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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Kyudokan is a traditional Karate dojo with an Innovative approach

For grading kyudokan assess their students at every training session and communicates progress through the Kyudokan App.

This ensures that the standard needed for the next grade is practiced everyday and not just at a pre-arranged grading event.

This approach also helps many students who get nervous doing exams.

Students then receive their grade at their lesson.
Kyudokan Karate students never have to ask for their grade, they can track their progress at all times and be confident that they will receive it when they are ready.

Here are a few pictures of students that have recently graded using this process, well done to everyone that graded recently! if you have any pictures of you with your new belts from this weekend feel free to post and tag us in them, Look forward to seeing all your pictures!
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2 days ago

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🥋🥋 Another Big Sunday session today, and it was Hot! 🥵 the ice cream was definitely needed to finish off the session! 🍦🥋🥋

🥷Every Sunday 11:45am Holly Hill leisure Centre! 🥷

➡️ Next Session - Tuesday 6pm Places Leisure Centre Eastliegh look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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Thank you for the ice cream, they were absolutely delighted with such a lovely treat. 🙍🏻‍♂️👧🏻🥋 🍦🙏

I love these sessions so much! Always come away with a massive smile on my face. 😁

3 days ago

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🥋💪 Another Great Conditioning Saturday, great to see so many of you today! 💪🥋

🥷Every Saturday 11:30am Hatch Grange Park 🥷

➡️Next Session- Sunday 11:45am Holly Hill- due to weather everyone will be outside⬅️
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I'm not sure I should laugh quite as much in a lesson, but there you go!

5 days ago

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🥋🥋Another Awesome session tonight, with our many Sensei’s we can split into groups and focus on Kata, Bunkai , Kihon and Kumite! 🥋🥋

🥷Every Thursday Chamberlayne Leisure Centre - 6pm Family session and 7pm Adults & Advanced Juniors🥷

➡️ Next session- Saturday 11:30am Hatch Grange Park, West End ⬅️
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1 week ago

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🥋🥋 Another Great Sunday Session yesterday! Kata and pad work for juniors, Breathing techniques and learning the importance of your Kamae for seniors! 🥋🥋

🥷 Sunday’s 11:45am at Holly Hill leisure centre 🥷

➡️ Next Session - Tuesday 6pm Places Leisure Centre Eastliegh, Look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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Interesting session: chudan uke does not mean middle block, but middle receive. It also doesn't mean upper punch 🤔🤫🤦🏻‍♂️

1 week ago

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🥋🥋Another Awesome Conditioning Saturday, Great work out 💪 🥋🥋

🥷Every Saturday 11:30am Hatch Grange Park West End 🥷

➡️Next Session Today 11:45am Holly Hill Leisure Centre, look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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2 weeks ago

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🥋🥋Hikite 引き手 (Hiki =pulling, Te=hand) techniques and some Chudan Maywashi Geri (Chudan = middle Maywashi Geri= Roundhouse kick) in our session yesterday, awesome class and great standards throughout! 🥋🥋

🥷Tuesdays 6pm Places Leisure centre Eastliegh 🥷

➡️Next sessions Thursday Chamberlayne Leisure Centre Southampton, 6pm family session, 7pm Seniors and advanced Juniors ⬅️
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🥋🥋 Big Congratulations to Clarke aged 6 for successfully passing his orange belt yesterday! 🥋🥋

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Well done Clarke, you are a model student. 🥋

Dude!

Sugoi - excellent

AWESOME well done from South Africa

Well done Clarke xxx

Great job! 🙌

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2 weeks ago

Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do

🌞🥋Another awesome session today with everyone outside due to weather! Good to see so many in their Kyudokan T-shirts!🥋🌞

🥷 Sunday’s 11:45am Holly Hill Leisure Centre, Normally everyone inside🥷

➡️ Next Session - Tuesday 6pm Places Leisure Centre Eastleigh look forward to seeing you all there!⬅️
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2 weeks ago

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🥋Great session again today, lovely weather, proving that there is never good weather for burpees 🥵🥵... #nomoreburpeesplease 🥋

🦾Conditioning Saturdays, 11:30am at Hatch Grange Park West End - everyone outside ⛰🦾

➡️ Next Session - Tommorow 11:45am Holly Hill leisure Centre , Due to the weather we will all train outside for this... no Gi needed, please wear your Kyudokan T-shirts! ⬅️

👕👕 Ps. We will have some of the new t-shirts in stock and bring along with us tommorow if you wish to purchase one! 👕👕
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3 weeks ago

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🥋🥋Another awesome couple of sessions tonight! More focus on Pinan Kata and bunkai/applications🥋🥋

🥷🥷Thursdays at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, 6pm family session, 🥷🥷7pm Adults and Advanced Juniors. 🥷🥷

