About Us

About us

The Kenyukan Goju Ryu Karate Academy was established in Sydney, Australia in 1973, under the direction of Sensei Alexander de Araya, Soshi 8th Dan Goju Ryu karate, 6th Dan Kobudo, 3nd Dan Aikijutsu. Sensei started his Martial studies in 1964 in Goju Kai Karate Do, under the guidance of Sensei E Ramirez who was at the time the only Goju Ryu practitioner from Latin America trained and graded by Gogen Yamaguchi Hanshi at the Goju Kai Karate College in Tokyo, Japan. Later he (Sensei Ramirez) went onto become Morio Higaona's representative for the whole of the Americas for the IOGKF and Sensei de Araya now in Australia, also took a turn to Okinawa Goju Ryu late in 1980. In the year 2000 while staying in China he also studied the Tig-wa (oldest form of Goju Ryu) under Shifu Ming Kau Lai.

During the course of 53 years, Sensei has had the pleasure and the humility to train under many of the most senior Sensei in the Goju Ryu world, including M. Higaona, G Yamaguchi, M Nakayima, K Kuniyuki, K Nakamura, his friend and mentor Hanshi K Nakahoto 10th dan, and several of Shimpo Matayoshi's top students. Credit is due to all those who helped him achieve the position he holds today. Kenyukan therefore, combines the best aspects of Japanese and Okinawan Goju Ryu, Okinawa  Kobudo and Aikijutsu, and thanks to Sensei's research and expertise, we are now able to merge these systems into one formidable weapon.

Sensei is a strong believer in that the Art of Karate-do alone is not enough to develop  good all around combat skills, that's why the system incorporates the study of Okinawa weapons of self defence (Kobudo) and the close combat techniques at short range, armed and unarmed of Aikijutsu. We put them all together, for the benefit of our students and the Arts.

Sensei has been deeply involved in the development of a strong self defence system, and this has taken him to many places and has trained with many people, especially in Japan and Okinawa. Today, many affiliated Sensei have chosen him as their tutor and guide, and work together to make this system an open guarded book to all.

In 2009 Sensei de Araya was honoured with admission to the Dai Nippon Butokukai, an elite Organisation of Japanese Martial Arts created in Kyoto in 1895, and in the year 2010, he was  awarded a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, by the Australasian Hall of Fame.

Our mission

For many years, our Dojo has been an example in the field of Martial Arts, community and professional services. We train in Karate for self defence and well being, and to bring about change in the world. We have an Association of Goju Ryu practitioners who are humble, of excellent character and who don't care for anything but the betterment of their students, offering mainstream training without gratuitous advantages.

Absorbing the best there is from old, and also from the young generation of Masters, - we have upheld the traditions, we have maintained the highest standards, the purest technique, and we have an excellent training system.We have encapsulated more than  50 years of training and expertise into a modern combination of self defence capability, and have placed these in the hands of those who search for a better way of "expressing the martial arts".

They are already making a difference!

"Our mission is to preserve, uphold and maintain, the existing traditions of the Martial Arts without prejudice or change, but reserving ourselves the right to learn and develop new techniques and philosophies, in accordance to our guidelines and requirements, and at all times, without the blindfold of zeal.
Let the children grow with Martial Arts, knowing they are learning the sources of goodwill and compassion towards others, and where the ultimate goal is not the colour of the belt, or how high he/she can kick, but rather the spiritual experience obtained while at training.
Let the women grow with a sense of security and self confidence, in the knowledge that what they have learnt, could one day save their lives.
Let men be aware of their shortcomings, and make them learn about justice, equality, caring and friendship. Let them share their skills with others not for profit, but for the love of the sport.
And finally, let all of us, who are trying to preserve this wonderful Art, grow together rather than moving apart, so that everyone could benefit from this pool of knowledge. There's not such thing as "my style is better than...or I am the biggest and the best!" We all do well with what we've got, and we all have something to give the unprivileged, and the not too bright, and the poor, the unemployed, and those who for whatever reasons cannot excel"
                                                                                    This is our mission in life!

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