AGKK Goju Ryu Karate School is affiliated and directly under our Japanese master Fujiwara Hanshi of Goju Ryu Karate Do Seiwakai Japan.

Seiwakai Goju Ryu Karate – Do was established in Japan in 1972 by our founder Tasaki Hanshi.

✅  Goju Ryu Shuseikan Australia has some of the most experienced martial arts traditional Goju Ryu karate instructors in Australia.

AGKK is a karate family whose purpose is promoting Goju Ryu Karatedo in Brisbane.
✅  Our focus is passing on the inherent benefits of traditional Goju Ryu Karate – good character, individual growth, cooperation, and Self Defence for the benefit of all in our community.

🎯 Start or continue your Goju Ryu Karate journey in martial arts and experience the power of Traditional Goju Ryu Karate.  Locations of AGKK Goju Ryu Karate Dojos Brisbane are near you.

Focus – Strength – Confidence

Goju Ryu Karate – Martial Art classes
All Ages 4+ – All levels- Welcome

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Limited Spaces available BOOK NOW on ☎ 0409474494 or use this Booking Form

🎯 Bernie Shihan has been studying Goju Ryu Karate for more than 40 years in his journey he enjoys sharing the life skills and inner workings from Traditional Goju Ryu Karate.

Bernie Shihan - Sanchin Kata

✅  Dedicated and respectful students will have the opportunity to train under Japanese instructors and to visit and train in Omagari Japan.

In our Traditional AGKK Goju Ryu Karate School, we follow the respected traditions from Japan.
Without a positive philosophy based on respect and etiquette, Martial Arts would be like unmanageable fighting on the street.

🎯 AGKK Goju Ryu Karate Brisbane follows the positive culture and structure from Japan.
This positive respectful and admired culture and effective Goju Ryu Karate techniques help students throughout their lives not only at home school and everyday living.

✅  Employers and parents and people outside of our Karate family admire our AGKK Goju Ryu Karate students who have a precise respectful way of life in everyday living.


✅  Goju Ryu is a strong and respected style it has been handed down through the generations; is a traditional and authentic martial art with many years of tradition, and has a direct lineage back to its source in Japan.

📌  Our mission is to provide our Goju Ryu Karate students with the highest quality instruction with maximum learning and life skill benefits.
The Self Defence is strong in our Karate curriculum and training that can be applied in real life Self Defence situations.

Students continually have opportunities to attend training opportunities with other students and teachers from all over the world, both here in Australia and in Japan.

Each year, many of the Seiwakai instructors from around the world gather in Japan to train with Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi, our worldwide association’s President and Chief Instructor. This ensures their skill level increases exponentially and that they obtain the latest instruction from the top JKF Gojukai teachers. This allows instructors and students to stay up to date with standards of etiquette, basics, kumite and kata within our karate family.

This also ensures that the training you receive in Brisbane is standardised to the training that is given to Japanese students and instructors.

AGKK GOJU RYU KARATE SCHOOL - Seiichi Fujiwara Taking Class of Black Belts

Goju Ryu Karate training places emphasis on breath control, core strength and endurance conditioning, close in fighting techniques, mental focus and mindfulness. The strategy of the Goju Ryu style’s fighting techniques utilizes circular movement coupled with hard powerful counter-attacks. Among the armoury of various strikes and kicks are also found grappling techniques which are an essential element of the style’s fighting method. Practitioners of Goju Ryu learn how to utilize tactics which close distance, imbalance and incapacitate an opponent to the degree required by counter actions needed.

✅  Goju Ryu practitioners always strive to live a life of peace without incident, yet when there is no alternative, the objective then is to end the conflict quickly and efficiently with respect to acceptable and reasonable use of force.

Martial Arts Characteristics of Goju-Ryu Karate

Goju Ryu karate is generally a stand-up style, characterized by both hard (closed fist) and soft (open hand or circular) techniques. Many Goju-ryu practitioners are martial arts technicians, in that they utilize angles to deflect strikes rather than trying to meet strength with strength. In addition, Goju Ryu tends to emphasize meeting opponents with the opposite of what they are utilizing. For example, striking the head (a hard part of the body) with the open hand (a soft part of the body) or striking the groin (soft) with a groin kick (hard).

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Beyond this, Goju Ryu karate is known for teaching breathing techniques to a great extent. It also utilizes some takedowns and throws.

History of Goju Ryu Karate

Goju Ryu karate is one of the most traditional and most respected martial arts in the world today.

Its roots can be traced back to the political and social ties between Okinawa and China in the 1500’s. Ryu Ryu Ko, Kanryo Higaonna, and Chojun Miyagi were instrumental in the development and preservation of Goju.

Chōjun Miyagi 

AGKK – Australian GoJu Kai Karate - Chojun Miyagi
Chojun Miyagi

Chōjun Miyagi April 25, 1888 – October 8, 1953 was an Okinawan martial artist who founded the Goju Ryu school of karate by blending Okinawan and Chinese influences. Miyagi Chojun dedicated his whole life to karate. He was responsible for structuring Naha-te (which he later named’ Goju Ryu’) into a systemized disciple which could be taught to society in general.

