The English Goju-Ryu Karate-do Association was formed in 1973 under the guidance of Sensei James Rousseau. Since then it has expanded across England with over 1,500 active members today training in over 30 dojos. An EGKA line-up can field a very impressive array of senior 7th, 6th and 5th Dan black belt instructors to rival any other country, including Japan.
The standard of technical karate instruction is exceptionally high, and certainly amongst the best to be found anywhere in the world. If we were to list the successes of individual members at international competition level in each decade since the EGKA’s formation, it would just become repetitively boring.
The EGKA Honbu Dojo (principal Dojo) is based here at our own Sir David English Sports Centre, and Bournemouth Karate Academy students are lucky to enjoy the full time attention of Sensei Ernie Molyneux, who has held the office of the Chief Instructor of the EGKA for many years.
The primary objective of the EGKA as a non-profit making organisation is to promote and preserve the traditional Okinawan method of teaching Goju-Ryu Karate. Goju-Ryu is a highly effective and complete unarmed self-defence fighting system that continues to work just as effectively for English students today, as it did for the Okinawan citizens who developed the martial art when they were banned from carrying weapens by their Japanese overloards centuries ago. It is no casual coincidence that many of the Japanese weapons made famous by Bruce Lee and Hollywood, bear an uncanny resemblance to the common argricultural tools of the time.
The EGKA is a healthy and vibrant organisaton, run by a reliable core of very dedicated and experienced instructors. They are all CRB checked and undergo continuous training themselves in order to maintain the high standards expected of them by the Association.
Adults considering taking up Goju Ryu karate in an EGKA dojo will be assured that the training will be both enjoyable and demanding. Goju-Ryu karate students at all levels regular do well at open martial art competitions around the world, which demonstrates the relevance and effectiveness of the Goju-Ryu combat style the EGKA teach. They will also find the EGKA has a great social side, and it is not unusual to form friendships that last a lifetime with other studnets not only here in England, but all around the world through our association with the IOGKF.
Parents can be confident that if their children join an EGKA dojo, they will be taught Goju-Ryu karate in a way that promotes physical strength, stamina, and coordination as well as self-discipline and respect for others. The EGKA run regular seminars to educate its instructors on the best way to train children. To engage young children and retain their interest is a skill that has to be learnt and developed. The EGKA also adheres to responsible physical training programmes appropriate for young and developing children. A young child simply does not have the same musculature and bone development as an adult, and training programmes have to recognise these factors.