United States of America Goju Federation (USAGF) karate is a style of Goju Karate developed by Master Joseph Kelljchian, 10th degree black belt. Goju karate has been carefully handed down three generations from Okinawa, Japan.
The word karate originates from two words: "kara" which means empty and "te" which means hand. Karate is an "empty hand" form of self-defense.
The word Goju is a combination of "Go" which means hard and "Ju" which means soft. Like the elements of the world we live in, Goju is both hard and soft. For example, we are soothed by the softness of the candles glow, yet the same element of fire can completely devastate an entire forest. The gentle patter of rain on a window can put us to sleep, while the relentless rains of a hurricane can topple the strongest buildings. Each of these elements has the properties of hard and soft, yet it is still the same element. Our sensei (teacher) shows us how to harness these elements that are within each of us. We are taught how to be soft when softness is called for and hard when it is required. Most of all ,we are taught discipline and courtesy. Without discipline there is no control, and without control, we are no better off then those who would attack us. Courtesy is our backbone and it is upheld to the highest.
WHY CHOOSE US?
We build quality people. We understand the importance of progression, however, that is not the main focus. Accuracy, Technique, Ability, Consistency, Confidence--being able to walk out of the dojo and KNOW what to do in a situation is the ultimate achievement.
I encourage you to stop by and see for yourself.
PARTICIPATING IN EVENTS
Competitions- try to go to at least one shiai and one open tournament a year. If you can participate in more, that's great! It is fun, you get to test your abilities and get to meet (even become friends with) people from other dojos and styles. It also answers the question "Sensei, how do I know I am ready?"
Aside from competitions, we also hold events outside of the dojo: Goju Picnic, Goju Carnival, Beach Workouts, Goju Cruise etc. Some of these events include a workout and some of these events are just about hanging out and having fun with karate people. Family and friends are welcome, the more the merrier!
3 RULES OF THE DOJO
1. Everyone Works
2. Nothing is Free
3. Everyone Starts at the Bottom
THE WAY OF THE DOJO
-Never talk back to sensei.
-No horse playing during class.
-Do not wear jewelry in class.
-Please use to restroom before class.
-If you arrive late, stand by the side and wait for sensei to bow you in.
-Wear your complete uniform, including a Headband.
-Always bow when entering/exiting the dojo.
-White belts with 3 stripes and up should have all their patches on their uniform.
-No one is allowed to fight without sensei's permission.