Karate (Goju Ryu)

Karate is a Japanese martial art with Chinese roots. It was developed on the Japanese island of Okinawa. The style of karate practiced at KenKon is Okinawa Goju-Ryu. Freely translated: ‘the hard-soft style’ of Okinawa.

Goju-ryu is a traditional style of karate where both effectiveness in situations of self-defence, as well as a positive contribution to physical and spiritual development play an important role.

The karate group of Ken-Kon, previously known as ‘Karate School Ta Mo’, is affiliated with the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Federation (IOGKF), and thereby with the Dutch Federation of Karate-Do (KBN). Classes are primarily given by Sydney Leijenhorst, 6th Dan. Sydney Leijenhorst is Chief Instructor of the IOGKF division in the Netherlands Sydney Leijenhorst, 6th Dan. Sydney Leijenhorst is Chief Instructor of the IOGKF division in the Netherlands, teacher at the KBN’s teacher’s education programme, and teacher at the Federation of Eastern Martial Arts (FOG). Classes are further taught by Wijnand Meurs, 4th Dan, Peter Slenders, 4th Dan, and Bart Pekel, 5th Dan.

There is an elaborate training schedule, including classes for different levels, special classes for both children and people older than 35, and classes focussed on particular themes, such as sparring and Karate & Zen.