About Gôdô-Ryū Karate
Gôdô-Ryū Karate is a traditional Karate style combining power and strength together with speed and mobility to form an effective and efficient Karate style. Gôdô-Ryū Karate incorporates aspects of other Martial Arts in its syllabus, such as Aikido and Ju-Jitsu. Karate encourages a positive mental attitude in all aspects of life, being based on respect for self and others. Gôdô-Ryū Karate respect the disciplines found in traditional Karate styles, and understand the importance of maintaining our traditional values, but also recognise the importance of evolving as a modern and effective Martial Art.
The Gôdô-Ryū Karate Association promotes a safe Dojo for all practitioners and actively encourages equality and diversity, welcoming male and female students of all ages and abilities. The Gôdô-Ryū Karate Association ensures the safety and protection of all children involved within the Association through adherence to the child protection guidelines adopted by the NSPCC.
History of Gôdô-Ryū Karate
The Gôdô-Ryū Karate Association was formed in 1995 by Hanshi Paul Smith (8th Dan, Hachidan) and Shihan Bob Rowe (7th Dan, Shichidan), who each have over forty years experience, both at National and International level representing England and Great Britian. Gôdô-Ryū Karate is a traditional Karate style combining power and strength together with speed and mobility to form an effective and efficient Karate style. The literal meaning of Gôdô-Ryū Karate translates to 'combined style school of empty hand'. Since its inception the Gôdô-Ryū Karate Association has grown from strength to strength and now has clubs all across the South-West of England in Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.
Hanshi Paul Smith
Founder and Chief Instructor of the Gôdô-Ryū Karate Association, Hanshi Paul Smith has led the Association for over twenty years, starting his Karate training in 1973. He was awarded his 8th Dan (Hachidan) in 2013 by the Federation of English Karate Organisations. Hanshi Paul Smith displayed exceptional Karate prowess representing England in National and International competition, achieving remarkable championship success. Hanshi Paul Smith has trained closely with world class Karate exponents such as Hirokazu Kanazawa, Tori Takamizawa and Ticky Donovan. Through his guidance, the Gôdô-Ryū Karate Association continues to develop and refine traditional Karate to form an effective and efficient Karate style.