Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate can be traced back over 1000 years ago. This ancient and traditional style has remained loyal to its original teachings, virtually untouched by the division of most martial art styles today.
Founded by its most devoted student Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953) Goju Ryu is Japanese for "hard-soft style”.
I hear you asking, “What on earth does that mean”? Well, Go means hard and refers to closed hand techniques or straight direct attacks. Whereas Ju means soft open hand techniques and circular movements.
In Goju Ryu Karate special importance is given to breathing correctly in all of the katas but particularly in the first of two core katas of this style.
Sanchin Kata which follows the hard (go) style where all muscles are flexed and tensed throughout essentially making it the most strenuous kata. This type of strength training is only recently understood in Western science and is known as "isometric training" in bodybuilding.
The second core kata is called Tensho Kata which highlights the soft aspects of Goju Ryu, and involves continuous, flowing movements which are aimed at teaching the student about the soft (ju) style of the system.
Goju Ryu follows methods that include body strengthening, conditioning and its uncomplicated approach to fighting (distance, power generation, etc.), and partner drills.
Goju Ryu integrates both circular and direct movements into its curriculum.
Combinations of hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent. Circular movements also include locks, grappling, take-downs and throws which are all a part of this amazing style.
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There are so many karate disciplines to choose from that it can become an overwhelming task... my humble advice would be to actually visit a dojo and watch the training in session. You will know from that experience if it is the one for you because you will feel it.
On that note, if you are looking for an undiluted approach to martial arts classes in Colorado Springs, either for yourself or your child then it is my sincere pleasure to introduce you to United States Karate Academy.
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The Colorado Springs locations were founded in 1984 by Miguel Serrano. USKA practices the ancient art of Goju Ryu Karate in all its glory.
The instructors at USKA are welcoming, patient, experts in their field and have a deep commitment to your training, development and self-esteem.
With four locations in Colorado Springs to serve you, United States Karate Academy offers Colorado martial arts classes for children from pre-school to adult.
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Training at USKA is a wonderful and rewarding experience and the benefits too numerous to mention. Take the path for your mind, body and spirit. You will be glad you did... I know because I have practiced this ancient martial art at United States Karate Academy since 2006!
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