➡️ Next Session 11:30am Saturday Hatch Grange Park West End, look forward to seeing you all there!⬅️
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3 weeks ago

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🥋🥋Another Great class today, focus on Pinan Kata and some combinations🥋🥋

🥷 Tuesdays 6pm at Places Leisure Centre, Eastleigh 🥷

➡️Next Sessions Thursday Chamberlayne Leisure Centre 6pm Family - for everyone 7pm Seniors and advanced Juniors ⬅️ look forward to seeing you all there! 💪
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3 weeks ago

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🥋🥋Another Big Sunday session, everyone back inside again! 🥋🥋

🥷🥷A focus on Kata and applications, with Sol showing us all how to get out of a wrist hold from Chief Instructor Dan🥷🥷

🥋Sunday’s 11:45am Holly Hill Leisure Centre 🥋

➡️ Next Session : Tuesday 6pm Places Leisure Centre Eastleigh look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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Another fun session, even though I had a hangover 🍻!

3 weeks ago

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💪🦾 Another great Saturday class, conditioning and elbow strikes 🥷🥷

🥋🥋 Saturdays 11:30am at Hatch Grange park west end, everyone outside 🥋🥋

➡️ Next session Sunday 11:45am Holly Hill leisure centre, Adults outside 🏔 Juniors inside 🏠⬅️
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The bokken (木剣, bok(u), "wood", and ken, "sword"), practiced here by instructors Debbie and Simon, improves coordination, timing and distancing.

Nihon Goju Ryu Karate schools recognise the importance of weapons training as an essential discipline in martial arts.
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This is so cool.

Coooooool!

4 weeks ago

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🥋🥋 Another awesome couple of classes tonight, great to see everyone inside and some quality sparring going on!!🥋🥋

Thursdays at Chamberlayne Leisure centre everyone inside 🛖🛖 6pm family session -everyone welcome 🥊 7pm Seniors and advanced juniors 🥊

🥋 Next session Saturday at Hatch Grange park, everyone outside, 11:30am 🌵🌵 look forward to seeing you all there! 🥋
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4 weeks ago

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🥋Another great session yesterday, Good to see adults finally back inside🥋

🥋🥋6pm Tuesdays at Eastleigh places Leisure Centre 🥋🥋

🥊 Next sessions- Thursday Chamberlayne Leisure Centre - 6pm Family session (All welcome) -7pm seniors and Advanced Juniors 🥊
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🥋 Our Kenkyukai expert training and study group meets several times a week… this month the groups focus is the study of Kata Saifa… David Morris Sensei teaches us.

Kata (meaning ‘form’), whilst very important, must not just simply be ‘performed’ - this leads to hollow or empty techniques and applications. Kata is _not_ an instruction manual; rather a book of hints designed to inspire conversation and practical study - enabling the dedicated karateka to uncover its truths.

At the kenkyukai we are constantly striving to live by our name: Kyudokan, or in English, ‘to search for the way’.🥋
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4 weeks ago

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First lesson back inside for seniors 6pm Eastleigh places Leisure centre , remember to wear Gi’s 🥋🥋🥋 ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

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🥋Another big Sunday session yesterday, shame about the weather for seniors!🥋

Sunday’s 11:45am Holly Hill Leisure Centre, Adults outside ⛰ juniors Inside 🛖

🥋🥋 Next session, Tuesday 6pm Palces Leisure Centre Eastleigh 🥋🥋
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4 weeks ago

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1 month ago

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🥋🥊 Conditioning Saturday! Another awesome session, lets hope for a dry ground next week...#nomoreburpeespls 🥊🥋

🌵Every Saturday Hatch Grange Park, West End 11:30am Everyone outside 🌵

Next Session : Tomorrow at Holly Hill 11:45am Seniors outside ⛰ Juniors Inside 🏠
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1 month ago

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Training Still on today 11:30 am at Hatch Grange west end , no Gi’s, please wear weather appropriate clothing! 🌧☂️ ... See MoreSee Less

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Did anyone happen to pick up a navy/orange waterproof after class? Jacob lost his

Hard work but great session 💪👍💪

1 month ago

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🎉🥋 Massive well done to Luca, Sarika, Luke, Isaac, Jacob, Aiden, Austin, Phoebe and Charlotte for passing their grades yesterday! 🥋🎉 ... See MoreSee Less

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If anyone is wondering what the certificate says......

