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Code of Conduct

The Dojo Code is the code of conduct under which the Art of Goju Ryu Karate-Do in practiced.

The Goju Ryu Karate emphasises the character building aspects of Karate in which respect for the Dojo, instructors and fellow students is an essential principle.

The ultimate aim of the Art of Goju Ryu lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants through hard training, sincerity, effort, etiquette and self control:

Character – Exert oneself in the perfection of character
Sincerity – Be faithful and sincere
Effort – Cultivate the spirit of perseverance
Etiquette – Be respectful and courteous
Self-Control – Refrain from impetuous and violent behaviour

Dojo Etiquette


All senior karate-ka, the Sensei and the Yudansha (Black Belts) must be shown respect and be called by their respective titles by all junior grades.


Always attend class with a positive attitude. Karate is very repetitive, but one can always learn something new each lesson!


Aid your progress by always co-operating with your instructor and fellow students by helping them generously and offering advice if you spot errors in technique or manners, while also accepting their advice and assistance in a positive manner – be careful not be a “know all”.


Listen to your instructor while he is pointing out areas for improvement and always ask questions when you are not sure, but not every other minute.


Always be courteous and friendly towards the instructor and your fellow students.


Always sit with crossed legs in the dojo while your instructor is explaining something and you have to sit down. Refrain from loud talking; it can interfere with the running of the class.


Always arrive on time for class. If, due to circumstances beyond your control you are late, excuse yourself as you enter the Dojo.


Pay your fees promptly to enable the instructor to meet his overheads. Remember when your annual licence expires and renew it promptly.


Always train with a clean Gi and see that your body is clean as well. See that your nails and toenails are kept short and clean and always remove all jewellery before class.


Classes begin and end with a short meditation in the “seiza” or seated position. The object is to relax and clear the mind to improve reflexes and to review and absorb your training



Everyone knows his own physical condition. If you feel you cannot cope, slow down or move to the back of the class and rest until you can continue. If you have any injury, please inform the instructor before/after the class.


WHY Karate for ADULTS?

Regardless of your age, size, body type and current level of physical ability or disability, Goju Ryu karate could be just what you are looking for.

Your Questions answered

Discover the many benefits we have to offer !

There are many benefits training in Goju-Ryu karate, both tangible and intangible. Our training develops both an individual's physical abilities and mental agility. Both children and adults will find that their bodies become stronger and more agile. Similarly, they will increase their ability to concentrate and be more alert.

You want to be healthier life and be in great shape ?

Karate is a great way to get and stay in shape. Being fit will contribute to your health and on top of that, you will learn other skills while you tone muscle and feel better about yourself. Unlike aerobic classes or other exercise programs or gyms you will never feel out of place in karate lessons.

Want to be stress FREE ?

Karate is a great distraction from everyday stress and strain. More medical problems today are being associated with, or directly caused by, mental and physical stress. Your classes will serve as mini vacations two to three times per week. Not only will you feel more relaxed but you will actually become noticeably more productive.

You want to feel more confident ?

Today's society places a great deal of importance on self-reliance. Nothing takes the place of feeling secure in your daily life. A successful career can be the determining factor for financial security. Our classes help build both physical and psychological security through building the student's confidence in his or her abilities.

Do you want to learn simple and practical Self-defence skills ?

What you learn in our classes could save your life. Our pure and simple self-defence techniques are practical, easy to learn. Our training is conducted in safe learning conditions that allow for realism. With continued practice and education, you will be prepared to deal with most threatening situations.

How do I join?

If you are interested in joining, you are more than welcome to come along and visit one of the clubs to see what it is like. You can then watch a lesson or join in the class. All you need to do is contact us to make any arrangements or visit us on a club scheduled Session.

What to wear?

You just need to put on some large and comfortable clothes, i.e. tracksuit bottoms and a T-Shirt. No shoes required as you will practice in bare foot.


WHY Karate for CHILDREN?

Your Questions answered

Do you want a happier and high spirited child ?

Our proven reward system will improve your child's self-esteem. We can not think of a better reason for children to study Goju-Ryu. Because the students are allowed to progress individually, Goju-Ryu excels over team sports where many of our children never share in the limelight. Our belt rank system allows the students to display and reaffirm their accomplishments while learning to set higher goals.

Do you want a more self-disciplined child ?

Parents really appreciate our discipline the most, although our karate classes are also fun and exciting. Our classes teach correct behaviour and positive attitudes that show up at school and at home.

Do you want a more self-control and balanced Child ?

Our karate classes help children channel their aggression. Doctors and psychologists very often prescribe karate training to help children learn to focus their energy in a positive manner. Children with ADD, ADHD, and other learning disabilities learn to concentrate better and expand their attention span.

Do want your Child to look and feel more confident

Confidence is one of the most important traits for children to develop early in life, especially for dealing with negative peer pressure. Confidence will empower your child with the ability to make correct moral judgments. Our classes give children confidence through mastery of technique, superior physical fitness, constant praise, positive critiques, and by helping them to attain goals set by the instructors. Confidence-building drills and the performance of technique helps replace shyness with assertiveness

Do you want to be worry FREE about your child safety ?

