History of Goju Ryu Kyudokan Karate


Goju-ryu 剛柔流, founded by Chojun Miyagi, is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of karate. Goju-Ryu, Japanese for “hard-soft style,” combines hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, diverting, and controlling the opponent, including locks, grappling, takedowns and throws. Goju-ryu incorporates both circular and linear movements. Importance is also placed on breathing correctly, in addition to spiritual training methods that include body strengthening and conditioning.

David Morris Sensei デヴィッドモリス 先生 has over 40 years experience in Karate, more than 30 of which have been spent as a full-time karate teacher, indeed some of the karateka at his Kyudokan 求道館 school represent 2 or even 3 generations of the same family.

The Kyudokan is affiliated to Nihon Goju Ryu Karate Do 日本剛柔流空手道 which means it is a Bubishi linage school. The Bubishi is considered to be the ‘bible’ of Karate. Under the Nihon Goju Ryu Karate Do umbrella, the Kyudokan is connected to the Bubishi Kenkyukai 武備志研究会 - a study association dedicated to the teachings of the Bubishi.

David continues to travel to Japan to study under Yonemoto Kyoshi Sensei 米元先生 at his Seibukan Dojo 清武館 in Tokyo 東京.

Kyudokan, or kyu-do-kan, translates to “search for the way”. This is the essence of our karate, and most importantly our karateka, because only with the correct, authentic, guidance and, importantly, the freedom to explore one’s own path can we ever expect to reach true fulfilment and enlightenment in our studies.

Whilst many schools and karateka may believe the important journey is the path that leads them to their black belt; our philosophy is very different. At the Kyudokan, far from being the end of the journey, the attainment of the black belt, after many years of regular and dedicated training, represents the beginning of the true journey.

By far the biggest step of all though, is walking through the dojo doors for the very first time… We look forward to welcoming you.

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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?

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

Good to see Ian back training

He must have cut your hair

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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Thank you! Very proud of him today 🙂.

Lesley Jones this is where Jack goes x

この子、初めてなの⁉️😅凄いね~❗👍見処有るよ❗(^_^)v

Osu

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Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Association

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Well done all of you 👌🏼👏🏼

Excellent show, congratulations.

Excellent!

Jiten Desai Nisha Deepa Natasha

Charlie you are so good . Love uxx

Remember watching Lloyd train!

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A brilliant day yesterday at the Warsash Festival! Many thanks to Debbie and Ross who really didn’t stop demonstrating. We had queues lining up to try board breaking and pad work.

Met some past students from many years ago..some 20 years ago and met their children!! An emotional day for me.

So many people interested in joining at Holly Hill today, thanks to Debbie and Ross’s passion and enthusiasm.
If there is anyone who would like to come along for 10.30 this morning, to help the coach the newcomers , your support would be very much appreciated.
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Courage, the art of living dangerously

I’ve recently been interested by people’s own interpretation of courage and how there are many different forms of courage.
In karate, it is widely accepted that the more physical the grade, the better it is. To pass requires many attributes. One is courage.

Gavin Mulholland Sensei’s DKK has gradings, he calls it Field of Truth which from a layman’s point of view, appears quite brutal, some would say unnecessary. I disagree. One thing that Gavin does insist on from his students is courage. Because, quite simply, if his students do not possess or develop courage, they would fail their grade. ( please forgive my presumption Gavin but if you ever decide to change  the name, Field of Courage would be very appropriate, given the metal of your students )

But what is courage? Courage, very broadly, involves making a decision or taking action where a risk is involved—something actual or imagined to fear.  Courage is the necessary force ensuring growth rather than retreat. 
 I believe there are many different kinds of courage and as teachers we have a massive responsibility to our students ensuring such growth.

Physical courage is what most people think of first:  bravery at the risk of bodily harm or death.  It involves developing physical strength, resiliency, and awareness. 
Social courage is familiar to most of us as it involves the risk of social embarrassment or exclusion, unpopularity or rejection.  
Intellectual courage is to question our thinking, and to the risk of making mistakes.  It means discerning and telling the truth. 
Moral courage is doing the right thing, particularly when risks involve shame, opposition, or the disapproval of others, to match word and action with values and ideals.  It is not about who we claim to be to our children and to others, but who we reveal ourselves to be through our words and actions.  
Emotional courage opens us to feeling the full spectrum of positive emotions, at the risk of encountering the negative ones.  It is strongly correlated with happiness.  
Spiritual courage fortifies us when we grapple with questions about faith, purpose, and meaning, either in a religious or nonreligious framework. 

