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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2 days ago

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🥋 Another excellent training session today - Great to see under 18's back in the Dojo 🥋

Thursday Training 6pm Adults and High Grade Juniors outside 🌳 Under 18's inside 🏠

Next Session, Saturday at Hatch Grange, West End 11:30 am All Ages And Levels outside 🌳🥋
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Lockdown didnt stop Kyudokan and our amazing students:
🥋From Tuesday 13th April - Back inside training for U18 
🥋Adults remain training in our Biggest dojos outside in the parks.

Through lockdown we completed:
🥋30th March - 11th April, 2 weeks of everyone training in the park + 43 students graded!
🥋January - March: 1,293 hours utilised by students to continue their training from home.Image attachmentImage attachment

Lockdown didn't stop Kyudokan and our amazing students:
🥋From Tuesday 13th April - Back inside training for U18
🥋Adults remain training in our Biggest dojos outside in the parks.

Through lockdown we completed:
🥋30th March - 11th April, 2 weeks of everyone training in the park + 43 students graded!
🥋January - March: 1,293 hours utilised by students to continue their training from home.
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Emma Barnard

We really appreciated your dedication to putting so many Zoom classes over lockdown, it made a massive difference to our routine and for Jake's physical wellbeing

KydoGrading day:
Congratulations for passing their grade:
Clarke, Ivy, Timi, jack, Rocco, Scarlett, Charlotte, Jake, Myles, Max, Chris, Harry & Nikola, Theadora & George and James
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Karate continues through these difficult times with 19 zoom classes every week:
+ Taking on new members for Free Trials
12 classes by grade
4 Adult Only Classes
2 Expert Classes
1 Nunchaku Classes
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Can't wait to get back to training as soon as I can

Max loved his first Nunchaku class! Thank you. ( glad my lounge was tidy 🤣)

Happy New Year from Team Kyudokan!
Classes now available to book for next week on Zoom & training in the park for Under 18s.

Happy New Year from Team Kyudokan!
Classes now available to book for next week on Zoom & training in the park for Under 18's.
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Happy New Year to you all - thanks to everyone for their hard work in running this great club 👏

Kangeiko
The term Kangeiko means training of martial arts or geigoto (accomplishment) conducted in mid-winter season. By carrying out training while enduring coldness, it aims not only to improve skills but also to discipline ones mind........Image attachment

Kangeiko
The term Kangeiko means training of martial arts or geigoto (accomplishment) conducted in mid-winter season. By carrying out training while enduring coldness, it aims not only to improve skills but also to discipline one's mind........
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Thank you for your support throughout 2020 and we look forward to seeing you in the dojo and on Zoom in the new (and hopefully much better) year.
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David, Dan, Paul, Simon and us all at team Kyudokan

Thank you for your support throughout 2020 and we look forward to seeing you in the dojo and on Zoom in the new (and hopefully much better) year.


David, Dan, Paul, Simon and us all at team Kyudokan
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Merry Christmas, thanks to you all for not only keeping sessions going but managing to improve them too! Amazing 🎄

Merry Christmas to you all 🎄🥋👍

Merry Christmas to you all 🌲

4 months ago

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Last Session till New Year
As always a full dojo, amazing standards and incredible commitment from Students and Sensei's.
Thankyou to everyone for your commitment this year, you have all been amazing. Team Kyudokan.
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Sorry I couldn't join you all. Have a great Xmas and a more kumite filled New Year

4 months ago

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6pm Tuesdays at eastleigh Leisure Centre
Family Class, all grades and all ages
Socially Distanced with 1 instructor per 6 studentsImage attachment

6pm Tuesdays at eastleigh Leisure Centre
Family Class, all grades and all ages
Socially Distanced with 1 instructor per 6 students
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How do we book and get information?

4 months ago

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New Dojo at Fareham Leisure Centre
Sundays at 11:45am
We had an amazing first session and double grading for existing members.
Well done to the 23 who passed
For the 3 who didn't pass, this is probably your most important grading, It is a fact that mistakes and failures often carry important lessons. And these are the lessons, if learned, will help us and lead us to success. Good luck next time.
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4 months ago

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Our Brand new location for Saturdays 10am
Mountbatten School Sport Hall
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My old school from just a couple of years ago 😊

4 months ago

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4 months ago

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Another excellent 3 training sessions on Thursday
1. Family session - all grades, all ages
2. Seniors Only
3. Advanced Juniors
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4 months ago

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Karate Training & Staying Safe
We may be training at a safe social distance, but the standard has never been so good. Well done to all our students. Your progress is amazing! Well done to everyone from Team Kyudokan.
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4 months ago

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New day and time for Bitterne
6:30pm Fridays Family Session
Great to see everyone back in the dojo
Everyone socially distanced, no interaction and staying safe!
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4 months ago

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Back in Training - Socially distanced - Safe
Wonderful to welcome everyone back in the dojo.
We cant get too close, but training continues, the standard improves and we are loving it!Image attachmentImage attachment

Back in Training - Socially distanced - Safe
Wonderful to welcome everyone back in the dojo.
We can't get too close, but training continues, the standard improves and we are loving it!
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Together we have gotten through lockdown again.
Thankyou to all the Sensei's and Students for your support over the last 4 weeks.
(1,000 training spaces over 4 weeks, 25 sessions a week, 10 places per class)
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Going to be strange not being allowed back in your kitchen Sensei Ben but big thanks for all your training! Looking forward to getting hardwood under foot again and not kicking the sofa!!!!

