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Saturday, 24 Mar 2018


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Kancho Deena Naidu's martial arts training started when he was eleven. Later trained under Sensei Jam Mohan, now passed on, at the Zenuki Karate Institute in 1970, in Durban South Africa. He then went on to run his own School which was known as Hirosaki karate institute. While his school was still operational he joined Goju Kai under the famous Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei in 1975. He qualified as the sixth graduate of the Japan karate-do college in 1976. He made numerous long trips to Japan since then. His last training session at I. K. G. A. ( International Karate-do Goju Kai) was in 1988 just before Gogen Sensei died. The last picture with Gogen Sensei can be seen in Kancho Naidu's book 'Discovering Martial Arts.' When Gogen Sensei died, he then decided to officially leave the organisation to continue Gogen Sensei's way and to include some of his own ideas. He still regards Gogen Sensei as his teacher who has had a great impact on his life. Today, Goshin kan is expanding and through the publications of Kancho's books, many are coming to know of the good works of Kancho Deena Naidu. The two of his books that have had a great impact on martial arts students and teachers are 'Discovering Martial arts' and 'Budo-ka'. ¨These books are available from kancho at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ¨Discovering Martial Arts has recently become available in e-book form from out books page, see main page

According to a former student, who has recently come back to Australia from a long stay in Japan, "there is very little out there like Goshin kan Karate". He speaks from first hand experience. He not only lived in Japan but also traveled to almost every part of the world. His extensive search for knowledge in the art gave him the understanding and the conclusion that Goshin-kan is undoubtedly one of the finest there is. He says this because he finds that our style has love. Love for the people, love for the art and love for the work we do and most importantly, we have love for God. Kancho Deena Naidu always says that God is present in all our classes daily. He says he is always watching over us. The very first bow during the formal bows in the Goshin-kan class is to Shinzen. This is believed to be the seat of God. God is the head of the class and our first respect goes to Him. He is also thanked at the end of the class for being present.
Very interestingly we were fortunate to have had Goshi Shihan witnessing one of our classes many years ago. At that time he was with the famous and favorite Sempai Sakomoto Sensei of Kancho Deena Naidu's. It was only then for the first time that Goshi Shihan had witnessed Kancho Deena Naidu taking a class. At the end of the class he asked Kancho Naidu if he could say a few words to the class. Goshi Sensei said to the students that from what he saw that they do not have to go to Japan to study karate. They are fortunate to have Japan right here. This is one of the greatest compliments Goshin-kan karate has received from Goshi Yamaguchi Sensei who is presently the head of Goju-kai. Goshi Yamaguchi Sensei had a lot of respect for Kancho Naidu and one night in January 1979 at Kancho Naidu's farewell party in Japan  he gave Kancho Deena Naidu his belt. Goshi Sensei said to Kancho that he thought that he was one of the finest teachers he had known. To make his point clear Goshi Shihan produced a knife and in the presence of all, cut his hand. This shocked everyone present and many of the Shihans said they had never seen anything like this before. From time to time other Japanese masters have come visiting our schools and have all made similar statements. Iwanami Sensei says he gets inspirited with Goshin-kan when he comes on visits to our club. He is very pleased that we are still carrying the light and ideas of Gogen Sensei. Goshin kan karate has a great number of stories of students excelling, not only in the art of karate, but becoming ideal citizens and community leaders. Many through their instructions in karate have excelled in other sports, school and work. The general consensus of students however, is that they have become better persons. This karate has made them better partners to their spouses, better children to their parents and parents to their children and it has encouraged them to believe in God. This is one of the great aims of our karate and that is to make us all grateful for everything in life. It also helps to become aware that relationships are important in this life. There is great emphasis on the fact that we must show love in our thoughts and actions to each other. As Kancho Deena Naidu always says, "It does not matter what others do to you, it is what you do to others that really matters." He says "leave what others do to you to God to take care of". He says that is God's department. "What you have to do", he continues "is to manage your own life by being good and loving to each other". The law of cause and effect will balance all things. He says, 'What goes around, comes around with a greater impact.' The motto of Goshin-kan is to love everyone as God loves you.
Goshin kan karate teaches 70% physical, 20% mental and 10% spiritual. Our aim is to inspire all those who believe in God to continue their worship or religion along the lines that are familiar to them and to those who do not believe in God, to show gratitude to nature or the universe for being present on the planet. Goshin-kan bases it teachings on the five human values which are:
Right conduct
Non violence
Many styles have copied this idea however, they do not teach it the same way. It is pleasing to see that the Goshin-Kan's idea is going to other organizations. It means we are doing something right and that our organisation has something of great value. There will be some who will not agree with Goshin-kan and its ideas and there will be others who will be jealous. This is natural to the human make up because everyone is different and they must be allowed to their opinions. This is what makes life interesting. We have to view both good and bad in the same light. It does not affect us because we believe in what we do and opinions of others always differ.  It must be allowed to manifest because it is also that which make us grow. We certainly do not want our egos to be inflated or deflated. Although all good stories are encouraging for beginners joining us.


