Goju ryu karate Tableview with peter Klipfel 7th dan
karate classes for men and women in Tableview Cape Town

      What is Japanese Goju Ryu  -- How did it com about ?

Although Goju-Ryu was first established in Naha, Okinawa  Master Miyagi's had a  pupil, Gogen Yamaguchi who later introduced Goju-Ryu to Japan. Master Yamaguchi modified Goju-Ryu as a result of his own studies and philosophy, and structured his system of teaching to make it suit Japanese requirements. He added new training forms and other aspects of Goju training that became identified as Goju-Kai, the Japanese Goju-Ryu system of Yamaguchi Sensei. He also added his special understanding of the relevance of karate-do (and especially Goju) to our everyday lives. His true teachings live on in but a few of his many students...

One of the Stronger fighters of the day was Shuji Tasaki who later left the IKGA on the death of Gogen and formed the Seiwa Kai group .. that holds to the standard of Tasaki Hanshi ..  Tasaki passed away in 2011 and Fujiwara Hanshi took over.


One can say, without exaggeration, that Master Tasaki occupies a central position in the history of karate : rooted in the tradition and the origins of this art, he is also one of the main promoters of its diffusion on a global scale. To better understand his role, it is useful to sketch the history and filiations of this knowledge: Goju Ryu is now one of the most known and practiced style of karate in the world. Its founder was Shojun Miyagi (1888-1953), in 1930 in Okinawa. The Master took his inspiration from a Chinese Hakku to name his style: Goju means “hard and soft” in Japanese (softness of blocks, hardness of hits). It is on the occasion of one of his visits to Tokyo that he transmitted his knowledge to Gogen Yamaguchi, his successor.

At this early stage, karate involved mainly the practice of basic moves and techniques (to make the body tougher) as well as the practice of katas (succession of moves with an aesthetic dimension). There was no real fighting in the dojos. It is in Tokyo, with Gogen Yamaguchi (1909-1989) that kumite (fighting) began to spread in the dojos. This master soon became mythical in karate circles, as “Yamaguchi the Cat”, because of the many feline moves he introduced in fighting, as well as his lion-like big mane of hair and his piercing eyes.


To offset the post-war catastrophic context in Japan, Yamaguchi chose to transmit and pass on the new generation this art of life that is the way of karate (karate do), to inspire in them the will and courage to rebuild. Thus, he creates the “All Japan Karate-do Goju kai” (JKF), in the early Fifties… Among his best students: Shuji Tasaki.

In 1971, with the approbation of Gogen Yamaguchi, Master Tasaki starts his own karate association, the Seiwakai, to regroup a large number of karateka from all over the world.
 After Gogen Yamaguchiʼs death in 1989, Master Tasaki is the leading Goju karate instructor in Japan. Until his death in 2011, he will continue to give seminars on all five continents, together with Seiichi Fujiwara, his best student and future successor.
 Today, Master Tasaki stands in the mind of most as the ultimate model of the karate master, both grounded in tradition (from the time karate was strictly Japanese and closed to women) and open to modernity (open to the rest of the world and to women).

Gogen and  his student Tasaki , that went onto form the Seiwa kai group
peter shuji

Peter Klipfel with Shuji Tasaki before he passed away in 2011

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