.... and well done all 👏🥋

🥊 Training sessions for the next 5 weeks are now available to book inside and out for Seniors and Juniors. 🥊

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When Sensei Dave vised South Africa can bring me a Red Gi with 😀

1 month ago

Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do

🥋🥋Another excellent session yesterday, Kata is our form and an essential part of learning how to fight and defend yourself🥋🥋

🗓 Every Thursday 6pm at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre 🗓

🪴Next session, Saturday Hatch Grange Park West End 11:30am Everyone outside, look forward to seeing you all there! 🪴
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Awesome from South Africa

Was really looking forward to coming along tomorrow but have a terrible cold! 😷😐 Hopefully it’ll be gone by Sunday 💪🥋

1 month ago

Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do

🥋🥋Another great session yesterday, working on Kata and Kumite 🥋🥋

Every Tuesday 6pm at Places Leisure Centre Eastleigh. Adults Outside (for now) 🌳 Juniors inside 🏠

Next session Thursday 6pm Chamberlayne Leisure Centre , Adults Outside 🌴 Juniors Inside 🛖 look forward to seeing you all there! 😀🥋
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Testimonials

  • Martin (48), Luke (13) and Elliot (11)

    Both of my sons are members of this fantastic Karate school.

    Elliot (11) joined in March 2019 and Luke (13) in August 2019. They enjoy it immensely and I am very proud to say that they have earned their purple belts in this time. Elliot loves showing me (and anyone who will watch!) his Katas at home, and Luke is keen to become a junior instructor when the time comes.

    I decided to join in November 2019, during what was a very difficult time for me personally. I can't understate how Karate has helped me.

    The mental and physical focus was just what I needed and within a few lessons I could feel the benefits.

    It speaks for itself that during these unprecedented times of the covid pandemic, not only has the club kept running - it has grown, with more training venues and lessons being added all the time.

    Lessons are well structured, with a healthy mix of physical training, form practice, and application - all this, of course, is handled with social distancing precautions in place, and any contact is with other family members only.

    There are a wealth of experienced instructors on hand and one thing you will constantly hear is; 'Are there any questions?' This very much a two way school with mutual respect and advice apparent in bucket loads. The instructors themselves run the school with just the right balance of discipline, humour and encouragement; which keeps the atmosphere family friendly.

    I owe this school a huge debt, and if you are thinking of trying karate I can't recommend this club enough. It won't be easy, but you won't be disappointed.

    The Kyudokan is what every Karate club should aspire to be!

    Martin (48), Luke (13) and Elliot (11)
  • Paul Gibbs Sensei

    Having practiced karate myself when I was younger, I knew it was something I also wanted my kids to do, and in turn signed my son up at just six years old.

    To be honest he really needed to do something, a focussed outlet if you will; he was very active, perhaps a little too confident and was becoming a bit of a handful - always trying to fight his older brother and sisters - possibly ADHD, but definitely hyperactive.

    It took me a while to find the right club. My previous experience of karate had not been overly inspiring and everywhere I looked the clubs seemed either too ‘commercial’ or too non-contact or even overseen by crazy people wanting to teach students unsafe techniques.

    Kyudokan, however, was exactly what he needed. He soon calmed down and was able to focus his energy and his mind. His school work and behaviour improved immeasurably.

    Through the years he always worked hard for each of his gradings. The club’s Senseis helped him so much whenever he needed it. We quickly became part of the Kyudokan family and made many new friends. The Kyudokan is so much more than just a Karate club...

    Paul Gibbs Sensei
  • Harrison (9) and Mark (45)

    My son started Karate back in February this year and one of the best things we have ever done.  My son expressed an interest in Karate and as a child I also attended some martial art classes and wanted something that would enable my son to be more active and spend less time on the games console.  Harrison has now been doing Karate for the last 6 months and massively improved his confidence.  In his nature he is quite shy but this has helped him grow as an individual and to mix with others with a great team spirit.

    The club has been amazing all throughout lockdown with having zoom training sessions at the start and at times having one 2 one sessions.  This then developed into training outside in small groups and all within strict guidelines with 5 students to 1 Sensei.  I have since also joined as I was watching my son train and initially thought as an older person with a few health issues it would be too much.  How wrong was I, don't get me wrong it's tough but I absolutely love it.  We are now back inside in a very safe environment with social distancing covering 4 different locations and the value for money is excellent as we can train 1 to 4 times a week with one monthly fee.

    The Kyudokan team is very professional and well organised and the app is so easy to use to book the Karate sessions.  The teaching is brilliant with so many Sensei's to help with learning and development.  Not only do we learn Karate but it's far more than that from the history of Goju Ryu Kyudokan Karate, discipline and ways we translate to everyday life.  The team is incredibly passionate with what they do and this translates to the students.

    I am very proud as my son Harrison who has recently graded with passing his green belt and of myself for passing my first grading - red belt.  I really enjoy doing something together as a family but at the same time as an individual.

    This club is amazing and highly recommend anyone wishing to start Karate from juniors to seniors.

    Thank you

    Harrison (9) and Mark (45)
  • 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 46 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