.:Background Info

This is an Association that teaches Goju-Kai karate-Do under the roots of Goju-Ryu (founded by Chojun Miyagi sensei who lived from 1888 to 1853) one of the karate styles practiced in Japan. Other Karate styles include Shotokan (founded by Gichin Funakoshi sensei); Shito-Ryu (founded by Kenwa Mabuni sensei) and Wado-Ryu (founded by Hironori Ohtsuka sensei).

 

Different authors say that all the above-mentioned masters founded these styles basing on the various techniques and training methods of his particular philosophy towards martial arts. A number of writers say that the word GOJU comes from two Japanese Go to mean hard; Ju to mean soft. Therefore, Goju-kai Uganda teaches the hard and soft style of Karate-Do as The International Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association recommends.

 

Goju-Ryu karate-Do is said to have been founded by Chojun Miyagi sensei (188-1953) on the Island of Okinawa in the city of Naha. It is written that sensei Miyagi learnt Karate-Do from Kanryo Higashiona (1840-1915) sensei who is believed to have founded Naha-Te (The hand of Naha city). A number of writers say that Higashiona sensei learnt martial arts skills from Ru Ruko (Xie Zhonhxiang) who was a Chinese martial arts instructor.
Sensei, Miyagi is said to have blended Chinese martial arts styles namely Pa-kua and Shaolin to form Goju-Ryu.

 

After the death of Miyagi sensei, several authors say that his star student master Gogen Yamaguchi modified Goju-Ryu and structured it to form Goju-kai and he later founded The International Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association (I.K.G.A) in 1950.

 

Goju-Kai karate-Do was introduced to East-Africa by Shihan, Peter Brandon the I.K.G.A world vice president and All Africa Karate-Do Goju-Kai Chief Instructor.Shihan Peter visited the Kenyan capital Nairobi where he met sensei Maurice Aloo Omondi whom he enrolled into the ranks of Goju-Kai.

 

Uganda Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association (U.K.G.A) emerged out of a few last practitioners of Goju-Ryu namely Kyewusa James, Lukas Okech (deceased) and Kiwanuka Moses. The above-mentioned three headed by Kyewusa James who had acquired Goju-Ryu Karate-Do skills in the late 1970s through sempai John Okulut (RIP) and sensei Gonzales Opio (By then a sempai) who had also learnt martial arts from a Japanese Karate-Do instructor, sensei Tamora (Sensei Tamora is recognised for introducing Karate-Do in East-Africa).

 

NB: Goju-Ryu Karate-Do resurrection in Uganda started when clubs were set apart specifically to teach Goju-Ryu, namely: Kitebi Karate-Do Goju-Ryu Club that was formed in 1993,Luzira Goju-Ryu Karate-Do club in 1998 and Entebbe Goju-Ryu Karate-Do club.

 

Through thick and thin, in 2001 with the assistance of sensei Maurice Aloo from Kenya Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association, the present day Uganda Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association was formed headed by Dai-Sempai, Kyewusa James.
 

NB: All the Clubs that were formerly doing Goju-Ryu resorted to Goju-Kai Karate-Do and started following a syllabus recommended by The International Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association (I.K.G.A) Suginami-Ku Tokyo Japan.