The Kenyukan Goju Ryu Karate Dojo Sydney
Sensei has been deeply involved in the development of our karate, and this has taken him to many places and has trained with many people, especially in Japan and Okinawa. The proof of our success is plain to see...we have produced many champions National and International, the quality of our people, and the many overseas affiliated Sensei whom have chosen him as their tutor and guide, and the many students and truly magnificent people whom after more than 49 years since he started teaching, still call him Sensei.
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.
In the year 2010, he was also awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, by the Australasian Hall of Fame.
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, 3rd 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 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 Tomoe, H Kawakami his friend and mentor Hanshi K Nakahoto 10th dan, and several of Shimpo Matayoshi's top students, and has kept credit to all those who helped him achieve the position he holds today.
Our karate system combines the best aspects of Japanese and Okinawa 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 believes the Art of Karate-do alone is not enough to develop good all around combat skills, that's why our system also incorporates the study of Okinawa weapons of self defence (Kobudo) and close combat techniques at short range (Aiki-jutsu), armed and unarmed. Also, White Crane Gong Fu and Goju Ryu Karate techniques, were especially designed for close combat, therefore, we can easily applied them in real combat situations.
Our fitness section of training involves among other things, many of the latest strengthening core exercises and techniques, making our style not only a truly defensive concept, but also a provider of a strong and dynamic results.
One way of finding out how everything works, come and join us one day for a FREE introduction to Traditional Okinawa Martial Arts...you have nothing to lose!