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I started practising Goju-Ryu Karate-Do in the beginning of 1990. I stopped for 4 years while I was at University and returned after in the beginning of 2000. Some months later my traineeship ended and I soon reached a point where I decided to stop practising until I got a new job because it was very annoying to get dressed and undressed just to go practice.

In January 2001 I got a part-time job at afternoon-night as a cashier in a supermarket and it was no longer possible for me to attend my Karate trainings. I am currently 3rd Kyu (Brown belt):

Later I thought a few times about returning to my trainings by changing my work timetable but my back problems prevented me from doing so. But... on 27.Nov.2006 I got a declaration from the doctor at work saying I could practice Karate with a small restriction though. But, after a lot of meditation, I decided not to continue because I could only go once a week and I needed extra time for my free time activities which make me very busy sometimes.

"Go" means "Tough" and "Ju" means "Soft", so "Goju" means soft and at the same time tough. It is like the young bamboo tree that, when the wind blows strongly, it bends so that it doesn’t break and, when the wind calms down, it goes back to its original state. Our trainings are very hard with lots of physical exercise taking us to the limits of our strength. The word "Karate" means "empty hands" which means that our body becomes a weapon more powerful than traditional knives and such.

Belt colours in my Karate years:



10th Kyu — White belt


 9th Kyu — White belt + 1 list


 8th Kyu — Yellow belt


 7th Kyu Orange belt


 6th Kyu Green belt


 5th Kyu Blue belt


 4th Kyu — Red belt


 3rd Kyu — Brown belt


 2nd Kyu — Brown belt + 1 list


 1st Kyu — Brown belt + 2 lists


 1st—10th Dan — Black belt


Numbers in Japanese:
During the practice of Karate, we use numbers from 1 to 10 in some exercises. Here are the numbers in English and the corresponding word in Japanese:

English Japanese
Two NI
Three SAN
Four CHI
Five GO
Nine KYU
Ten JU

Lineage of Goju-Ryu:
The lineage of the Senseis of Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do is:
  1) Sensei Ryu Ryu Ko (Fukien — China);
Sensei Kanryo Higaonna (Naha Okinawa);
Sensei Chojun Miyagi (Naha Okinawa) Founder of Goju-Ryu;
Sensei Anichi Miyagi (Naha Okinawa);
Sensei Morio Higaonna (Naha Okinawa).

(Sensei Álvaro Silva in 2005)


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