shidoshi Van Clief.
'Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate' attempts to blend Eastern and Western martial arts philosophies with American ingenuity. This modern American martial art is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline, and hard training. The style is still considered 'Hard & Soft' and influenced by the circular hand movements of various Chinese arts along with the grace and power of Okinawan and Japanese Goju-Ryu Karate.
The concepts of this art evolve linear and circular foot movements, often blocking and striking at the same time, the blocks are usually executed with open palms, focused strikes, fast, powerful and precise. The movements are executed strategically in and out and circular side patterns, in contrast to many traditional hard style karate, where the movements are linear, straight forward and back.
Chinese Goju-Ryu teaches fluidity and flexibility of the mind and body for human development and through the introspective perception developed within the martial arts criteria. Advanced students are constantly being pushed out of the their comfort zone, to the full range of their human potential; with the implementation of Chinese Goju-Ryu philosophy, the student understands Goju ideology, hard and soft in concept and technique.
The essence of Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate is definitely not stagnant and its is constantly evolving. As the student ages and matures so does his art mature and adapt to the abilities and needs of it's practitioners. There should be no limit to one's longevity in the study martial arts. There is a sense of freedom and ease of transition of techniques as the student enters his or her senior years.
Each student's training regimen is based on his/her capabilities and their maximum potential. Through focused training in the art of Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate encourages the student to build the mental and physical foundations necessary to acclimate to the ever changing environment in which we live, work and play.
Practitioners of Chinese Goju-Ryu understand that change is constant in life as it is in their training. The martial arts we practice in our youth must evolve as we do and allow us to adapt as we continue to train and mature into our senior years.
IN 2021 WE CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF BLACK DRAGON AIKI-JUTSU & CHINESE GOJU-RYU KARATE
WORLD MAP OF CHINESE GOJU-RYU KARATE - BLACK DRAGON AIKI-JUTSU
Shidoshi Glenn Perry, 10th Dan
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