Huge thanks to Sensei Paul and Sensei Ben Baki for training in your kitchen!! Great leadership Ben thanks a lot. See you back in the dojo soon

Learnt so much in the past 4 weeks through the zoom training, looking forward to fine tuning it all in the dojo

Been great! Max really enjoyed it!

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Thank you for all the teachings Sensi’s! 🙏🏻

Well played, sir 👊

The first of our Zoom classes started this evening.
7 classes this evening with 10 places on each one. 
We have 1,000 training hours on Zoom over the next 4 weeks.Image attachmentImage attachment

The first of our Zoom classes started this evening.
7 classes this evening with 10 places on each one.
We have 1,000 training hours on Zoom over the next 4 weeks.
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No sound and couldn't stream to the TV so Lloyd is out of this one. Will try again Sunday. 🙄

Excellent 2 sessions tonight - thanks to Sensei Simon & Ben and appreciate all the hard work to make this happen and run so smoothly 👍 Bring on the orange belt.

Great first session tonight, thanks to everyone who makes this happen 👍👏🥋

5 months ago

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Over the next 4 weeks we have 1000 training hours for students using Zoom online training..

4 Sensei’s, 5 different class types, 25 sessions a week, limited to 10 students per class. 

Because we will support each other, together we will come through lockdown in 4 weeks stronger than ever.

Over the next 4 weeks we have 1000 training hours for students using Zoom online training..

4 Sensei’s, 5 different class types, 25 sessions a week, limited to 10 students per class.

Because we will support each other, together we will come through lockdown in 4 weeks stronger than ever.
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5 months ago

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Very much going to miss this!

5 months ago

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6 months ago

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Kyudokan........giving families something to do together, helping you through Covid 19

The coronavirus has had terrible implications on everyone, financially, physically and socially. It has also attacked many of us emotionally and mentally. It’s attack has been far reaching and will leave some of us needing strength to overcome this pandemic and return to some normality

The government encourages us to exercise for obvious advantages. Gyms and yoga sessions, although restricted, will help but where can you go with all the family, parents and children training together, growing stronger both mentally and physically?

Kyudokan Karate.....................

Kyudokan isn’t just about fighting. It’s also about families. Even more so in these unprecedented times. Kyudokan classes encompass a fitness and well being program akin to any well known gyms and yoga schools have.

Following strict government guidelines on social distancing and risk assessments, Kyudokan Karate instructors will get you fit, give you confidence, give you inspiration to achieve your goals.

A great way to combat Covid 19, Kyudokan isn’t just about fighting, its about families too
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Well said 👍

6 months ago

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Kyudokan Karate Family Session:
Socially distanced training.
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I knew my punches had got quicker 😉

My boy loved it!

This is great!

Very cool!

6 months ago

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Thursday Training:
🥋6pm Family Session, all juniors and seniors all levels
🥋🥋7pm seniors only, any level
🥋🥋🥋7pm advanced juniors

Next session, Saturday at Bitterne Leisure
🥋11am Family Session, all juniors and seniors all levels
🥋🥋12pm seniors only, any level
🥋🥋🥋12pm advanced juniors
🥋🥋🥋🥋1pm special sparring event in family & social bubbles
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6 months ago

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Family Karate class Tuesdays 6pm

23 students + 7 Sensei’s = high standards

Next sessions Thursday Chamberlayne Leisure Centre
6pm Family Class
7pm Senior Class
7pm Advanced Juniors
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6 months ago

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🥋Family Session 11:45am
🥋🥋Advanced Junior Session 12:45
🥋🥋🥋Senior only Session 12:45
🥋🥋🥋🥋Grading Session 13:00

What a great day at Kyudokan Karate
A special well done to Scarlett, Warren and Clarke.
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Good job Warren

6 months ago

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🥋Kyudokan Introduction Nunchaku Session🥋
Socially distanced & Brand new Nunchuck's still in packaging that the students get to keep

Next Karate Sessions are Saturday at Bitterne Leisure Centre
11am Family Session
12pm Seniors Only
12pm Advanced Juniors
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6 months ago

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Family Session: 42 Students + 9 instructors = Great Lesson.
Next session tomorrow 6pm, special Nunchaku Class
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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