Gōjū-ryū Karate

What is Gōjū-ryū Karate?

Gōjū-ryū , (Japanese for "hard-soft style") is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of karate, featuring a combination of hard and soft techniques. Both principles, hard and soft, come from the famous martial arts book used by Okinawan masters during the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bubiji (Chinese:; pinyin: Wǔbèi Zhì). Gō, which means hard, refers to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks; jū, which means soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements.

Gōjū-ryū incorporates both circular and linear movements into its curriculum, combining hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent, including locks, grappling, takedowns and throws.

Major emphasis is given to breathing correctly in all of the katas but particularly in the Sanchin kata which is one of two core katas of this style. The second kata is called Tensho, meant to teach the student about the soft style of the system.

Gōjū-ryū practices methods that include body strengthening and conditioning, its basic approach to fighting (distance, stickiness, power generation, etc.), and partner drills.


When do we train?

Head instructor for the all karate classes is Miroslav Danihel, 4th DAN Goju ryu karate. Besides classes, Miroslav - Mickey provides private lessons too.

SwetFA Health Club Gym and Spa, 1 Sunnyside Road North, Weston-Super-Mare.

Krav Maga
קרב מגע

“contact combat”

Krav Maga

What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is a simple, aggressive, easy-to-learn and easy-to-remember system of self-defense. Krav Maga training focuses on principles rather than techniques because no two attacks are ever the same. No two people are the same. And, in fact, the same person confronted with a certain threat will react differently one day compared to another.

Krav Maga - The Roots of the System

The founder of Krav Maga, Imi Lichtenfeld, was born in 1910 in Hungary, but grew up in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. A natural athlete, Imi won the Slovakian Youth Wrestling Championship in 1928, and a year later won the adult championship in the welterweight division. That same year, he won both the national boxing championship and an intermediate gymnastics championship. For the next decade, he earned a place as one of the premier wrestlers in Europe. However, Imi's greatest influence was his father, Samuel, a police officer and self-defense instructor. Samuel started as a circus acrobat and wrestler, but later entered the police department and served for 30 years as chief detective inspector. He became well-known for his impressive arrest record, particularly his capture of dangerous criminals.

When not on the trail of violent felons, Samuel taught self-defense techniques at Hercules, Bratislava's first gym, which he owned. In training, Samuel constantly emphasized the need for proper moral conduct in dealing with the public and with suspects.

In the 1930's, Imi honed his fighting skills in the streets of Bratislava, protecting himself and other Jews from local fascist thugs. He took part in numerous fights to prevent anti-Semitic mobs from terrorizing the Jewish community in the city. These fights sharpened Imi's awareness of the difference between sport and street fighting. It was at this time that the seeds of Krav Maga were planted in this mind.

By the late 1930s, Adolph Hitler's Nazi Germany had turned Europe into a battlefield and made it a perilous place for Jews. Imi's fights to protect his family and neighbors from anti-Semitism rapidly made him unpopular with the local authorities, and he was forced to leave in 1940. After several years of travel, he arrived in Israel, which was then called Palestine. He joined the Haganah, a paramilitary organization fighting for Jewish independence. During this time he taught other soldiers basic hand-to-hand fighting skills, and his reputation grew.

In 1948, the State of Israel was born. The fledgeling Israel government asked Imi to develop an effective fighting system, which later became codified as the Krav Maga system. The Haganah was eventually incorporated into the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), and Imi became the military school's chief instructor for physical training and Krav Maga.

This history of Imi and Israel is important for anyone interested in understanding the nature of Krav Maga training. From the moment it was born, the State of Israel was at war with its neighbors. Israel needed to field an army immediately, sending soldiers into battle with minimal training and not time for retraining or refresher courses. For this reason, combat techniques had to be easy to learn and easy to remember under stress, even if the solider had not had training in a significant amount of time. In addition, the IDF was sending into battle soliders of all ages and abilities, from 18-year-old warriors to 40-year-old farmers. The combat system had to be accessible to a wide variety of soldiers, not just athletes in their prime.

Imi's solution was to base the self-defense portion of his combat techniques on the body's natural instincts. Instead of deciding what he wanted the solider to do, he started by observing how their bodies reacted under stress, and used those instinctive reactions as the building blocks for his self-defense system. This approach guarantees that the mechanics of the system stay close to the body's natural movements. Just as importantly, the approach reduces reaction time, especially under stress, since the techniques are close to the body's innate response to stress.


When do we train?

Classes are led by Two times World Champion Miroslav Danihel

SwetFA Health Club Gym and Spa, 1 Sunnyside Road North, Weston-Super-Mare.
and Impact Gym, Hayward Road, Staple Hill, Bristol BS16 4NT
Age: 16+

Gender: Men and Women
Clothes: Dark T-shirt, dark trousers (Jogging bottoms, please don't wear shorts or sleeveless tops).

Payment: £40 - Monthly to Asia Budo Centre by Standing Order (This is payment for 2 Classes per week).


KArate, JUjitsu, KENpo, BOxing


What is Kajukenbo?

Kajukenbo - History

Created between a two year period 1947-1949 in Hawaii by 5 martial artists and each masters of Different arts:

The system was created from A.D. Emperado, Peter YY Choo, Clarence Chang Joe Holke and Frank Ordonez.

The 5 martial artists called the group the Black Belt Society – They wanted to make a new martial art that incorporated the best self defense from all of the 5 systems. Basically the first Mixed Martial Art that was created.

Peter YY Choo – added the KA segment
Ka - From Korean Karate - Tang Soo Do “Kicking and Leg strikes” and basic blocks and stances

Joe Holke and Frank Ordonez – added the JU segment.
JU- from Jujitsu and Judo “Throwing and locking “or off balancing your opponent.

A.D. Emperado – added the Kenpo or Kempo segment.
KEN or KEM - Kenpo and Kempo Karate system “rapid multiple contouring striking of the body”

Clarence Chang – added the Kung Fu or Chinese Boxing segment.
BO - from Chinese Boxing "Kung Fu" Choy lei fut. Hung gar - mixed Kung Fu: and American Boxing.

“Flowing and yielding heavy penetrating strikes, which are designed to destroy from within the body”

The system is designed for Self Defense utilizing 5 martial arts: Karate Judo Jujitsu Kenpo and Kung fu. The self defense techniques created were tested out on the street for the effectiveness if the technique did not work, the founders would not put it into the system. Therefore, at one point all of the original self defense techniques were put to the test.

The Kajukenbo system is a system of Self Defense. The system trains students how to defend against grabs, punches and kicks or with the intent of a bladed or blunt weapon attack. The one thing you can be sure of with Kajukenbo / Kajukembo training you will have the confidence and knowledge to defend yourself.


When do we train?

Military Style Defence

Military Division Classes

What is it?

ICKKF Military Division Training

The Military Division of the International Chinese Kempo Karate Federation (ICKKF MILITARY DIVISION) aims to develop training programs of close quarter combat and personal defense with military or operational nature.

It’s a subsystem with roots in the Lohan Tao System getting so Chinese Kempo and kajukenbo contributions . Despite it's operational nature, it's applied to everyone seeking to develop their personal defense capabilities quickly and efficiently. The program of ICKKF Military Division encompasses techniques against unarmed or armed opponents.


When do we train?

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Multiple opponents

Women Self Defence


Krav Maga