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Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do


Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do is an established karate school of many years standing and continues to study Goju Ryu karate under the direction of David Morris.

Since its beginning, in 1979, the Kyudokan has represented the traditional values of karate and is one of the very few in the UK still teaching authentic Japanese karate. David continues to study and at 63 his visits to Japan have afforded him a wealth of knowledge, which is evident in the Kyudokan’s teaching ethos: a great depth of tradition, sometimes lacking in the more modern ‘Westernised’ schools.

The Kyudokan is a full time dojo in the Northam area of Southampton and being central, is easily accessible from all over the city. Fully equipped and with expert tuition, you will find instructors and students alike ready to welcome you. Whether you are an experienced karateka or just beginning your journey; the Kyudokan will help you on your own martial arts path.

The kyudokan also has weekly training at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, Bitterne Leisure Centre, Holly Hill Leisure Centre in Sarisbury Green and Places leisure Centre in Eastleigh

Classes cater for all ages, genders and abilities allowing adults and children and families to train separately or together depending on their preference.

The structured syllabus helps the student gain and develop confidence and fitness while learning the traditional ways of martial arts.

Everyone has the opportunity to progress through the grades from white belt to black belt and beyond with encouragement to undertake more in-depth study.

In addition to Karate, Kyudokan also does:

  • Kyuology: a 3 Week anti-stress combat system course that meets twice a week.
  • Karate Parties: where your child can be a black belt for a day
  • Weapons Training: to help co-ordination and dexterity
  • School Holiday Clubs: children care during school holidays
  • Karate Camp: members can spend a few days a year in the New Forest enjoying camping, BBQ's, obstacle courses and of course Karate!

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Practicing with weapons will improve coordination, dexterity and distance which are very important. They also are great fun . It’s Joshua’s first time practicing with the nunchaku. I’m pleased he didn’t want to use the wooden ones.

We will be holding a nunchaku course during half term. Please let me know if your interested as soon as possible as numbers will be limited.
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Really good, this is excellent to see. Well done Joshua (+Sensei)!

Ben Baki Sensei band is playing
on 14th December Ben Baki Sensei will be playing with his band. This is not a Kyudokan specific event, but everyone is welcome. For full details and ticket prices please see their website http://www.the-strand.net

Ben Baki Sensei band is playing
on 14th December Ben Baki Sensei will be playing with his band. This is not a Kyudokan specific event, but everyone is welcome. For full details and ticket prices please see their website www.the-strand.net
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Classes this Week
Just a reminder to everyone that the Junior classes on Wednesday and the Friday Senior class this week are cancelled.
All classes return to normal next week.
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Does that mean there’s no class at all on Wednesday or is the 6.30 senior class still on please?

2 months ago

Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Association

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Kyudokan Grading - Sunday 27th October
A huge congratulations to Hayden, Lilly and Ollie for achieving their Red Belt 9th KYU.
Kai and Luke for continuing their leaning to pass their Yellow Belt 8th KYU.
Zac, Aiden, Johnathan and Lilly for getting the basics right and passing their Orange Belt 7th KYU.
Jacob, Rohan and Elliott for performing Sanchin Kata passing their Green Belt 6th KYU.
Finally a massive congratulations to Sam (10 years old!!) for passing his Brown Belt 1st KYU. To pass his grade Sam had to prove that he knew all the basics to a high standard before doing the Katas Sanchin, Gekifa, Saifa, Sanseiru and Unshu, His final test was a few rounds of Kumite demonstrating his fighting skills and applications. Well done Sam, just one grade to go until your first Black Belt!

Kyudokan Grading - Sunday 27th October
A huge congratulations to Hayden, Lilly and Ollie for achieving their Red Belt 9th KYU.
Kai and Luke for continuing their leaning to pass their Yellow Belt 8th KYU.
Zac, Aiden, Johnathan and Lilly for getting the basics right and passing their Orange Belt 7th KYU.
Jacob, Rohan and Elliott for performing Sanchin Kata passing their Green Belt 6th KYU.
Finally a massive congratulations to Sam (10 years old!!) for passing his Brown Belt 1st KYU. To pass his grade Sam had to prove that he knew all the basics to a high standard before doing the Kata's Sanchin, Gekifa, Saifa, Sanseiru and Unshu, His final test was a few rounds of Kumite demonstrating his fighting skills and applications. Well done Sam, just one grade to go until your first Black Belt!
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I wasn’t aware there was grading yesterday? Ollie is desperate to take his next one and has been waiting since last month!

Sam was really proud to pass and he managed to get his brown belt 1st KYU when he was actually only 10. 😊

Just recently,  I have had discussions with people who say they practice traditional karate. I’ve asked “why “? They normally reply that they continue the teachings of their teacher.

While there is some merit in this, sometimes it’s easy to be caught  in tradition within a group and people follow old traditions when they are resistant to change: Karateka of long standing tend to find it difficult to adapt to the new traditions of the changing world.

Tradition is the past, you cant change it but you can learn from it, By living wholly in tradition, you may find yourself living in the past. Move forward. It is not the past that matters but the future. But the future is not decided The present defines the future. 