In today's society it is becoming increasingly necessary to possess practical and proven self-defence methods. Our classes emphasize the prevention of a confrontation. However, there are appropriate times to make a stand. It is at those times that your child should have the best techniques and training possible to ensure his or her safety. And with continued supervised practice, your child will have the skills to react appropriately to danger

Have your child been diagnosed with ADHD and other Learning Disabilities ?

Strenuous exercise can be a huge benefit for children with ADD/ADHD. They have energy to burn, and organized sports and other physical activities can help them focus their attention on specific movements and skills. Exercise also improves concentration, decreases depression and anxiety, and promotes brain growth. Children with learning disabilities will benefit from martial arts training, karate and yoga, which enhance mental control as they work out the body.

Information for Parents


The study of karate can be rewarding for children. It teaches physical and mental control. The benefits of physical development are increased flexibility, coordination and muscle tone. The mental development is shown in increased concentration and self-control. By self-control, we mean that the child learns how to prevent emotions from taking over in difficult situations.

With time parents will notice an improvement in their child’s. Their ability to Focus Attention, Self Confidence, Self-Control and positive thinking will become more apparent. Listening skills, Discipline, Respect and Good Manners will develop with regular practice.

The core of Goju Ryu Karate stresses the vital importance of a healthy mind and body necessary to lead a productive life, lighting against child obesity and avoiding children to wonder about or sit in front of a console for hours.

Academy for Karate Goju-Ryu (AKG) children’s program is open to children 6 to 15 years old. This style of karate emphasizes self-discipline and self-control and helps develop confidence, coordination and strength. In beginners classes children learn basic karate techniques: punching, striking, blocking, kicking, shifting and take-downs. Regular classes focus on application, work with partner and Kata (forms).

 The Children’s Program also offers the opportunity to test for grading under the Syllabus of the Academy for Karate Goju-Ryu (AKG), once affiliated.
Sensei Hernâni Gabriel is a 5th degree black belt and teaches the Children’s Program. Sensei Gabriel has studied karate since 1979 and has over 30 years of teaching experience in several countries with both adults and children. He has started the children’s program in 1998.


(Improving your Diet)


Foods can be divided into one of five groups.

When taken in the correct amounts these foods will provide all the vitamins and minerals your child needs for good health and therefore supplements should generally not be necessary. Additionally vitamins and minerals obtained by food are more effective than those obtained from supplements.

Bread, Cereals and Potatoes

They are source of complex carbohydrate, fibre, B vitamins. They may also provide calcium, iron, copper & Vitamin E.
Foods in this group include pasta, rice, bread, breakfast cereals, pitta bread, scones, chapattis, rolls, crispbreads and potatoes (including sweet potatoes).
His/her diet should include 4 to 6 portions of these foods per day. A portion would be an egg sized potato, 2 tablespoons of cooked rice/pasta/noodles or 3 tablespoons of breakfast cereals.

Meat, Fish and Alternatives

The foods in this group are a source of protein, Iron, B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, copper, magnesium, selenium, omega 3 fats and Vitamin D.
These foods include fish, meat, poultry, offal, seeds, nuts, textured vegetable protein (such as Quorn), tofu (soya curd) and other beans and lentils.
Your diet should include two portions per day. A portion would be 4 oz of lean red meat or poultry, 6 oz of white fish, 2 oz of oily fish or 3 tablespoons of beans or pulses.

Milk and Milk Products

Foods in this group are a source of calcium, protein, zinc, vitamins B2 & B12 and fat soluble vitamins A and D in the full cream versions.
These foods include milk, yoghurt, cheese, fromage frais and crème fraiche.
Your diet should include 2 to 3 portions per day. A portion would be 1/3 (200 mls) of a pint of milk, 150 g pot of yoghurt and 1oz (25g) of hard cheese such as cheddar.

Fruit and Vegetables

The foods in this group are a source of Vitamin C, Fibre (particularly soluble fibre), potassium and various antioxidants. The antioxidants help to prevent some of the damage caused by fats in the diets.

Foods in this group are all fruit and vegetables including fresh, frozen, dried, canned and juiced varieties.
Your diet should include 5 portions per day. A portion would be equivalent to an apple, a banana, two plums or a glass of fruit juice.

Sugary and Fatty foods

Sugary foods and fatty foods are a concentrated source of energy (calories). The fatty foods will provide a source of fat soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids, however these would be obtained in sufficient amounts from other items in alternative food groups.

Foods in this group include honey, butter, margarine, cooking fats and oils, crisps, chocolate, sweets, honey, biscuits, cakes, fizzy drinks, fried foods and pastry.

These foods should make up less than 1/12 of your total intake.











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Academy for Karate Goju-Ryu (AKG) is a voluntary organisation that was established to uphold excellent quality Martial Arts skills to it’s members.
AKG advocate important values such as courtesy, patience, respect, self-control and integrity and is committed to instil the life skills and character building of a true martial artist. These principles and standards will lead to remarkable improvements in each individual academics, careers and relationships – contributing towards a better community.

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