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Jundokan International of Coral Gables |Goju-Ryu Karate

Chojun Miyagi Sensei chose the name Goju-Ryu, meaning hard and soft school, as a name for his style of karate. He took this name from a line in the Bubishi, primarily a classical Chinese text on martial arts and philosophy. The phrase appears in a poem describing eight precepts of the martial arts. It reads "Ho Goju Donto" - the way of inhaling and exhaling is hardness and softness. The whole poem reads as follows:

1. The mind is one with heaven and earth.
2. The circulatory rhythm of the body is similar to the cycle of the sun and the moon.
3. The way of inhaling and exhaling is hardness and softness.
4. Act in accordance with time and change.
5. Techniques will occur in the absence of conscious thought.
6. The feet must advance and retreat, separate and meet.
7. The eyes do not miss even the slightest change.
8. The ears listen well in all directions

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