yuzenkai goju ryu and kobudo

Shihan Erik Nilsson is the Branch Chief for Japanese Yuzenkai Gojuryu Karate and Kobudo in Sweden.

Gojuryu's is heavily related to shitoryu, with a lot of Gojuryus katas practiced in this style.

The cooperation with Yuzenkai means that we will apply all Gojuryu's kata in our system.

Yuzenkais thoughts about exploring the original martial arts techniques and test them through full contact, and the desire to develop a good Budo ethics, is also consistent with our own view of karate, as a martial arts and tools for developing their own character.

Yuzenkai also includes the exercise of Okinawa kobudo. We will exercise and include Yuzenkais system in our own system.

Yuzenkai use WKF kumite rules for youth and educational purposes.

Within Yuzenkai we aim to explore the original Gojuryu techniques largely been disappearing because of Karate-adaptation to the modern competition systems.

We want to preserve and pass on the knowledge of the original techniques that were adapted to martial arts, self-defense in order that they survive.

Yuzenkai practice primarily "full contact" Gojuryu including both Impact (Tsuki), kicking (geri), joint lock (kansetsu waza), chocking techniques (Shime waza), wrestling (katame waza) and throw (naga waza) Yuzenkai means "Karate Group for Bravery Highest and goodness."

YU and ZEN are also the Japanese characters for Kancho Omotos two teachers Yoshiaki Naganuma And Isamu Kato.

Yuzenkai okinawa kobudo weapons include Sai, Tonfa, Kama, Bo and Nunchaku.

Kancho Omoto (Omoto Kazunori 1958-) studied Nahate Gojuryu karate since 1973 under Hanshi Yoshiaki Naganuma (who was the chief pupil to Hanshi, Kanki Izumikawa). When Omoto received first degree black belt, there was a great change of karate in Japan. All the old original katas changed to fit into the standardized Japan Karate Federation (JKF) framework.

Omoto who learned the original techniques feel a strong interest to develop and preserve the original Gojuryu techniques.

Omoto also believes that todays modern karate has no real philosophical and ethical basis and has lost the its old values.