USA Goju Federation Karate classes consist of three basic components
- kata (forms)
- self defense
In addition, a variety of conditioning methods are incorporated to prevent injury and build ability to perform movements.
The modern martial arts dojo is a confluence of Eastern and Western thought and technology.
From a Western perspective, traditional karate is a sport and health exercise. The classes have psychological benefits in the form of reduced stress as well as physiological benefits in the form of increased fitness.
From an Eastern perspective, karate is a lifestyle. The dojo is a microcosm of the world. It teaches courtesy and harmony both within each person and amongst individuals. It is undeniable that violence permeates life. A karate practitioner does more than just face this fact, but also neutralizes it.