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Ambler Area YMCA Goju-Ryu Karate-Do
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Welcome to the Ambler Goju-Ryu Karate-do Kyokai (Ambler GKK) virtual dojo. In these pages you will find information about Goju-Ryu Karate and the Ambler GKK Karate club. We hope that you find this information useful in your search for Karate excellence.
About the Ambler GKK Karate Club
The Ambler Goju-Ryu karate club came into being as an independent dojo in 1982 through the efforts of former Sensei James Hagan. Classes were, and still are, held at the facilities of the Ambler, PA branch of the YMCA.
In 1994 the Ambler dojo became affiliated with the Goju-Ryu Karate-do Kyokai (the GKK) through the efforts of current Sensei Bill Kane.
Current members of the Ambler YMCA are welcome to enroll for classes at the Ambler dojo. We realize that Karate is not for everyone and that you may decide, after trying it out, that you do not wish to continue. For this reason, enrollment is offered in 8-week sessions. No long-term financial commitment is required.
Classes are currently held three times a week at the following times:
Adult classes (kids welcome as well): Monday 7:30 9:00PM
Wednesday 7:30 9:00PM
Family class: Saturday 9:00 10:30AM (Adults and kids welcome)
We see ourselves as a traditional dojo. By that, we mean that we emphasize effort, respect, courtesy, and discipline. We do not teach students karate; we enable those with a desire to learn karate to do so. We also require students to learn the Japanese names for the various karate techniques. Advancement is at each students own pace, and instruction is available at all learner levels from novice through advanced.
About the GKK
The GKK is an international organization dedicated to the preservation and propagation of traditional Goju-Ryu Karate. The GKK is headed by Mr. M. Yamakura, eighth Dan. Master Yamakura was a student of Master Seiko Tada who was one of the two senior students of Master Chojun Miyagi, who codified Goju-Ryu. The GKK maintains its own web site at http://www.goju.com. This excellent site contains information about the GKK organization as well as a history of the martial arts in general, and of Goju-Ryu Karate in particular. Check it out.
The term Goju-Ryu literally means "Hard Soft Style". As the name implies, some of the techniques are strong (hard) and some are flowing (soft). The hard techniques are usually linear, or straight-line, punches, kicks, and blocks. These are similar to techniques found in other Japanese and Korean martial arts such as Shotokan Karate and Tae Kwon Do. The soft techniques are generally circular in motion and resemble those found in Chinese Kung Fu and other styles. This marriage of hard and soft techniques makes for an extremely effective, well-balanced, close-in fighting style.
About our web site
On our site, you will find profiles of our members and instructors, detailed requirements for kata and one-step sparring for all levels, and vocabulary. A full map is on the Home Page. Join us!