The tiny island of Okinawa—located in the East China Sea—was the birthplace of Karate. In the 11th century, the people of Okinawa developed their own fighting ability from the influence of Chinese Martial Arts and other asian fighting systems. While the origins of Goju Ryu and all Martial Arts dates back many centuries, the style that we know as Goju Ryu was only formalized in the early twentieth century. The Style Goju Ryu was named in 1931 by Miyagi Chojun Sensei, the student of Higaonna Kanryo Sensei. The parts in the name Goju Ryu can be broken down as such: Go - hard, Ju - soft, Ryu - the way. The name Goju Ryu reflects the nature of the style which has both hard and soft elements.

While Goju Ryu is the primary style of Karate taught at the Rideau Osgoode Martial Arts, we also do katas (patterns) from the Shotokan and Chito Ryu systems. Our instructors come from diverse backgrounds and we've decided to maintain some elements from that diversity to improve the overall knowledge and experience of our members.

“Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can using only their hands and feet make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.” ― Dave Barry


We teach Katas from three different styles of Karate: Goju Ryu, Shotokan and Chito Ryu.

Table of Karate Katas taught at Rideau Osgoode Martial Arts.
Rank Goju Ryu Kata Shotokan Kata Chito Ryu Kata Other
White Belt Geki Sai Dai Ichi Heian Shodan Taikyoku Shodan Te Waza
Yellow Belt Geki Sai Dai Ni Heian Nidan Shi Ho Hai  
Orange Belt Sanchin Heian Sandan Ro Hai Sho  
Green Belt Saifa Heian Yondan Ro Hai Dai  
Blue Belt Seiyunchin Heian Godan    
Brown Belt Sanchin Ni Bassai Dai    
Black belt (First Degree) Shisochin      
Black belt (Advanced Degrees) Sanseru