Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai


Pete has trained in Martial Arts, Kick Boxing and Boxing for over 26 years and has established the regional headquarters for Okinawan Goju Ryu Kenkyukai in McKinnon where he successfully teaches traditonal Goju Ryu Karate. As the Shibu Cho (Branch Head) of Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyu Kai Australia. Pete is an active member of the Okinawan Goju Ryu Kenkyukai community and participates in a number of forums designed to perfect and develop Okinawan Goju Ryu Kenkyukai in Australia.

Goju Ryu Kenkyukai

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When do we take off our belts?

Is it after the bow out, as we get changed, or never?
The longer we train; the less we remove our belts; the desire to wear the belt mentally, emotionally and physically becomes ingrained in us. We have to look ourselves in the mirror each morning and evening and be happy with who we’re looking at. Are we Ok to “pretend” to be something we’re not, from the moment we… step off the floor and back into our “normal” lives?
I think this thought process begs to question, “Are we in the Martial Arts for the Sport concept or the Real Traditional meaning, when life is life and games are games?
I know at times we have the dark side within us questioning our values, but as I’ve always said “Options, Choices and Consequences” – we make Choices from our Options, we must accept them or we’re lying to ourselves.
I’ve been told for as long as I can remember that for every 100 students that walk through the door, 10 stay on for Black Belt and out of that 10, 1 stays on forever. I challenge everyone to swap these last two figures around to now mean, that for every 100 students that walks through the door, 90 go on to Black Belt and 9 stay on forever.
We all must judge ourselves on retention as well as reflection for the more we retain the more we can positively reflect.
Deep down we’re always White Belts and should be…..should be willing to empty our cup and drink from new engaging information, whether it be from yester year or now. As an instructor we must also be humble to learn from our students so as to consolidate what we know and add what we’ve been taught – this is an instructor still being a student.
The journey never ends – the longer you wear a black belt the quicker it turns white, and so the circle

Pete Sensei

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Key Professionals

  • Ardes Media
  • Blitz Martial Arts Magazine
  • Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyu Kai
  • Zanshin Fitness