‘To truly master karate one must embody the entire philosophy. Without a strong virtuous mind the body is useless’ Ohtsuka Tadahiko Sensei

Nihon Goshu Karatejutsu
Empty-hand technique for self-protection


We offer weekly training in the Japanese martial art of Karate, one of the most practical martial systems available. Karate is open to everyone, regardless of age, occupation or experience. Karate training improves overall health, awareness and mobility, and is especially beneficial for people looking to undertake an exercise program as well as those wanting to learn effective self-defence and self-discipline.

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Karate originated in Okinawa from a synthesis of indigenous fighting practices combined with the more specialised and developed Chinese martial arts, such as the hard external systems of kung fu and the soft internal systems that comprise the Nei Gia (Hsing-I, Ba Gua and Tai Chi). From Okinawa, Karate spread to mainland Japan, where it eventually became part of the Japanese budo systems. Okinawan karate maintained more of the original self-protection purpose, whilst Japanese karate tended to evolve with more of a sporting inclination, and many of the modern styles originated through these Japanese systems. Nihon Goshu Karatejutsu is based on traditional martial arts methodology, and unlike many modern martial arts that teach martial health or martial sport, Nihon Goshu Karatejutsu is first and foremost a system designed for effective self-protection in modern society.


The term Karate denotes a system of predominantly unarmed martial arts. The primary objective of Karate is to develop the entire body as an effective weapon of self-protection, both physical and psychological. Karate is designed to protect against 3 enemies - an external enemy (attacker) and 2 internal enemies (ego & illness) - and practiced properly, Karate is an effective method of self-protection against all 3, creating a strong body and good health. Nihon Goshu Karatejutsu delivers authentic karate with modern relevance. The suffix -jutsu denotes martial arts of self-protection (i.e. ju-jutsu, aiki-jutsu, etc), compared to the -do suffix which denotes martial ways of self-perfection (i.e. ju-do, aiki-do, etc). The syllabus synthesises key applications from Okinawan and Japanese Karate systems combined with principles from Chinese Nei Jia systems to create a complete system of self-defence and personal development. As Ohtsuka Sensei stated, ‘Karate is the study of human relationships’.



Kihon-ido (fundamental exercises): karate is built on the principle of developing the whole body for use as a weapon of self-protection. Specialised exercises achieve complete physical preparation and energy balance to provide strength, flexibility, endurance, a high level of awareness and confidence. Combined with breath training, kihon create the foundation for the development of more advanced technical combative applications.


Kata& Bunkai (forms & self-defence applications): in Eastern martial arts the essence of a system is contained in kata (forms), and are expressed through bunkai (combat applications). Kata contain the distilled knowledge and expertise of a particular system and teach unique strategies to overcome attacks from different positions and situations. Through diligent training under an informed teacher, the mystery of kata can be solved and mastered.

Ground Fighting

Tai-jutsu Gogi (techniques of unarmed combat): the 5 categories are atemi (strikes), gyaku (joint locks & reversals), nage (throws & takedowns), katame (pins & holds), and shime (chokes & strangulations), and can be practised through kihon (basic drills), kata (forms), bunkai (applications) and goshin-jutsu (self-defence). The technical skills are then expressed using martial tactics. Technical skill combined with strategy and tactics equals authentic Karate.


Goshin-jutsu (self-defence): the final stage of karate training, once the fundamentals have been mastered, kata studied and bunkai understood, is to be able to express a solution to an unexpected spontaneous attack in a natural manner that is effective and efficient in its application and outcome. The study and application of goshinjutsu transitions the more theoretical aspects of training to the practical reality aspects of real-world combat.


"Richard is a hard working and detail orientated instructor with a passion for his teaching. In the 33 years I have known him he has always endeavoured to bring the best out in others as well as himself."
     James Sumarac (8th dan Kyoshi, Goju Ryu Kakurinkan Karate-do)

Class Details


Tuesdays, 6.00 - 8.00 pm


116 Northgate Drive, Thomastown VIC (Melways Ref: 9, C10)


Karate uniform (dogi), belt (obi), bare feet


Rich Kay
0414 569 570



  Richard Kay with Systema Founders
Rich with Ohtsuka Sensei, Japan 2004

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