Goshukan Karate Academy is part of the Seiwakai Goju Ryu Karate-Do organisation, one of the member organisations of the Japan Karate Federation (JKF) Goju Kai.
The name ‘Goshukan’ was name given to Stacey Karetsian Shihan in 2007 by the Founder of Seiwakai Goju Ryu, Tsuji Tasaki Hanshi. Tasaki was known as Grandmaster Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei’s top student. He was a revered and extraordinary fighter and student of karate at that time. Yamaguchi would call him Goshu (a nick name).
Stacey has an extensive background in karate dating back to when he first started training in Shotokan (JKA) in 1984. He has been studying Goju Ryu since 2001, adopting technique and kata to inspire and help to grow the club he was a part of (GKR) for over 25 years. His passion for knowledge and constant improvement has lead him to take the next level in his personal development in the art, and to share this with others who share the same passion.
The pursuit of excellence and focus on constant improvement keeps us
determined and inspired to continue to reach our maximum potential.
Whether in the dojo or in life, we must keep what is useful (positive) and remove what is useless (negative). Karate mastery can only be attained through proper application of technique, training dedicated to developing strength of mind and body, understanding and consistent execution of ‘Kaizen’ – Constant and never ending improvement. We adopt this principle so that we never stop growing, never stop learning.
SHUHARI – THE JOURNEY TO MASTERY
At Goshukan we follow the traditional Martial Art learning model of Shuhari, the 3 stages of learning that take a student from a beginner to mastery. This philosophy is to understand the meaning of every training technique, appreciate its true form and commit it to muscle memory and ultimately our instinct. This means developing good training habits based on purpose, accurate technique and repetition.
TRAIN THE WAY YOU FIGHT – FIGHT THE WAY YOU TRAIN
This is our philosophy to training, and adopting the right training methods for improving our life through the development of mindset, fighting skills, and humility.
We focus on training with purpose and understanding the meaning of our training technique, and that develops a sense of personal awareness that is impactful in all areas of our training. When you train the right way, you will develop good habits. These habits will become your instincts. So it is vital that we learn to train with correct technique so that we develop habits that serve us.
We are fighting two battles – internal and external. The inner fight is to overcome self doubt, build up our self worth, have certainty of the person that we are and are becoming. The outer fight is that sense of having strength and fighting skill, to build confidence and inner security. We absolutely must consider the reality of what we are practicing every time we train. We have to appreciate the immense personal responsibility we are placing ourselves in when we are learning a martial art. The thing that we don’t want to do is to gain a false sense of confidence. This is not useful – it will not allow us to gain maximum inner strength.
Goshukan Karate Academy has adopted the symbol of Strength (Chikara) to identify the heart and soul (our purpose) of the club.
The focus is to build people up – to give them both the nurturing environment and the skills and tools to learn and develop fighting skills that will promote self confidence and humility – to inspire absolute strength of both mind and body.
We are teaching Next Level Karate. This is not about comparing styles or clubs, it is about what you can expect to get from your experience with training with our Academy. Whether it’s about your progress and personal development in the art, or how you adopt this attitude outside of the dojo and in all areas of your life – it’s about taking everything that you are and want to become to the next level.
Keep what’s useful, reject what isn’t – in the dojo and in life… Keep the positive, remove the negative.