What is JKF Goju Kai?

Karatedo in Okinawa can be broadly divided into two sects, Nahate and Shurite. The most popular school of Nahate is Goju-kai, which is a strain of Chinese Nanpa Shorin-ken. In 1930, the founder Chojun Miyagi named his school “Goju-ryu”. He cited a line to name his school from “Bubishi” which is a traditional book of Shorin-ken Hakkaku-mon in Fujian province, China.


The founder Chojun Miyagi defined essence of karatedo as that “Karatedo is a measure to train your body and mind, to keep in shape and to protect yourself in a dangerous situation.”

Fights of martial arts are fights of life or death. Therefore, we need to be serious and to concentrate on practice to learn techniques for survival in serious fights. To do so, Chojun Miyagi thought that a harmonious development of body and mind is necessary and he devised many training methods through his hard training.

He introduced modern point of view into conventional meditation and health program and developed Junbi Undo, or preparation exercise which was produced for improving your health, and Hojo Undo, or supplementary exercise which is practiced with equipment from an early stage of school’s development. He developed rational system of training. Junbi Undo and Hojo Undo are still actively used without any changes.

The basic Kata Sanchin, Kaishu, or open hand Kata Gekisai 1 and 2, Heishu, or closed hand Kata Tensho, authentic Kata of Kanryo Higaona Sensei such as Saifa, Seiyunchin, Shisochin, Sanseiru, Seipai, Kururunfa, Seisan and Suparinpei are instructed.

It is said that Sanchin is the basic Kata of Goju-ryu to study “Ki, Soku and Tai” which are necessary factors of martial arts, and this is a basic Kata for training to learn right breathing and posture for massive attack and defense techniques. The founder Chojun Miyagi studied Rokkish from Chinese boxing Nan-ha Shorin-ken Hakkaku-ken and developed Tensho as Heishu Kata. Tensho aims to study “Ki, Soku and Tai” as same as Sanchin and several Uke techniques and
attacking techniques by Shotei are featuring.

History Of JKF Goju Kai

Sensei Chojun Miyagi was invited to Ritsumeikan University. Karate-do club founded in it. Main member were Mr. Gogen Yamaguchi, Jitsuei Yogi, and
Soh Nei Choo. Mr.Jitsuei Yogi is an Okinawan. Mr. Soh Nei Choo is one of Instructor who gave instruction to Mr. Masutatsu and Ooyama who is a founder of Kyokushin-Kai.

Mr. Shozo Ujita joined the club.

Mr. Tomoharu Kizaki, Mr. Kenzo Uchiage, Mr. Kenkichi Katano joined the club.
Mr. Ujita visited Okinawa.

Mr. Kuranosuke Kimura joined the club.

Sensei Chojun Miyagi(Founder of Goju-ryu) visited Kyoto Japan for teaching Karate.

Mr. Gogen Yamaguchi called to organize All Japan Karate-do Gojukai.
This organization did not work well.

Mr. Shozo Ujita called to organize re-newal of All Japan Karate-do Gojukai.
Inaugural meeting for JKF Gojukai was held at Kyoto(2nd/April/1972).
Over 60 people attended to this meeting and Mr. Gogen Yamaguchi acceded to president.

President : Mr. Gogen Yamaguchi
Vice-president : Mr. Jitsuei Yogi, Mr.Soh Nei Choo, Mr. Yukinori Uehara
Chairman of Board : Mr. Shozo Ujita
Vice-chairman : Mr. Tomoharu Kizaki, Mr. Kenzo Uchiage, Mr. Kyo Mouri, Mr. Haruyoshi Kagawa, Mr. Seigo Tada
General Secretary : Mr. Kuranosuke Kimura

Mr. Gogen Yamaguchi was asked to resign his position. His concept of management of JKF Gojukai had differed from other seniors.
Mr. Yukinori Uehara acceded to acting president.

The first JKF Gojukai Annual Tournament was held at Kyoto city.

Mr. Shozo Ujita acceded to 2nd President of JKF Gojukai.

The 1st JKF Gojukai International Championship was held at Singapore.

The 2nd JKF Gojukai International Championship was held at Hong Kong.

Mr. Shozo Ujita passed away.

Mr. Kenzo Uchiage acceded to acting president.

3rd International Championship at Sydney Australia.

Mr.Toshisada Kono acceded to 3rd president of JKF Gojukai.

4th International Championship at Christchurch NZ.

Mr. Toshisada Kono passed away.

Mr. Kenkichi Katano acceded to acting president.

Mr. Kyo Mouri acceded to acting president.

Mr. Kyo Mouri acceded to 4th President of JKF Gojukai.

Mr. Kyo Mouri passed away.
Mr. Eizo Ujita who is a son of Mr. Shozo Ujita acceded to acting president of JKF Gojukai.

Mr. Eizo Ujita acceded to 5th President of JKF Gojukai.