"True Budo teachers
teach for Peace, not for War."

THE WORD 'TRADITIONAL' refers to a practice, belief, idea or custom that is followed or handed down from age to age, by word of mouth and practical demonstration. The underlying aim is to preserve that which is regarded as important for growth and stability for that group, race or society at large. It is also treated as most high and not subject to change. The doctrine is either recorded in writing, or it is entrusted orally to those who can be relied upon to cherish its riches and, in turn, pass it on to the next generation.

One follows a tradition because one is happy to do so. We sense an age-old wisdom; we experience a feeling of connectedness with a long line of kindred spirits stretching back over the centuries. We follow a tradition because we believe in it and want to be part of its ongoing preservation.

The Martial Arts taught and practiced today in most clubs are not traditional. They are "new", each variation arising out of a new concept or idea. Little or nothing, of the traditional, of the original practice and belief.

The longest traditions are those which touch the deepest chords in the human existence. The Martial Arts known as The Empty Hand is said to be 5,000 years old. As a tradition it has withstood the test of time, it remains an ancient symbol of the eternal three-fold path: physical, mental and spiritual. I do not think that the new kind of Martial Arts will become traditional because discriminating practitioners are veering away from it in its early stages and are moving towards physical, and not mental and spiritual development. Where is the depth, majesty and priceless-ness to take hold of and cherish? Already people are beginning to turn away from these latter-day approach, seeking an art which satisfies a certain longing - they are looking for a discipline whose end result is far more than physical skill and tournament points. These seekers on the path are moving into and beginning to explore the mental and spiritual domains of martial arts. The body of a human is known as the physical because it is solid. It is made up of material substances - physical usually means that which can be seen and felt.

We all know that if the physical lacks mental capacity its performance is grossly limited; and when the spirit departs, the body soon decays. The spirit inside the body is the power underlying all thinking, reasoning, acting, moving and breathing. Without the spirit the body is dead.

A Martial Art which focuses only on the physical can be likened to a body without a spirit - it cannot live, it will soon die. Even those Martial Arts which include some mental training as well as the physical cannot be guaranteed a long life - if they omit or deny the spiritual basis of their art, they too will soon fade away.

Traditional Martial Arts have 3 inseparable components: spiritual, mental and physical. one aspect alone is not enough. If a practice is only spiritual if is not Martial Arts - it is a religion. If it entails only the mental component it is physical, or relating to the mind or soul. All 3 components can exist on their own, but the physical will be short-lived.

As far back as I can remember I became intrigued by Martial Arts. I always felt there was more to it than what I saw. From the stories I have heard and from the evidence I have seen and experienced, I am convinced that true Martial Arts goes well beyond the physical.

In the early years my Grand Master, Master Gogen Yamaguchi, explained that Martial Arts with the right kind of practice leads to something far greater. We practiced in the early hours of the morning, starting at 4.00 a.m. and continuing for about 3 hours. However this practice was only with selected foreigners who lived in the college. I inquired from him why it was only the three of us that were selected. He said that the others were not ready. His lessons mainly involved yogic disciplines and other spiritual methods. Over the years since then, I have learned similar principles from other masters, so much so that my inner spirit has now prompted me to write, to share with others what I now believe to be true.

It is my hope that reading this book will be of help to you in your own investigations, and that it will give you a better grasp of the purpose and nature of the true or traditional Martial Arts.


From the Book " Discovering martial Arts by Sensei Deena Naidu