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Meibukan Goju Karate Winnipeg

Meibukan Goju Karate Winnipeg is a Martial Arts School offering Goju Ryu Karate & Meibukan Gojyu-ryu Karate-do classes in Winnipeg, Canada for kids, men and women. Meibukan Goju Karate Winnipeg is Located at 2577 Portage Ave.

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2577 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, MB-R3J 0P4
Phone: (204) 897-4658

Martial Art Styles

The following Martial Arts Styles are offered at Meibukan Goju Karate Winnipeg:

  • Goju Ryu Karate
  • Meibukan Gojyu-ryu Karate-do

Programs & Class Schedule

Welcome to the Meibukan Goju Karate Winnipeg Dojo. We are proud to be a member of the prestigious International Meibukan Goju Karate Association (IMGKA).

The Meibukan Goju Karate Winnipeg Dojo (school) is an educational institution teaching traditional Okinawa Meibukan Goju-Ryu Karate-do. We trust the training undertaken will be both exciting and rewarding, as you and/or your child, embrace karate-do - “the way of karate”.

At our Dojo, instruction is provided in the traditional art of karate, which is viewed as “a way of life”, as well as a method of self-defense. This specific style named “Goju” translates as “Go”, meaning hard and “Ju”, meaning soft. Goju-ryu is one of the first three styles of karate formally recognized as such. It was the first to be officially named. This style of karate emphasizes the importance of personal development and the self-defense aspects of martial arts in a non-competitive, non-sport environment, as opposed to the competitive styles which have proliferated in North America.

The roots of Meibukan Goju Karate and the principles of Goju-ryu go back to China, Okinawa and Japan. The fluidity of Chinese White Crane Kempo, the basics of the southern Shorin-ji of China, the northern Chinese techniques of smooth Hakke Sho palm techniques, and Tai Chi Chaun have all contributed to Goju-ryu practice and philosophy.

Found within this system of karate are elements of Judo, Ju-Jitsu and Kung Fu. Circular blocking techniques, powerful punches and kicks, and the utilization of joint locks, arm bars and throwing techniques characterize this martial art. Additionally we focus on proper breathing methods to cleanse, strengthen and tap into our internal health.

At the Dojo you will train in street self-defense tactics and kobudo (weapons). Benefits of training at our Dojo include strengthening, toning and flexibility of the body; mental discipline; confidence building and developing the “Yes, I can!” attitude.

Master Meitatsu Yagi is the eldest son of the late Grand Master Meitoku Yagi, tutored directly by the Grand Master himself to carry on the legacy of Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu Karate.Master Yagi has lived, worked, initiated new dojos and taught Meibukan in several places outside of Okinawa and around the world. Master Yagi lived in the US from 1964 to 1970; in Guam 1971 to 1975; in Saipan 1995 to 1997 and in the Philippines 1997 to 1998. After returning from Guam in 1975, Master Meitatsu Yagi was given the title of Renshi 6th Dan and became a Director of All Okinawan Karate-Do Association in 1976. In 1976, he was given the teaching responsibilities at the Hombu Dojo in Okinawa as President of Gojyu-Ryu Meibu-kai with Sensei Meitetsu Yagi (his younger brother) as Vice-President and Grand Master Meitoku Yagi as Chairman / Consultant.

From the Grand Master, Sensei Meitatsu Yagi was charged with the responsibility of teaching all of the senior Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu teachers in Okinawa. Grand Master Meitoku Yagi chose his eldest son Master Meitatsu Yagi to be the first to learn all facets of Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu. These forms are an integral part of Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu. Master Meitatsu Yagi was a director of the All Okinawa Karate-Do Gojyu-Kai for 20 years. He served a two year term as President of the Okinawan Karate-Do Gojyu-Kai in 1987 as well as President of the Hombu Dojo in Kume.

Ensuring that his successor be Master Meitatsu Yagi, Dai Sensei Meitoku Yagi gave Master Meitatsu Yagi the title of Hanshi Judan, Okinawa Karate-Do Gojyu-Kai in 1997. During his lifetime, Grand Master Meitoku Yagi presented only one Hanshi Judan and this was to his eldest son and heir, Master Meitatsu Yagi. To this day, Sensei Meitatsu Yagi, travels the world meeting and teaching hundreds of people each year in seminars in India, Canada, Israel, Italy, the USA, England and France as well as South America. This was the legacy that he was given by the Grand Master. Master Meitatsu Yagi has also been very active in promoting and developing The Okinawa Traditional Karatedo Kobudo International Studying Center in Yomitan Village, Okinawa. As Master of Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu, he is working with Master Kenyu Chinen of Shorin-Ryu style and Master Yasuo Shimoji of Uechi-Ryu style. All three masters are traditional Okinawan teachers and are working together to promote Okinawa Traditional Karate-Do and Kobudo in Okinawa and around the world.

Kim Marshall
Dojo Director
Meibukan Gojyu-ryu Karate Winnipeg
International Meibukan Gojyu-ryu Karate-do Association (IMGKA)

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