Chojun Miyagi lectured his students on history, culture, society, human relations, and not limited to physical training. During these sessions Miyagi Sensei would teach Kata (Form) in great detail and explain the bunkai (application) thoroughly. Chojun Miyagi dedicated his whole life to Karate. He was responsible for structuring Goju Ryu into a systematized discipline which could be taught to society in general. This teaching system formulated enabled Karatedo to be taught in schools for the benefit of the young and to reach vast number of people throughout the world.

Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi, Hanshi
Founder – JKF Gojukai

AGKK – Australian GoJu Kai Karate - Gogen Yamaguchi
Gogen Yamaguchi

A respected Japanese martial artist and student of Gōjū-ryū Karate under Chōjun Miyagi.

Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi Hanshi was one of the most well-known of all Karate-do teachers from Japan, and was famously known as “The Cat”. He was responsible for the establishment of the JKF Gojukai and the All Japan Karate-do Federation, now known today as the Japan Karate Federation (JKF). Among his many contributions was the introduction of Jiyu Kumite (free sparring), which has become the essential element in traditional and sport competition over the years.

Shuji Tasaki, Hanshi, 9th dan
-Goju Ryu Karate-do Seiwakai

Shuji Tasaki
Shuji Tasaki

The Goju Ryu Karate-do Seiwakai was formed in 1972 by the late Shuji Tasaki Hanshi. He was one of Gogen Yamaguchi Hanshi’s most senior students, and was the first All Japan Gojukai Kumite Champion in 1963, and many years after, representing Tokyo.

He was said to have been one of the most formidable opponents anyone ever faced in tradtitional Goju Ryu kumite, while also being a much respected teacher to many.

Seiichi Fujiwara, Hanshi, 9th dan
-Goju Ryu Karate-do Seiwakai

Seiichi Fujiwara - Hanshi 9th dan
Seiichi Fujiwara

Upon Tasaki Hanshi’s passing in 2011, Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi, Tasaki Hanshi’s senior student and long-time protégé, became President of Goju Ryu Karate-do Seiwakai. Fujiwara Hanshi was an All Japan Karate-do Kata and Kumite Champion, and is one of the most highly regarded teachers of Goju-Ryu Karate-do in the world.

As head of the Gojukai’s Overseas Committee, he teaches and coaches students worldwide, tirelessly ensuring that students all over can have the best quality Goju Ryu training.


Bernie Haughey Renshi – Shihan

Bernie Haughey Renshi – Shihan
5th Dan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Seiwakai
5th Dan JKF Goju Kai

Karl Haughey - Sensei

Karl Haughey Sensei
3rd Dan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Seiwakai
2nd Dan JKF Goju Kai

Selwyn Knoetze

Selwyn Knoetze

2nd Dan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Seiwakai
2nd Dan JKF Goju Kai

Gary Deverall

Gary Deverall

2nd Dan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Seiwakai
1st Dan JKF Goju Kai

The Japan Karatedo Federation was established in 1964 to organize and oversee all styles of traditional Japanese Karate. This organization is part of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The vast majority of traditional Goju Ryu organizations are members of the JKF Goju Kai. This organization seeks to preserve and perpetuate the style of karate that was developed in Okinawa, Japan by Mr. Chojun Miyagi.

✅  Shuseikan Australia is a member of Seiwakai Japan and the JKF Goju Kai.

Seiwakai International was founded in 1972 by Mr. Shuji Tasaki, Hanshi (1933 – 2011). He began training in Goju Ryu in 1952 under the tutelage of Gogen Yamaguchi. Tasaki Hanshi was a 9th Dan in both the JKF Goju Kai and the Seiwa Kai.

Seiwakai International has member organizations in more than 30 countries.

What benefits can I expect from Traditional Goju Ryu Karate classes?

Sensei Karl Haughey

In addition to these obvious physical benefits, you will also find a strengthening of your character, and you will gain peace of mind that you are able to defend yourself in many situations.

Students of Goju Ryu Karate seek to
✅  Perfect their character
✅  Always act with good manners
✅  Refrain from uncontrolled and violent behaviour
✅  Cultivate a spirit of dedication and perseverance
✅  Have positive purpose in everything that they do.

😃 It is wonderful to witness AGKK Goju Ryu Karate students increase their confidence in any given situation and have a calmer approach to life’s stresses and heightened self awareness.

Focus – Strength – Confidence

Goju Ryu Karate – Martial Art classes
All Ages 4+ – All levels- Welcome

Secure your Free Trail Lesson

Limited Spaces available BOOK NOW on ☎ 0409474494 or use this Booking Form

Bernie Shihan and Student Showing Respect

Demonstrating Empi (elbow) Strike