Traditional Karate Center (TKC) - Matawan Gojukan. It is where students learn and work to achieve their black belts. This is accomplished by practice and study of technical, theoretical, and philosophical ways of karate.
We are accredited by the IKGA Headquarter in Tokyo, Japan and the USA National Karate Federation (US Olympic Committee, member).
Karatedo's ultimate goal is the improved development of the individual: mentally, physically, & spiritually.
Our community, potential for positive self-improvement, and authenticity.
Goju-ryu Karate-do is a classical, Japanese karate education.
Karate means 'empty hand'; and Do means 'the way' or method. So, karatedo means 'the way of the empty hand' - your hands (and feet) are your weapons.
Goju-ryu translates to 'hard and soft style' and emphasizes opposing forces and ideologies. Philosophically, when forced... block soft and strike hard. Goju system is a fluid, circular martial art fighting system and has exquisite kata (forms).
Fact: The Karate Kid screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen stated that Mr. Miyagi was named after Chōjun Miyagi, the founder of Goju Ryu Karate-Do. Also, the karate style depicted in the movies is the Goju Ryu style. In this classic, 1984 movie, the wax on, wax off and other peculiar methods of training are actually demonstrated elements of Gojuryu's Tensho kata.
No prior training is necessary; and, anyone can study and practice karate. It is challenging, safe and fun for all ages and abilities. Karate has both combat action and non-contact facets.
"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to become great" - famous quote
"Karate offers something for everyone" - IKGA President Goshi Yamaguchi
Every person advances at his/her own pace. In our karatedo program we adhere to our Tokyo headquarter's international curriculum. Standards must be met to ascend the ranks to Black Belt. Black Belt diplomas from Japan are awarded strictly by merits of dedicated study and proficiency. All IKGA ranks are globally recognized and honored.
Mudansha (under Black Belt ranks) may be examined for promotion every 3 to 6 months according to their present rank, eligibility, and preparedness. Yudansha (Black Belts) may seek promotion opportunities in accordance with IKGA HQ and IKGA North American Bloc guidelines.
NOTE: TKC students DO NOT have to do any of the following for promotions or memberships: