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Goju Ryu Karate

The founder of our style, Grandmaster Chojun Miyagi chose the name Goju Ryu based on precepts from the Chinese martial arts. Go means hard or resilient; Ju means soft or yielding. Therefore Goju Ryu translates as the hard-soft school.  This refers specifically to both the technical characteristics of our style and to its underlying philosophy.

Kokoro Karate Academy is (via the EGKA) part of the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karat-do Federation, IOGKF.   With members from all around the world,  the IOGKF holds countless seminars, training camps and major International events every year. The IOGKF has 75,000 members in over 55 different nations and welcomes all potential members to join our International Karate family.

Ciara Morrison

Ciara is a karate instructor who has international competition and teaching experience spanning over 30 years. If you are interested in learning a traditional martial art, getting fit and finding an international network of likeminded people, come join our Goju Ryu Family!


Join us in our dojo based from the Ark Oval Primary Academy Croydon! We are a very short 4 minute walk from East Croydon station!

Training Monday & Wednesday 8.00-9.30pm

PLEASE NOTE:- We open on the 18th of February


Kokoro Karate Academy is affiliated to The EGKA, a non-profit karate association dedicated to teaching the traditional Okinawan martial art of Goju-Ryu Karate in England. Our association promotes high standards of teaching through our network of qualified and experienced instructors.

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We welcome all who are interested in Karate or martial arts. If you have previously trained or are keen to start, come and meet us and see what you think!

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Why us

  • A wealth of karate experience
  • Focus on all ability and fitness levels
  • Great fun and lifetime learning!