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Chojun Miyagi founded Goju Ryu in the 1920s after studying under Higaonna Kanryu, a noted master of Naha Te and Chinese kung fu. Miyagi further pursued both Te and kung fu, and developed his own Karate style. He formally named it "goju," or "hard and soft," in 1927.

Goju Ryu's philosophical base is strongly linked to Chinese Taoism. Some of its kata originated with kung fu forms. The style heavily emphasizes deep-breathing techniques, slow kata done with surface muscle contraction, and strong stances.

Goju Ryu stylists usually fight from a strong, defensive stance. They avoid meeting force with force; instead, they attempt to avoid the enemy's attack and retaliate with a strong counter. Despite this, Goju Ryu's strong stances and training at absorbing blows without shifting from a stance make it an effective linear style. Many of its parries are meant to injure the attacker as much as defend. Like all Karate styles, Goju Ryu seeks to defeat the enemy with a single, decisive blow. Fighters make extensive use of the Wait and All-Out Defense maneuvers, and then strike back with an Attack or Committed Attack (Strong) aimed at a vital location.

Today, Goju Ryu is widespread. However, many modern dojos - especially in the U.S. and Europe - have largely discarded its internal teachings and concentrate solely on its hard, external training. Schools often teach a variety of Okinawan weapons in addition to unarmed fighting.

Skills: Breath Control; Karate; Karate Art; Savoir-Faire (Dojo).

Techniques: Aggressive Parry; Back Kick; Elbow Strike; Exotic Hand Strike; Hammer Fist; Kicking; Knee Strike; Spinning Kick; Targeted Attack (Karate Exotic Hand Strike/Vitals); Targeted Attack (Karate Kick/Vitals).

Cinematic Skills: Body Control; Breaking Blow; Immovable Stance; Kiai; Power Blow; Pressure Points; Pressure Secrets.

Cinematic Techniques: Dual-Weapon Attack (Karate); Lethal Kick; Lethal Strike; Targeted Attack (Lethal Kick/Vitals); Targeted Attack (Lethal Strike/Vitals).

Perks: Clinch (Karate); Iron Hands; Special Exercises (DR 1 with Tough Skin); Unusual Training (Breaking Blow, Only vs. well-braced objects out of combat).

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