The concept of past, present and future is known as time. In Kumite understanding time should be studied most earnestly

Just recently, I have had discussions with people who say they practice traditional karate. I’ve asked “why “? They normally reply that they continue the teachings of their teacher.

While there is some merit in this, sometimes it’s easy to be caught in tradition within a group and people follow old traditions when they are resistant to change: Karateka of long standing tend to find it difficult to adapt to the new traditions of the changing world.

Tradition is the past, you cant change it but you can learn from it, By living wholly in tradition, you may find yourself living in the past. Move forward. It is not the past that matters but the future. But the future is not decided The present defines the future.

The concept of past, present and future is known as time. In Kumite understanding time should be studied most earnestly
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Totally agree. Kimesanchin is constantly evolving

In the end we are all in a Ryu of one

Great class tonight, juniors working extremely hard, now a time to reflect

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Kyudokan dojo, a great atmosphere to study. Lantern designed and made by Mike Moss, a beautiful piece of art given as a gift to the Kyudokan

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The dojo looks grand!

It’s the best feeling in the world to see old students return. Ian started karate with me when he was seven. Twenty seven years later he returns to the dojo. Picks up a broom and sweep the floor. No more to be said

It’s the best feeling in the world to see old students return. Ian started karate with me when he was seven. Twenty seven years later he returns to the dojo. Picks up a broom and sweep the floor. No more to be said ... See MoreSee Less

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He must have cut your hair

Good to see Ian back training

Ian Turner so many fond memories of you and your dad love to you both xxxx

It’s the best feeling in the world to see old students return. Ian started karate with me when he was seven. Twenty seven years later he returns to the dojo. Picks up a broom and sweep the floor. No more to be said

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Day 5 of the 10-day martial arts challenge.

Every day I select an image from a day in the life of martial arts that has had an impact on me, or been a memorable moment, and post it without a single explanation.

That’s 10 days, 10 martial arts photos, 10 nominations and 0 explanations. Be active, be positive, be passionate... Grow the sport!

Day 5 of the 10-day martial arts challenge.

Every day I select an image from a day in the life of martial arts that has had an impact on me, or been a memorable moment, and post it without a single explanation.

That’s 10 days, 10 martial arts photos, 10 nominations and 0 explanations. Be active, be positive, be passionate... Grow the sport!
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前屈立!?だとしたら、腰が高すぎる!!あと10cm下げればもっと力が出る!(膝をもっとつま先まで出す)この前足では膝がすぐ殺されるよ!!

Kyudokan Junior Grading Session, Sunday 25th August:
We had 16 children try for their grade at our regular grading session at the main dojo, with 14 passes it was a great success.
Congratulations to Kai, Xander and Alex for passing their Red Belt 9th KYU.
Well done to Zac, Leonardo, Charles, Alfie, Aiden and Rhys for passing their Yellow Belt 8th KYU.
A great result for Jacob, Jack and Elliot who passed their Orange Belt 7th KYU.
Amazing performance by Lexi who passed her Brown Belt 2nd KYU.
Finally a a massive well done to Charlie who passed his Brown Belt 1st KYU at 10 years old.
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Well done to you all

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Nice!

Well done Ben and Charlie Gibbs

The Kyudokan hosted a special open lesson in honour of Shinchan, a fine young man from Yonemoto Sensei’s dojo in Adachi Ku, Tokyo, Japan. Being his first visit to the UK, we were eager for Shinchan to enjoy his stay.

Many thanks to Daniel Tennent Sensei who was instrumental in making it possible for Shinchan to stay with the students who visit Yonemoto Sensei’s dojo. Daniel Sensei was keen to fulfill Yonemoto Sensei’s wish to see us all together. 

It was good to see some of the students of Yonemoto Sensei enjoying the day and studying together. We are all very fortunate to have a Sensei who teaches “ friendly ways” and we continue to study daily so that we may understand this teaching a little deeper.

The Kyudokan hosted a special open lesson in honour of Shinchan, a fine young man from Yonemoto Sensei’s dojo in Adachi Ku, Tokyo, Japan. Being his first visit to the UK, we were eager for Shinchan to enjoy his stay.

Many thanks to Daniel Tennent Sensei who was instrumental in making it possible for Shinchan to stay with the students who visit Yonemoto Sensei’s dojo. Daniel Sensei was keen to fulfill Yonemoto Sensei’s wish to see us all together.

It was good to see some of the students of Yonemoto Sensei enjoying the day and studying together. We are all very fortunate to have a Sensei who teaches “ friendly ways” and we continue to study daily so that we may understand this teaching a little deeper.
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This young man is amazing!!
Xander has only joined today. Aged 4, his co ordination is remarkable. Definitely a black belt for the future!
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この子、初めてなの⁉️😅凄いね~❗👍見処有るよ❗(^_^)v

Thank you! Very proud of him today 🙂.

Osu

Lesley Jones this is where Jack goes x

6 months ago

Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Association

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6 months ago

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