Goju-Ryu, (Japanese for “hard-soft style”) is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of karate. Both principles, hard and soft, come from the famous martial arts book Bubishi (Chinese: Wu Bei Ji), used by Okinawan masters during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Go, means hard and refers to closed hand techniques. Or straight linear attacks
Ju, means soft and refers to open hand techniques and circular movements.

Goju-Ryu incorporates both circular and linear movements into its curriculum, combining hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent, including locks, grappling, takedowns and throws.

Class Format
Classes always start with a warm up and stretch. This is then followed by technique drills, katas and sparring practise. Classes end with active cool down and stretching.

Classes are suitable for ages 5-12. No experience is necessary to join. For those who are unsure we would highly recommend a taster session charged at £5 first, to try out the class for suitability.

Novices start with a white belt. Children are graded termly enabling them to progress to higher belts. Children are also offered the opportunity to test their skills and ability at competitive levels in external tournaments and competitions.

Due to health and safety parents are not allowed to remain on the premises, once a session has started.

Your Equipment
Once your child has signed up and joined karate at 313. We will provide your child with a Gi which must be worn at each session. Changing facilities (with cubicles) are available.

It is important that your child stays hydrated. Therefore, we always ask you to provide your son or daughter with a bottle of water. Alternatively, a bottled spring water can be purchased from 313 Fitness for 50p.