I recently had a grading where the students also displayed great courage and in doing so, passed their grade. Was it as hard and gruelling as Gavin’s grading requirements? Nowhere near!! Did they display courage? Yes, just as much!!

The grading I recently took was for the children. Children as young as five years old who displayed such courage in facing their  uncertainty, afraid of failure. It takes time to develop courage!   As we guide our children’s small steps knowing they can someday lead to taking big steps on behalf of themselves and others.Image attachment

Courage, the art of living dangerously

I’ve recently been interested by people’s own interpretation of courage and how there are many different forms of courage.
In karate, it is widely accepted that the more physical the grade, the better it is. To pass requires many attributes. One is courage.

Gavin Mulholland Sensei’s DKK has gradings, he calls it Field of Truth' which from a layman’s point of view, appears quite brutal, some would say unnecessary. I disagree. One thing that Gavin does insist on from his students is courage. Because, quite simply, if his students do not possess or develop courage, they would fail their grade. ( please forgive my presumption Gavin but if you ever decide to change the name, Field of Courage would be very appropriate, given the metal of your students )

But what is courage? Courage, very broadly, involves making a decision or taking action where a risk is involved—something actual or imagined to fear. Courage is the necessary force ensuring growth rather than retreat.
I believe there are many different kinds of courage and as teachers we have a massive responsibility to our students ensuring such growth.

Physical courage is what most people think of first: bravery at the risk of bodily harm or death. It involves developing physical strength, resiliency, and awareness.
Social courage is familiar to most of us as it involves the risk of social embarrassment or exclusion, unpopularity or rejection.
Intellectual courage is to question our thinking, and to the risk of making mistakes. It means discerning and telling the truth.
Moral courage is doing the right thing, particularly when risks involve shame, opposition, or the disapproval of others, to match word and action with values and ideals. It is not about who we claim to be to our children and to others, but who we reveal ourselves to be through our words and actions.
Emotional courage opens us to feeling the full spectrum of positive emotions, at the risk of encountering the negative ones. It is strongly correlated with happiness.
Spiritual courage fortifies us when we grapple with questions about faith, purpose, and meaning, either in a religious or nonreligious framework.

I recently had a grading where the students also displayed great courage and in doing so, passed their grade. Was it as hard and gruelling as Gavin’s grading requirements? Nowhere near!! Did they display courage? Yes, just as much!!

The grading I recently took was for the children. Children as young as five years old who displayed such courage in facing their uncertainty, afraid of failure. It takes time to develop courage! As we guide our children’s small steps knowing they can someday lead to taking big steps on behalf of themselves and others.
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A massive well done to all the students today who took their grading.

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Thank you so much... Tabitha was so unbelievably proud of herself and your lovely words! She has such little confidence in herself that yesterday meant the world to her x

Thank you for supporting Sandy through his grading. It was hard not being there but a pleasure to know my young man is coming into his own. He was very proud of himself when he got home.

Krystyna Bauza

Oliver being awarded Student of the Week. It was his first lesson. What make this award so special, this was his first time attending the advanced class. 
Well done Oliver

Oliver being awarded Student of the Week. It was his first lesson. What make this award so special, this was his first time attending the advanced class.
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Testimonials

  • Simon Ellis Sensei
    I started my karate journey with David Morris Sensei in 1986, when I was 12 years old. To say it had a profound effect on my childhood and early adulthood would be underselling it. In terms of confidence, physical development and spiritual focus it has been invaluable. Over the years life has led me away from the dojo on a few occasions for a couple of years and at times, like most people's lives today, it has thrown some curve balls. It is with utter confidence that I can say that without my karate, my teachers' guidance, and the mental strength and determination that martial arts has given me, these curve balls would have beaten me. At 44 I continue to study, still with Sensei Morris, and I hold Kyudokan karate in my heart; striving to use its philosophies and principles in all of life's everyday battles. For this Dave, I am truly grateful. Thank you my friend.
    Simon Ellis Sensei