Blanco County Karate is a member dojo of the Seiwakai of Texas branch of
the Japan Karate Federation Gojukai organization. The founder of Seiwakai
was the late Shuji Tasaki Hanshi, 8th Dan - JKF Goju Kai. Tasaki Sensei was a direct student of Gogen
Yamaguchi and the first all-Japan Gojukai Kumite champion. Principle
instructors today are Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi, Head International
Instructor -- 8th Dan JKF Goju Kai and Seiwa Kai (Japan). Primary USA
Instructors are Vassie Naidoo, 8th Dan (Vice-President Seiwakai); Desmond Tuck, 7th Dan;
James Pounds, 6th Dan; and Mark Cramer, 6th Dan. Goju-Ryu
is a powerful yet elegant style combining effective and practical self-defense with
numerous other benefits, including improved stamina, balance, and flexibility
combined with renewed self-confidence and sense of well being.
For serious athletes, it can be excellent cross-training.
Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi Instructing
The intention of
Seiwakai of Texas is to pass on the Goju-Ryu karate of both Shuji
Tasaki and Chojun
Miyagi without altering or changing it simply to fit the precept of
modern sport. The goal of both men's style of Goju-Ryu was to not only teach
effective self-defense, but to also improve the character of the practitioner
through development of personal discipline, strong work habits, and a sense of community.
translates as "the way of hard and gentle." Miyagi
Sensei always believed his karate practitioners should hone a hard body and
tough spirit. At the same time they should be able to interact with others in a
gentle fashion that contributes to the overall good of society. In
practice, Goju-Ryu utilizes not only the hard and direct linear power of karate,
but also the flowing, circular and often indirect movements of the White Crane style of Chinese kung-fu which
is a major influence of
Classes are egalitarian in
nature - men and women do equally well in our art.
The expectations and requirements are the same for every student.
We are as interested in the quality of energy as with its force.
Come join us and enjoy a training that conditions both the body and mind!
Vassie Naidoo Shihan - Chief Instructor
North America Goju Ryu Seiwa Kai; Vice-President Seiwakai International
Desmond Tuck Shihan and Vassie Naidoo
Shihan - USA Goju Ryu Seiwa Kai
James Pounds Shihan -
Seiwakai of Texas
We believe Karate should not only make you capable of
defending yourself, it should also make you a person worth defending!
Shuji Tasaki Hanshi -Founder of Seiwakai
Leo Lipinski Shihan -