Karate Austin - Seiwakai of Texas

2415 Exposition (@ Windsor) - Breath and Body Building

Austin, TX 78703


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Heijoshin Karate-Do is a member dojo of the Seiwakai 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); Leo Lipinski, 8th Dan Seiwa Kai and 7th Dan JKF Goju Kai (Europe); Vassie Naidoo, 8th Dan Seiwa Kai and 6th Dan JKF Goju Kai (North America); Des Tuck, 7th Dan Seiwa Kai and 6th Dan JKF Goju Kai (USA).    It 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 is excellent cross-training.

Fujiwara Shihan Instructing


The intention of Heijoshin Karate-Do is to pass on the Goju-Ryu karate of Chojun Miyagi without allowing it to be altered or changed simply to fit the precept of modern sport.  The goal of Miyagi's style of Goju-Ryu is 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.  



 Lipinski Shihan


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.


 Vassie Naidoo Shihan - Chief Instructor North America Goju Ryu Seiwa Kai

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!   

 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


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Last Updated December 22, 2017