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Grandmaster Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei with Seiwakai Goju-Ryu Karate-Do founder Mr Shuji Tasaki Hanshi
Grandmaster Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei in white kimono with Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Seiwakai founder Mr Shuji Tasaki Hanshi to his left.

Our Lineage & History

The making of Goshukan and Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Seiwakai.

Goshukan Karate Academy is one of the many karate clubs in the world under Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Seiwakai, founded in 1971 by the late Mr Shuji Tasaki Hanshi (1933 – 2011), a 9th Dan practitioner in Seiwakai and Japan Karate-do Federation (JKF) Goju-Kai. Mr Tasaki began training in Goju-Ryu in 1952 under the tutelage of Grandmaster Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei. Mr Tasaki is known to be Yamaguchi Sensei's most competent fighter, having proven himself in the first All Japan Karate-Do Goju-Kai Championships in 1963. His extraordinary fighting ability has earned him the nickname 'Goshu' from Yamaguchi Sensei, a combination of the 'Go' meaning hard and 'Shu', the abbreviation of Mr Tasaki's first name Shuji. In 2007, the name 'Goshukan' was bestowed upon Goshukan Karate Academy's Chief Instructor, Stacey Karetsian Shihan, by Mr Tasaki.

Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi
Mr Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi

Today, Mr Tasaki's senior student, Mr Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi, leads the organisation as the President and Chief Instructor of Seiwakai Goju-Ryu international. Mr Fujiwara holds an 8th Dan black belt with Seiwakai and JKF Goju-Kai and is the Chairman of the Overseas Committee Office of JKF Goju-Kai.

Mr Fujiwara regularly travels around the world on five continents, conducting seminars and gradings for members of Seiwakai. Today, Seiwakai forms one of the most prominent organisations out of the 13 member organisations of JKF Goju-Kai, with thousands of members training each week worldwide within Australia, India, Slovakia, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, Hongkong, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Canada, USA, UK and Japan, just to name a few.

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The Martial Art

Brief History of Karate

Karate is a fighting art that evolved on the Japanese island of Okinawa when a ban on weapons was imposed onto the small island by the samurai rulers of Japan. It was introduced to mainland Japan in the early 1900s and was adopted and practiced as a way of personal development and character growth, focusing on self-defence, self-awareness and self-confidence. The three main areas of learning in karate categorises as Kihon, Kata and Kumite.

The word karate is a combination of two kanji: 'kara', meaning empty, and 'te', meaning hand. So karate literally means empty hand. Do means the way/path. Therefore karate-do implies karate as a total way of life that goes well beyond the self-defence applications. In karate-do, the purpose is to compete and strive to excel against ourself.

Today there are four main styles of karate in Japan: Shotokan, Goju-ryu, Shito-ryu, and Wado-ryu.

Areas of learning

Kihon, Kata and Kumite

  • Kihon

    Kihon means 'basics' and forms the fundamental building blocks of karate training. It includes strikes, kicks, blocks and stances. New students begin to learn basics when they start training; however, the practice never ends, as advanced martial artists often practice their basics regardless of how long they have been training.

  • Kata

    Kata means 'form'. A combination of moves consisting of both defensive and offensive movements. The training simulates a fight between the practitioner and one or more imaginary opponents. Kata is a training method for practising fighting movements, developing muscle memory, and training your mind and body to develop good form, speed and control, flowing from one stance to the next.

  • Kumite

    Kumite means 'sparring'. It is when two martial artists go up against each other to test their skills, performing defensive and offensive techniques. There are strict rules when participating in sparring to ensure the safety of practitioners, placing a lot of importance on technique and skill. Kumite practice includes freestyle training and structured fighting drills against an opponent.

Japan Karate-Do Federation (JKF) Goju-Kai

The Japan Karate-do Federation was formed in 1964 to help unify all traditional Japanese karate organisations. It is the first national karate federation founded in the world. The four main styles of Karate in Japan that forms the organisation are Shotokan, Goju-Ryu, Shito-Ryu, and Wado-Ryu. Most traditional Goju-Ryu organisations are members of the JKF Goju-Kai, which seeks to conserve and eternalise the karate style developed in Okinawa, Japan, by Mr Chojun Miyagi, founder of the Goju-Ryu school of Karate.

2018 Seiwakai International Gasshuku, Omagari, Japan
2018 Seiwakai International Gasshuku, Omagari, Japan

Student and Parent Testimonials

What our members say about us on Google.

I have trained with Sensei Ben on multiple occasions, and each time he has shown to be a proficient practitioner and competent instructor. I encourage anyone in the area to consider his dojo. Context: I am not a student, but another martial arts school owner.
Reece Cummings
Reece Cummings
5 March 2024
Exceptional Karate Dojo Transforming Lives! We've been part of Goshukan Karate Academy for nearly a year now, and the positive impact it has had on my daughter's life is truly remarkable. Sensei Ben is not just an expert in karate but also an outstanding mentor who exudes professionalism in every aspect. Under his guidance, my daughter has not only honed her physical strength and self-defence skills but has also experienced a significant boost in confidence. The supportive and nurturing environment of the dojo has played a pivotal role in shaping her personality positively and it stands out as the only after-school activity that has made such a profound difference for us (and we've tried many!). Our heartfelt gratitude to the entire team for creating a space where personal growth is not just encouraged but celebrated. This dojo truly deserves its spot among the best, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a transformative and enriching martial arts journey.
Jenny Shaviv
Jenny Shaviv
13 January 2024
Great Sensei,Good Groupe and learning.
Davinder Singh
Davinder Singh
23 August 2023
A good place to cultivate kids’ sport spirit, guts, and manner.
黃永孚
黃永孚
15 June 2023
This dojo inspires, and is committed to students moving forward, regardless of where they are in their karate journey. The emphasis is on understanding what you’re doing and why; integrating your mind and body.
N Carnahan
N Carnahan
17 February 2023
Led by a very knowledgeable instructor in a family friendly environment of learning that doesn't compromise on the rigour or the finer points of the Go-Ju ryue karate-do. I am an adult with some prior exposure to the art. I joined the do-jo for health reasons along with my desire to advance in the art. Beginner classes have a diverse student body ranging from white belts to a couple of black belts enabling me to advance at my phase without having a shortage of support such as sparing partners. I recommend without reservations.
Sudantha Balage
Sudantha Balage
5 February 2023
Goshukan Karate Canberra has helped me begin my karate journey and gain confidence, fitness and greater mind body awareness. Goshukan Canberra also has a number of highly accomplished practitioners who are passionate about helping fellow students and providing a very welcoming atmosphere.
Beau Olsen
Beau Olsen
5 February 2023
After two years with no training, I came to Goshukan Karate Academy Canberra as almost a beginner again. It has been a wonderful experience to renew training and to have the help provided by Sensei Ben to overcome the differences from the style I trained in for the past 20 years. The support and camaraderie has been fantastic, and while the differences present a major challenge, I know I am making headway thanks to Sensei Ben and the Canberra team. Thank you for allowing me to train with with.
Tony Blackie
Tony Blackie
5 February 2023
GOSHUKA Karate Academy is one of the best in Canberra. Sensai Ben and his team teach you with a very high standard. If you a beginner or on black belt they respect you all the same and the students leave with more and more confidence after each class. I highly recommend them.
Aleksandar Trpeski
Aleksandar Trpeski
23 January 2022
Traditional Karate with a modern and practical approach. It's attention on what's important and high standard make it a significant level up from some other karate clubs around town.
Ben Pfitzner
Ben Pfitzner
7 January 2022