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Goshin-Kan founder returns to South Africa

and the Hare-Yama Ryu Karate-do Dojo - 2014

The Hare-Yama Ryu Dojo of Goshin Kan in Somerset West was recently honoured with another inspiring visit by the International Goshin Kan founder and head, Deena Naidu Kancho.


Being the 6th graduate of the Japan Karate-do College of Yamaguchi Gogen Sensei, founder of Goju-Ryu in Japan, Kancho Deena Naidu is able to share a wealth of information on the original and truest teachings of Yamaguchi Gogen Sensei. Yamaguchi Sensei was one of the most respected of the sensei who founded and established karate-do in Japan.


Having access to these teachings is of immense value to Shihan Stan Holroyd who heads the South African wing of Goshin Kan. Kancho's visit was a valuable opportunity for him to add to the local knowledge base and share his experiences with Kancho. It also allowed the students to meet their organisation's head and experience first hand, Kancho's traditional approach to karate-do that includes addressing values and the deeper relevance of karate-do. In its teaching, the Somerset West Dojo strives to also follow the teachings of Yamaguchi Sensei, focussing on self-preservation (Goshin) and values that make karate-do fully relevant to life.


Goshin Kan has a mission aimed at using karate-do in a positive way to equip people to build resistance to the social burden placed on individuals by our modern society and help those who have fallen prey to its pressures. As part of this drive, Kancho Deena Naidu is the founder and President of an organisation called Sanctuary108, www.sanctuary108.org. The Sanctuary is dedicated to assisting people suffering from anxiety and depression using natural therapeutic activities including karate-do and tai chi. Recent events in the media have highlighted how extensive and indiscriminate these ailments are. Kancho is currently establishing a centre in Australia, built on the original layout of the Japan Karate-do College of Yamaguchi Gogen Sensei .He hopes to follow up with another centre in South Africa.


Kancho with some of the junior students
Back: Kancho Deena Naidu, Georgia Rubidge, Emma Rubidge, Sydney Beyer, Shihan Stan Holroyd
Front: Jake Backhouse, Hisha Prag, Jared Slater, Yashil Prag

Goshin-Kan founder visits South Africa

and the Hare-Yama Ryu Karate-do Dojo - 2005

Deena Naidu Kancho

"The essence of Karate-do is self defence. We do this by controlling the mind through discipline and to train physically with our maximum focus. The art comes from the heart of those who created it and to the heart of those who need it."


These are the words of Deena Naidu Kancho, founder and head of The International Goshin Kai. During his recent visit to the Hare-Yama Dojo in Somerset West, he conducted training sessions and a seminar showing the karate-ka of the Dojo some of the traditional training methods of Goju-Ryu as taught by Yamaguchi Gogen Sensei, founder of Japanese Goju Ryu. He is accompanied on his tour of South Africa by his son Nidan Meshan Naidu.


Deena Naidu Kancho is a graduate of the Japan Karate-do College where he trained under the renowned Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei. Gogen Sensei instilled in him a love and deep respect for the traditional values of karate-do. After his graduation, Gogen Sensei identified Deena Naidu Kancho as one of very few graduates of the College who shared Gogen Sensei's understanding of the real intent of karate-do. Gogen Sensei asked him to help karate-ka to learn the art for its intended purpose, and not as a means of self glorification. With this motivation, Deena Naidu Kancho has continued to teach karate-do in a way that is true to the teaching of his master.


He moved to Australia in 1981 where he started his own karate school. He remained a member of the Yamaguchi Goju-Kai until 1989, but after the death of his teacher, Gogen Sensei, he chose to follow his own path. He believed that the original teaching methods and systems of Gogen Sensei were being lost and he undertook to run his karate-do school, Goshin Kan, outside the influence of the mainstream organisations, and in a way that was true to the karate-do of his teacher.


During his visit to the Hare-Yama Ryu Dojo, he shared with the karate-ka, much of what he had learned from Gogen Sensei. The Goshin Kai training system follows that of Gogen Sensei and addresses all aspect of the development of the person. While self defence remains the focus, the teaching methods ensure that the full spectrum of the art is covered. The students of the Dojo were enthralled by the variety of interesting training forms they learned, and the new insights into the application of many techniques.


After communicating with the Dojo over recent years, Deena Naidu Kancho recognised in this Dojo their respect for traditional karate-do. His visit to the Dojo was aimed at passing on the original teachings of Gogen Sensei. This has provided much inspiration for the Dojo and instructor Stan Holroyd Shihan, who looks forward to further visits and much more shared knowledge of karate-do. During his visit to South Africa, Deena Naidu Kancho will also be conducting training course for instructors, and seminars at other Dojo in other centres.



Pictures of the visit


Kancho explaining  seminar group  preparing for kumite




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