Frequently Asked Questions

Our Style of Karate

Southport Miyagi Karate Club trains in a style of karate known as Goju-ryu (literal translation Hard Soft school). Goju-ryu is one of the oldest styles of karate emerging out of Okinawa, a small island in the Ryukyu archipelago that is the birthplace of karate.


Training involves a combination of hard external and soft internal techniques. The style was heavy influenced by Chinese kung fu systems from the Fukien province such as Tiger and Crane forms, where soft circular motions and powerful close range fighting applications are embedded across the system. IOGKF Goju-ryu does involve sporting competitions with annual regional and national events in the UK and a world championships held in Canada every 4 years. 


The main emphasis is on teaching traditional karate with a focus on developing a strong healthy mind and body and effective martial arts. Goju-ryu is renowned for it's powerful and explosive short range fighting techniques that make it well-suited to practical self-defence situations.

Training with Southport Karate

Application to join?

You must be at least 16 years old and have a genuine interest in training.


Apply by messaging us, include your training history and your reasons for wanting to train with us.

About training sessions?

Training sessions will be coordinated through a closed Facebook group limited to club members and invited guests. 

Email us at sensei@southportkarate.co.uk or message us via Facebook www.facebook.com/southportkarate 

What do I need to wear?

Normal training sessions: Any practical sports clothing is suitable,


Training outdoors: training shoes, jogging bottoms & long sleeve tops.

What about instruction?

Our training sessions are just opportunities to get together and practice. Each participant remains completely responsible for their participation.


From time to time the club may run seminars and courses to provide instruction, these will be made available as events on www.facebook.com/southportkarate


How does the club work?

The club is simply a network for members to coordinate and get together to train.



How much does it cost?

We are not a profit based club but people who train will be expected to make fair contributions to cover costs.

(i.e. club expenses, hall hire, equipment wear and tear etc).  

Fitness for Karate

Do I need to be strong and fit to start karate?

No, many people start karate as a great way to get strong and fit.

Can I train with ill-health, injuries or disabilities? 

Yes, depending on the advice from your G.P. You will be surprised just how many train with ill health, injuries or disabilities, you will also be impressed with just how good they are.

I have poor balance and flexibility can I still do Karate

Karate is a great way to improve balance, coordination and flexibility, if we were all perfect we wouldn’t need to train.

Is karate good for my health?

Yes, like all forms of exercise, karate will improve your cardiovascular fitness. Though traditional karate has further health benefits, as it will improve your posture, breathing and circulation.

Am I too old to train? 

Traditional Karate is about getting the best out of what you have got, therefore you are never too old to start training, the IOGKF has many people actively training in their 60's, 70's and 80's.

What about medication?

If you are on medication consult your G.P., and inform your instructor of any safety precautions.

Hidden Benefits of Karate

Develop Skills

• Co-ordination (physical and mental)

• Balance

• Concentration

• Physical dexterity 

Gain Knowledge

• Languages

• Geography

• History

• Biology

• Healthy diet

Improve Attitude

• Respect

• Behaviour

• Determination


Goju Ryu Training Methods

Junbi Undo

Preparation exercises to warm up, build flexibility and prevent injury.

Hojo Undo

Strengthening and conditioning training to build power and endurance. This includes training implements for power, endurance and striking.

Kata

Pre-set forms developed by karate masters to develop timing and control of fighting movements with dynamic movement & fluidity. 

Kihon

Basic routines to build strength, co-ordination, power, speed and timing to a high level of performance.


Bunkai

Application of the self-defence techniques hidden in the Goju Ryu kata, ranging from basic to advanced level.

Kumite

 Sparring