About Goju Ryu
The style we practice here is called Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Do. Goju means hard soft, employing both "hard" direct striking as well as well as "soft" redirection and circular movements.
Choose Your Weapon
The Bushinkan dojo is proud to carry on the traditional Okinawan weaponry called Kobudo. Weapon training is available for intermediate students. There are several types of traditional weapons taught.
The Real Mr. Miyagi
Was Mr. Miyagi real? You bet! Miyagi Chojun Sensei is the founder of Goju Ryu karate. Learn more about the history of this traditional Okinawan martial art.
About the Bushinkan Dojo
Hurricane Ida: Unfortunately, the Dojo was completely flooded by hurricane Ida. Not only was there significant damage to the building and the concrete foundation, almost all of the equipment was lost due to flood damage. None of the damage was covered by our flood insurance. (There will be a later video on the ethics of professions, and why we have to choose our professions to match our own ethical values. Suffice it to say that I view those who work in insurance as bottom feeders in our society.)
We will recover, repair, and rebuild. With the certainty of another flood in the future of Manville, we will not try to replace many of our more expensive training tools. For example, new tatami would cost us thousands, with little chance of keeping them safe. What will emerge from the wreckage is a leaner, meaner version of what the Bushinkan Dojo was. Our drive to achieve has not faltered.
We are a small dojo that values effort and integrity in training. Classical Okinawan Goju Ryu training is challenging by design utilizing old world methods for strengthening the body and forging the spirit.
We are not a sport oriented style. Okinawan Goju Ryu is a system born out of a need to survive and stresses practical applications and efficiency of movement.
That said, we do occasionally participate in sporting events to test ourselves. While sport has limited benefits, those benefits are important to the individual practitioner.
Start Your journey...
Okinawan Goju Ryu training benefits the mind body and spirit. The study is both demanding and rewarding. Come to our small traditional Dojo, meet Sensei, see what Bushinkan Dojo can offer you..