training at tsuyoi kokoro dojo

Jundokan Okinawa goju ryu karate-do in Leeds UK

We welcome everybody from beginners to more advanced students to come and train with us. Come along and try it out,inside the dojo the atmoshere is relaxed and friendly..We have a seperate classes for juniors.

You'll learn the basic techniques of goj ryu and the foundations of the style ie its principles of movement,and steadily you'll begin to build an understanding of how to apply the range of techniques learnt within the context of self defence.

Different exercises and strengthening techniques,unique to Okinawan goju, are an important part of developing the body. For Tsuyoi Kokoro students the 'Daruma Taiso'  help us to prepare our bodies,learning how to move better, more fluidly,with greater balance and control. These excersises emphasize breathing correctly, flexibilty and strength. They can be demanding in themselves and so sometimes we dedicate whole sessions to this type of training.

Learning how to 'read' energy (our own and more importantly in regard to  protecting yourself, an attackers') can be about redirecting energy, controlling or subduing an opponents incoming force.Understanding the importance of the centre line, timing , balance etc.  we practice 'kakie',Okinawan pushing hands techniques , to help us understand 'energy' in this context.

Most lessons revolve around Kata; learning , training ,refining them and exploring the associated 'bunkai', or the practical applications contained within them . They've  been handed down from previous generations for the purpose of perfecting the techniques learnt at each stage. Chojun Miyagi Sensei taught 12 kata and these form the basis of our classes.

Kata Sanchin is perhaps the most important,it's the strong heart beat that resonates throughout all our goju karate...Within this kata are many of the foundational principles that are the basis of the style. Eiichi Miyazato sensei linked this kata to moving meditation. Breath leading movement...

In the dojo we pay particular attention to the 'dojo kun' (see below) emphasizing simplicity,humility and respect.

  Training  with us will take you through different stages of learning and understanding , consequently the concept of 'shuhari' is important to our philosophy (see below)

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Training in the dojo we have a place where we explore, (individually or with a partner ) a physical task in order to improve our understanding of the movements contained within kata. People from all walks of life come together to struggle, collectively, and as individuals, to acquire something they know might be unattainable - perfection of an art form-  overcoming any limitations, real or perceived. It's the journey itself to discover more that's important, not the destination.

We aim to introduce a 'traditional' Okinawan martial art to beginners and to help more advanced students refine their technique(s), developing their understanding of goju ryu ultimately in order to make it their evolve the practice beyond form(s) or style or associations or affiliations.

More than a sport,more than a way of staying fit and healthy,more than a fighting/combat/self defense training, goju ryu karate-do can develop a better understanding of ourselves; strengths and weaknesses.

The Dojo Kun Eiichi Miyazato

translated by Tetsunosuke Yasuda

-Be mindful of your courtesy with humbleness

-Train yourself considering physical strength

-Study and contrive seriously

-Be calm in mind and swift in action

-Take care of yourself

-Live a plain and simple life

-Do not be too proud of yourself

-Continue training with patience and humbleness

shu ha ri

Shu: In the begining stage the student follows the teaching of one sensei. They concentrate on how to do the task, without worrying too much about the underlying theory.If there are multiple variations on how to do the task, they concentrate on just one way their sensei teaches them..... Ri: Now the student isn’t learning from other people, but from their own practice and experience. They create and adapt what they’ve learned and experienced to their own particular circumstances..... Ha: At this point the student begins to branch out. With the basic practice now working they start to learn the underlying principles and theory behind the techniques. They also start learning from other teachers, sensei, and integrates that learning into their practice.