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Brief History of Goju Ryu

Gōjū-ryū (Japanese for "Hard-soft style") is a style of karate, so called as it allows a combination of hard and soft techniques.

The development of Gōjū-ryū dates back to Kanryo Higashionna, (1850-1915), a native of Naha, Okinawa. As a teenager he trained with an Okinawan master named Aragaki Seisho. It is believed that he studied chi chi, or Chinese boxing, under the kung fu master Liu Liu Ko.

Higashionna's style was known as Naha-te.

His most prominent student was Miyagi Chojun (1888-1953) who began training under Higashionna at the age of 12. After Higashionna's death Miyagi sailed to China and studied there for several years, returning to Naha in 1918.

The name comes from; 'Go' meaning hardness or external force, 'ju' meaning softness or internal force.

Gōjū-ryū combines hard striking attacks like kicks and punches with softer circular techniques for blocking and controlling the opponent.

Gōjū-ryū's specialty over the other karate styles is 'in-fighting' or close-quarter combat.
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