OKINAWA GOJU RYU

Karate-do Kyokai

South Africa
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South Africa Honbu Dojo

Located in Durbanville, a northern suburb of Cape Town, the Honbu Dojo welcomes all interested in the activities of the OGKK.

The dojo is open every day with instruction done by senseis Elias and Lilian Kattan, assisted by senior Black Belts. Students are accepted from age 5.

Accommodation is available with transport options plus an administrative centre with all infrastructure managing membership affairs.

The Legend of The Shisa

"Shisa or lion dogs" - are seen on every building in Okinawa standing guard on the roofs or entrances of homes, shops and other areas in need of a little protection or good luck.

Legend has it that the Shisa came to the Okinawa region many years ago as a present for a Ryukyuan King. The Shisa then became famous for protecting the villagers of Madanbashi from a terrible dragon who lurked in Naha port bay.

According to the legend, when the king had the Shisa confront the dragon, it roared like a lion -- causing a huge rock to fall from the sky onto the dragon, thus turning the dragon into present-day Gana-mui island.