Seiwa Kai of Texas'

Blanco County Karate

Japanese Goju-Ryu Seiwa Kai

@ Core Fitness

621 N. Nugent Ave.  Johnson City, TX 78636


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Blanco County Karate is a member dojo of the Seiwakai of Texas branch  of the Japan Karate Federation Gojukai.  The founder of Seiwakai was the late Shuji Tasaki Hanshi, 9th Dan - JKF Goju Kai.  Tasaki Sensei was a direct student of Gogen Yamaguchi and the first all-Japan Gojukai Kumite champion.  

The President and Head Instructor is 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); James Pounds, 7th Dan; Mark Cramer, 6th Dan; and Johnpaul Williams, 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.  


Goju-Ryu 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 the style.

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


 James Pounds Shihan - Seiwakai of Texas; President USA Seiwakai

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 - Vice-President Seiwakai

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Last Updated April 23, 2019