Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai

The Melbourne Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai dojo is run by Shibucho Pete Keogh.

Pete has been involved in Karate since 1986 and as the founder of the TriTactics business, Pete has developed and delivered successful martial arts, self-defence and anger management programs to a number of public and private schools and is currently engaged by several Youth organizations to work with disengaged youth.

Pete has developed a real passion for the teachings of Taira Sensei and the Okinawan Goju Ryu Kenkyukai (Research Group), traveling to training sessions in Australia, Okinawa, United States of America and New Zealand. Pete is now passing on all he has learned from Taira Sensei, to in excess of 150 students.

Taira Masaji,  9th Dan is a leading teacher of Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate Do, and head of the Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai. His teacher was Eiichi Miyazato, a student of Chojun Miyagi and the founder of the Okinawan Jundokan dojo. Taira’s karate is that of his teacher and the Jundokan, with the addition of his novel approach to the application of the kata.

Taira is best known as a researcher and practitioner of the bunkai of the Goju Ryu kata. He is unusually open in his teachings, feeling that the techniques and learning must be shared, for
their preservation and to test their effectiveness.

Training Philosophy

The main focus of Taira’s training is the application of Goju Ryu Kata techniques to self-defence, as bunkai. Unlike many other teachers he does not cherry pick techniques from the kata. He believes that the Kata were designed as complete fighting systems, with logical transitions from one technique to another as a complete and complex defensive flow.

It is important not to mistake his complete kata bunkai to mean that the entire kata needs to be performed. Any single technique can be used to finish a fight. The kata works as a template to prepare the student with entry and exit points for defensive and counter moves. With a complete knowledge of the system a practitioner should be able to response to almost any attack and have a start and end point from that attack.

One of Taira’s motivation in spreading his teaching world wide is to give him access to more partners of differing size and skill levels, to better test his techniques.

Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai classes held at:

Fitzroy Dojo
Crn St David and Brunswick st Fitzroy
Fri 12-1:30pm

McKinnon Dojo
McKinnon Progress Hall

118 McKinnon Rd, McKinnon
Monday 6.30pm-8.00pm
Wednesday 6am-7am
Thursday 7:30pm-9pm

126 Canterbury rd Heathmont
Monday 6:00-8:00pm

Affiliated Dojos

Sunbury, Mildura, Rutherglen/Wodonga/Canberra Dojos

For further enquiries:-

Phone: Pete Keogh 0419 158 189