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Chief Instructor, Owner, 4th Dan Black Belt.
Sensei Emma is the chief instructor of SEISHIN Martial Arts Academy and currently holds a 4th Dan Black Belt.
Sensei Emma has been training in karate since 2005 and has competed at the provincial, national and international levels since 2008. She has competed at 16 South African National Championships and has won Sub Saharan Africa & National Championship titles for both WKF KSA All Styles & Goju Ryu Style, in addition she is a provincial & nationally accredited coach.
In 2019, Sensei Emma was given the responsibility of H.O.D of Kata for SEIWAKAI South Africa and works closely with Kyoshi Ben Mare developing this faculty for the national association. In addition, she travels to Japan regularly to enhance her knowledge of traditional Goju Ryu Karate.
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Gogen YamaguchiHANSHI & founder
Shuji Tasaki, HanshiFounder of SEIWAKAI Inter
Ben MareKyoshi, 7th Dan
Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi Hanshi was one of the most well-known of all Karate-do teachers from Japan, and was famously known as “The Cat”. He was responsible for the establishment of the JKF Gojukai and the All Japan Karate-do Federation.
The Goju Ryu Karate-do Seiwakai was formed in 1972 by the late Shuji Tasaki Hanshi. He was one of Gogen Yamaguchi Hanshi’s most senior students, and was the first All Japan Gojukai Kumite Champion in 1963, and many years after, representing Tokyo.
Upon Tasaki Hanshi’s passing in 2011, Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi, Tasaki Hanshi's senior student and long-time protégé, became President of Goju Ryu Karate-do Seiwakai. Fujiwara Hanshi was an All Japan Karate-do Kata and Kumite Champion, and is one of the most highly regarded teachers of Goju-Ryu Karate-do in the world.
Ben Mare, Kyoshi started Goju Kai Karate in 1972 under the late Leo Lipinski Shihan and Stan Hart Shihan. He achieved his Nanadan in 2008 and has his hombu dojo in Durban, South Africa. He is the African Continental head instructor for SEIWAKAI International and plays a pivotal role on the executive board for Karate South Africa as the chairperson for the Dan Regulations Board.
Goju-ryu, Japanese for "hard-soft style", is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of karate, featuring a combination of hard and soft techniques. Both principles, hard and soft, come from the famous martial arts book used by Okinawan masters during the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bubishi. Go, which means hard, refers to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks; ju, which means soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements. Goju-ryu incorporates both circular and linear movements into its curriculum, combining hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent, including joint locks, grappling, take-downs, and throws.
Major emphasis is given to breathing correctly in all of the kata but particularly in the Sanchin kata which is one of two core kata of this style. The second kata is called Tensho, meant to teach the student about the soft style of the system. Goju-ryu practices methods that include body strengthening and conditioning, its basic approach to fighting (distance, stickiness, power generation, etc.), and partner drills.
Goju-ryu has 12 core kata in its standard curriculum:
Morio Higaonna writes that "Karate begins and ends with kata. Kata is the essence and foundation of karate and it represents the accumulation of more than 1000 years of knowledge. Formed by numerous masters throughout the ages through dedicated training and research, the kata are like a map to guide us, and as such should never be changed or tampered with."
Almost all of the kata have a corresponding bunkai oyo, a prearranged two-person fighting drill. These drills help the student to understand the applications of the kata, establish proper rhythm/flow, to practice constant attack/defense, and to safely practice dangerous moves on a partner
The Seiwakai Goju Ryu Karate group is currently represented in 64 different countries and has over 40,000 members worldwide. This makes Seiwakai one of the largest Goju-Ryu groups in the world that works under the wings of the Japanese Karate Federation (JKF) department of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do.
The founder of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Seiwakai is Shuji Tasaki Hanshi, 9th dan, in his younger years a famous and feared Kumite fighter who repeatedly became Japanese Champion. He was also the right hand of Gogen Yamaguchi's first and only teacher. Shuji Tasaki trained with Goshi Yamaguchi, the son of Gogen Yamaguchi, among others. The JKF was established in 1965 and the Goju-Ryu department was then led by Gogen Yamaguchi. After a few years, Gogen Yamaguchi stopped at the JKF and started his own organization the IKGA. Shuji Tasaki decided not to go with Gogen Yamaguchi and later founded his own organization in 1971 under the name Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Seiwakai. Seiwakai became part of the JKF that was led from that point by Ujita sensei.
Tasaki Sensei was, until his death (January 30, 2011), one of the most respectable members of the Board of Directors of JKF Goju Kai Japan. Out of respect for this, he was promoted to 9th Dan JKF Goju-kai in 2009. The first student of Tasaki Sensei was Seiichi Fujiwara Sensei. Fujiwara sensei is our current Chief Intructor. Fujiwara Sensei assisted his teacher for many years during seminars around the world and was personally designated by Shuji Tasaki to continue his life's work. Fujiwara Sensei is also a multiple Japanese champion in both the Kata and Kumite.
Fujiwara Sensei was the youngest Japanese Karateka ever to receive the JKF Goju Ryu degree 8th Dan in 2002.
JAPAN KARATE-DO FEDERATION GOJU-KAI (JKF)
Japan Karate-do Federation Goju-kai is the global umbrella organization of Goju-Ryu which includes the following Goju-Ryu styles: Kenbukan, Eidokan, Seiwakai, Eibukan, Kagoshima Kai, Shudokan, Okinawa Goju-ryu, Kyokai, Jitsueikai, Uchiagekai, Seishikan, Ryushinkan and Yuishinkan. They work together under the wings of the Japanese Karate Federation. The Goju-Ryu department is the official discussion partner on Goju-Ryu close to the WKF (World Karate Federation). The overseas Director JKF Gojukai is Hanshi Seiichi Fujiwara, Director and Chief Instructor of the Seiwakai Goju Ryu. That is the largest Goju-Ryu group in the world under the wings of JKF Goju-kai.