We actively promote and pursue the cultivation of both a moral and ethical code of conduct that approaches the way of the warrior.
The Ways of a traditional martial artist includes the pursuit of virtues and characteristics found in the Bushido Code of Conduct.
Goju Ryu is a close combat fighting system that comprises kicks, punches, takedowns, submissions, pressure point applications, and strikes used to subdue an opponent all while using the least amount of energy possible. Classes include strength training, stretching for agility and flexibility, self-defense techniques and kata (set forms and prearranged fighting stances used to discipline the mind and body). Partner exercises and sparring are also practiced.
Goju Ryu is one of the few traditional styles of karate that is still practiced in its original form and taught strictly in accordance with Okinawan doctrine. Goju Ryu is the perfect balance between a hard offense and soft defense. This martial art form builds both physical and mental strength. Goju Ryu is highly effective as a self-defense system as well as a close fighting technique used in real combat.
The Matayoshi Kobudo weapons system distinguishes itself from other weapons courses due to its emphasis on a true fighting application and its rich traditional heritage. Kobudo uses an extensive array of weapons that include the Bo (staff), Sai, Tunfa (police baton), Nunchaku (nunchucks), Kama (sickles), Ueku (boat oar), and three-section staff.
Weapons training is a great added line of defense in extreme situations where any object can be used to your advantage. Kobudo is available to both adults and children and is taught in a safe controlled environment. Our weapons training courses will help develop dexterity, physical strength, mental focus, and above all a new found respect for ALL weapons.
righteousness, honesty, integrity, sincerity, chivalry
perseverance, persistence, bravery, endurance
compassion, generosity, gentleness, mercy, charity
politeness, kindness, graciousness, good manners
dignity, loyalty, devotion, duty
self-control, moderation, life-balance, humility
knowledge (scholarly pursuits, life experience, and spiritual awareness)
ancestors, parents, elders (all life as well as nature)
Observe the training schedule (arrive on time)
Wear proper attire. Gi should be clean and presentable
No shoes allowed on the dojo floor
Show respect by bowing to the dojo shrine
If class is in session, politely request permission to join the class
Bow respectively to the instructor, senior students, and your peers
When instructed to line up or sit in seiza, do so in order of rank (maintain proper form)
Listen carefully to instructions, practice with sincere effort, and take correction and advice in stride
Handle all weapons and equipment with care. Put them back where they belong
Always be polite, courteous, and humble (bad behavior and arrogance will not be tolerated)
Be mindful of personal hygiene
Upon leaving the dojo bow toward the shrine, your in structor, and fellow students and say thank you - "Arigato gozaimashita"