Karate classes are held in Tampa on Thursdays and Saturdays. Syllabus is a mixture of self defense, kata, and sparring, with an emphasis on long term health and fitness. Sensei Liam is a member of the USA Goju Federation, Hall #25-66, and an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.


Class are currently taught at Oakstead clubhouse.


event date location
Black Belt Promotion 8/11/2018 Oakstead
Bushido Open Tournament 11/03/2018 Cooper City Dojo
Gainesville Challenge 03/09/2019 Buchholz High School

For the ryu-wide calendar check the wildcat dojo.


email oakstead<the current year>@goju-karate.com for questions about classes. Use the current year here. This changes every year to avoid spambots.


This site is tied to the KarateDo on Twitter, although it is not currently active. In the past, I've posted quotes from historical figures related to martial arts training.

Historical quotes

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

from The Tao Te Ching by Lao-tzu

In truth, one hundred right-minded men would be hard to find.

from The Unfettered Mind, p. 50, by Takuan Soho

One may explain water, but the mouth will not become wet.

from The Unfettered Mind, p. 28, by Takuan Soho

Do not read written works and think, "This is the Way." Written works are like the gate to approach the Way.

from The Life-giving Sword, p. 73, by Yagyu Munenori

One must train ceaselessly.

from The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Your character and personality are more significant than your physical strength and ability.

attributed to "Karate" Sakugawa
from The Weaponless Warriors p. 32 by Richard Kim

Karate should never be thought of or displayed as a vehicle for public entertainment.

from Mas Oyama's Essential Karate, p. 243, by Mas Oyama

Among one's affairs there should not be more than two or three matters of what one could call great concern.

from Hagakure p. 27, by Yamamoto Tsunetomo

When you hear about principles, try them out yourself, and prove them to your own mind.

from: The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts by Issai Chozanshi

Luck favors the prepared mind.

source: http://www.paulgraham.com/hamming.html attributed to Louis Pasteur

For the beginner, practice without effort is not true practice.

from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind p43 by Shunryu Suzuki


A collection of blog entries covers relevant material for students.