What are the benefits of training in karate?
Karate is more than a self defence fighting system. It is a way of life. We are learning a martial art, to build strength in both mind and body, and yet we wish to never have to use the physical component of the art to defend ourselves. Consistent training in karate can develop strength of mind, body, spirit. By developing fighting skills you build confidence, inner security, awareness, respect for self and others. Karate training builds character, it teaches us life skills to help us to overcome challenges, solve problems, embrace opportunities, strive for excellence.
How do I Join Goshukan Karate Academy?
Joining our club is easy and we have a few ways that a new member may join, depending on whether they have trained before or not. Contact us using the ‘Contact’ page and we will call you to discuss your goals and the best way to get started.
Do you run beginners courses?
Yes we do. It is important for new students to karate to feel like they are in a learning environment that is designed just for them. There’s nothing as frustrating as being thrown in the deep end with a group of mixed grade levels and told to ‘just try and keep up’. We have a Beginners Self Defence Program that runs for 10 lessons. This is a terrific introduction to self defence training, and more importantly, develop a solid understanding of self defence and safety awareness skills.
Do I have to start as a white belt if I have been training in another Goju Style?
What we’re doing is recognising the experience level that people who have already trained in a Goju based karate system and letting them train in their current grade belt until they are ready to be assessed and formally graded to the appropriate grade level in Goshukan Karate. For example, if you’ve had 3 years of training experience and have been graded up to brown belt in another similar style of karate, you will train and wear a brown belt so we know you’ve been pre-assessed to that level, and that will also help the instructors guide your training rather than seeing you wear a white belt and treat you as a beginner in karate. After you’ve trained for a minimum period (say 6 months) you will be assessed and if ready (you have met the required criteria) you may be graded to that level.
I have a Black Belt in karate already, do I have to start from white belt?
Good question! It really does depend on the style that you have done before. There are various clubs that are all teaching and using the basis of curriculums of the 2 main styles of Karate (Shuri-te and Naha-te). There were many opinions years ago that when a person started training in a new karate style, regardless of their previous training experience, that they must start off as a white belt . i.e. a beginner. Whilst this is appropriate and makes sense for many situations, there are many clubs within the same/similar styles or systems today, and just like when you are studying any tertiary education and gain credit points when moving from one course to another, the same can be said for transferring your karate journey from one Kai (school) to another. Speak to us about your situation. Every person is assessed on their own merits and training history.
What does a grade transfer mean and how does it work?
The grade transfer is much like a credit system where just like many educational courses do, if you’ve studied content that is relative to what we do, your prior knowledge and learning may be taken into account. What this means is that if a person has trained in a similar style they may not necessarily have to start off as a white belt and grade through the beginner levels again. Speak to us about your situation and background. Every person is assessed on their own merits and training history.
What is the Australian Karate Federation?
The Australian Karate Federation (AKF) is the national governing body of karate in Australia recognised and endorsed by the Federal Government, the Australian Olympic Committee and the Australian Sports Commission. The AKF is a member of the World Karate Federation (WKF). The WKF is recognised by the International Olympic Committee as representing the sport of Karate. Goshukan Karate Academy is an AKF Member.
What is the Japan Karate Federation ?
The Japan Karate-do Federation was established in 1964 to organize and oversee all styles of traditional Japanese Karate. This organisation is part of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (文部科学省 Monbu-kagaku-shō). It is led by a member of Cabinet who is selected by Japan’s Prime Minister.The vast majority of traditional Goju Ryu organisations are members of the JKF Goju Kai. This organisation seeks to preserve and perpetuate the style of karate that was developed in Okinawa, Japan by Mr. Chojun Miyagi.