How We Can Help – About Us
Welcome to Newcastle Goju-Ryu Karate Academy. We teach modern, fun martial arts to children, teens and adults whilst incorporating a traditional, disciplined approach.
All new students can train with us for one month (four sessions), totally free, sign up here! If you think you or your child would be interested in trying Karate out, please check out our FAQ, and feel free to contact us with any other questions you have. It would be great to see you at one of our classes.
We offer a comprehensive fitness program tailored to each person by focusing on one or more specific skills, as well as age/health-related needs. We also focus on mental, social and emotional health, which is an important part of overall fitness; no matter what age.
We practice techniques slowly and gradually get faster, with the aim of constantly increasing maximum speed. Flexibility and a correct warm up improve overall speed. Maximum speed is improved by developing muscular strength, power, strength endurance and technique.
- Reaction Times: We improve perception of attacks and the interval between stimulus & response.
- Response Times: We improve the time it takes to choose a response to the initiation of the movement.
- Movement Speed: We improve counter speed and how fast your body moves to avoid attacks.
We can improve the ability to rapidly change directions without the loss of speed, balance, or body control. The more agile a person is, the quicker they can anticipate an opponent's attack and react to it. Our students learn to respond very quickly to directional orders.
Martial arts help us to train ourselves with a practical application rather than for the sake of 'fitness'. Fitness training regimes such as gym workouts can become tedious. By concentrating on practical applications, our students become more relaxed and determined, enabling them to focus more on specific tasks.
Students must adhere to strict training rules and learn to respect their seniors, mentors and training partners in our classes. We assist parents in teaching their children to behave appropriately in different circumstances, relating to both Karate and life. Discipline and respect are vital factors in shaping one’s personality.
Martial arts can dramatically increase self-confidence, whilst teaching the fine line between that and arrogance. Our students learn to communicate with each other by working in groups, and helping each other where necessary. Children are taught from the start that social interaction is extremely important.
Our students learn quickly that the most important predictor of success is determination. People often think it's intelligence, and while that plays a part, it's not always the key factor. We assist parents in teaching their children to push for what they want, compete, and make decisions in a rational and calm fashion.