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Goju-Ryu at the Hare-Yama Ryu Dojo

Japanese karate-do masters recognise the line of their teachers as the authentication of their karate-do knowledge. For this reason, we like to acknowledge the teachers who contributed to the Goju-Ryu Karate-do that is taught at the Hare-Yama Dojo. While Higashionna Sensei and Miyagi Sensei were the earliest traceable Sensei instrumental in developing Goju-Ryu, clearly Grand Master Gogen Yamaguchi is the key person in this line for us. His further development of Goju Ryu in Japan gave it a distinctive character and philosophy of its own. When he died in 1989, his son Goshi Yamaguchi Saiko Shihan succeeded him as the world Chief Instructor of the International Karate-do Goju-Kai. He contributed further to the training forms of Goju-Kai that are part of the standard training taught at the Hare-Yama Dojo.

Stan Holroyd Shihan began his studies of karate-do under the tutorship of Stan Schmidt Shihan, the Chief Instructor of the JKA in South Africa. Later he studied Goju-Ryu Karate-do as a student of the Chief Instructor of the All-Africa Karate-do Goju-Kai, Peter Brandon Shihan. In late 2003, a decision was made by Stan Holroyd Shihan to leave the S A Karate-do Goju-Kai and join the International Karate-do Goshin-Kai. The founder of Goshin Kan, Deena Naidu Kancho, was a personal student of Yamaguchi Gogen Sensei. Under Gogen Sensei's guidance, Deena Naidu Kancho began his own school, Goshin-Kan (a name given to him by Grand Master Gogen Yamaguchi). Later, as the school grew, it became the International Karate-do Goshin-Kai. The International Karate-do Goshin-Kai continues to grow as more karate-ka seek a traditional training in the essence of karate-do, self defence - in all its aspects. Stan Holroyd Shihan is the organisation head of Goshin Kai in South Africa. The focus of Goju-Ryu Karate-do in Goshin-Kai is on the original teachings and training methods of Grand Master Gogen Yamaguchi, remaining true to his karate-do ideals.


SA Goshin-Kai  Kancho amd Shihan  Int Goshin-Kai


Deena Naidu Kancho - Founder of Goshin-Kan

Student of Yamaguchi Gogen Sensei and Graduate of the Japan Karate-do College - Tokyo


Stan Holroyd Shihan - Instructor Hare-Yama Ryu Dojo


The Hare-Yama Ryu in Somerset West

Western Cape, South Africa

The Hare-Yama Ryu is a school of oriental arts based in Somerset West. Karate-do is one of the arts practiced and taught at the Hare-Yama Ryu in its two Hare-Yama Dojo.

The Higashi Dojo was founded in early 1984. The Dojo is situated at the Girl Guide Hall in Lourensford Road (Higashi Dojo).

At the Hare-Yama Dojo, we follow a code of teaching true karate-do, blending all aspects of this martial art into the training. High standards remain a priority and all the traditions of Grand Master Gogen Yamaguchi's Goju-Ryu Karate-do are respected fully. In order to accommodate all levels of students, a number of classes are presented for different levels on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


The real meaning of Karate-do?

The usual translation of karate is kara, empty and te, hand, hence empty hand, (however, some claim that kara derives from the name for China). But empty hand on its own means little so the relevance of the do in karate-do needs to be explained. Do in Japanese means way, from simple physical things like a road, to philosophical concepts like a way of thinking. So karate-do becomes the way of the empty hand. This partly relates to unarmed defence but also refers to the overcoming of other physical and even mental problems without having to reach for aids outside of yourself - such as addictive substances.

There are many katate-do. This means there are many paths to karate-do training. These are called Ryu. The Japanese word Ryu has a subtle meaning that we translate into English as style. The meaning of this style is, the way of doing things, or a school (of thought). This way of doing things will relate to the methods that the master of the Ryu devised to achieve the aims of karate-do. So the techniques of a specific Ryu will differ from other Ryu and will reflect the philosophy of the master of that Ryu. The philosophy of our karate-do Ryu is Goju, the study of both hardness and softness.

Yamaguchi Gogen Sensei said “Karate-do is not about fighting, it is about truth”.


The Karate-do Goju Dojo Kun of the Hare-Yama Ryu

What we try to achieve through our karate-do training

Our training ideals or Dojo Kun.



Hare-Yama Ryu Dojo Kun

Through our training, we the students of Hare-Yama Ryu aspire to these virtues:

Warera Hare-Yama Ryu o osamuru mono wa, shuren o toshi:

I bring to your attention


We strive to understand and live by the way of Goju.

Goju no michi no rikai ni tsutome, jissen subeshi.

We value good etiquette, respect, honour and loyalty.

Reigi, sonkei, hokori, chugi o motte manabu beshi.

We strive to overcome our weaknesses.

Onore no yowasa o kokufuku subeshi.

We respect our fellow karate-ka, and their strengths and weaknesses.

Warera no tsuyosa nominarazu yowasa omo soncho subeshi.

We respect the Japanese origins and traditions of karate-do.

Nippon no kigen to dento taru karate-do o soncho subeshi.

The end



Dojo Kun        



Hare-Yama Ryu Dojo Kun

translated by Yoshihama Ryoka






The Hare-Yama Ryu Karate-do Dojo

is affiliated to

The South African Karate-do Goshin-Kai


The International Karate-do Goshin-Kai


Shiko DachiGeriNeko ashi dachi



Some Goju techniques

Hare-Yama Ryu Dojo

Training Times

Monday       Higashi Dojo
           17h00 - 11 kyu
           17h30 - 10 kyu - 9 kyu
           18h00 - 8 kyu to 5 kyu
           18h30 - 3 kyu up
           19h30 - Tai Chi

Wednesday Higashi Dojo
           17h00 - 11 kyu
           17h30 - 10 kyu - 9 kyu
           18h00 - 8 kyu to 5 kyu
           18h30 - 3 kyu up

Thursday     Higashi Dojo
           17h30 - Tai Chi beginners
           18h30 - Tai Chi
           19h30 - 3 kyu up

Some younger students attend 1 class per week, however, all other students attend 2 classes per week at levels suitable to their development.


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