Website of International Karate do Goju Kai Association Vice President Paul Starling - Hanshi


          Gogen Yamaguchi & Paul in Sydney Australia 1970.

Paul Starling -  Hanshi [ 8th Dan ] is a Vice President of the International Karate do Goju Kai Association -  and a representative on the
  I.K.G.A. Presidents Council
Founder of Sydney Goju Kan in 1970- & Former Patron of Goju-Kai Karate-do Sydney Inc. 

Thank you for taking the time to visit our I.K.G.A. Vice President's website of Goju Kai Karate do School of Yamaguchi. This style was established in 1963 in Sydney Australia. The Australian branch of Goju Kai has a very long standing tradition of an unbroken lineage directly to Grandmaster Gogen Yamaguchi and hence his successor and third son Goshi Yamaguchi now aged 80 who  is designated as Saiko Shihan .

Paul Starling  Hanshi, joined Goju Kai Karate do in the early 1960's and has remained a member ever since, making him the most senior non Japanese Instructor and World Vice President of the IKGA [International Karate do Goju Kai Association].

Australia is a continent as large as North America and distances between states have always been prohibitive, yet Goju Kai has continued to flourish here during the past 60+ years, largely as a result of the combined  efforts of the Shihan instructors located in New South Wales, Victoria & Western Australia and Queensland. Although each Chief Instructor has their own unique and individual method of teaching and running their Dojo, they are united in a determined stance of loyalty and respect for the Yamaguchi family and for Yamaguchi Goshi Saiko Shihan.

Perhaps it could be argued that the strength of Goju Kai Karate do in Australia comes from the fact that the most senior Instructors here are of a very high rank, [at least 7th Dan], and that, of these  Instructors and their Senior students, each has been training and teaching for at least 30-50+ years. At the same time, training with these Instructors are many other Shihan Instructors of 5th Dan and 6th Dan Rank who have also each been training and teaching for approximately 25-55 years.

Instructors of the 4th Dan rank {Jokyo}, and 3rd Dan rank {Shidoin}, work with their Chief Instructor or Shihan, cohesively, to keep intact the traditional precepts of Goju Kai Karate do which state that:-

             We are proud to study the way of Goju Ryu.

             We are courteous in manners

             We are humble but strong

             We cultivate the spirit of co-operation

            We respect the Budo spirit of  traditional martial arts. (The spirit of Bushido)

The Australian branch of Yamaguchi Goju-Kai maintains a strong link with the Japanese Headquarters of IKGA.   Grandmaster Goshi Yamaguchi Saiko Shihan visits our Country on a regular basis (usually every 2 years), and since the 1960's Australia has frequently sent individuals as well as large groups of students and Instructors to Japan, ensuring that Australia keeps up to date with the latest methods of teaching and training. It has been said that outside of Japan and the United States school of Gosei Yamaguchi Hanshi, that Australia has the longest history of Goju-Kai Karate-Do associated with the Yamaguchi Family. We are proud of the fact that we now have many Shihan Instructors in the Australian branch of the IKGA, which is explained by our 60 year + history.

We hope that you will find time to sign our guestbook; to navigate this site please either view the pages that interest you from the Home Page/Site Map, or otherwise please press the last navigation link at the top & bottom of each page titled 'NEXT'.

As this site is continually being modified, we hope that you will bookmark the Home Page, and return intermittently, pressing the RELOAD button, to view a regularly updated version of the site. The International Karate do Goju Kai Association, currently have Dojo in 60+ different countries throughout the world, and we hope that you will navigate and explore the various Websites of our worldwide association.

Members may also be interested to attend European, Canadian, Australian, African, South American or Asian Summer and Winter camps held regularly and taught by Goshi Yamaguchi Saiko Shihan. Sydney members have previously attended Seminars in Sweden,Karlsgogaar, Corfu-Greece & Japan,and Western Australians & Victorians attended Championships & Seminars in Japan, India Malaysia & Brazil and beyond.

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