Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate

Karate Do

Karate Do is translated as "the way of the empty hand". Literally means: The karate-ka (karate studen) is unarmed, his hand (手: Te) is empty. Kara (空: empty) also has a philosophical meaning. The karateka should get rid of negative thoughts and expectations in order to be able to act appropriately and spontaneously in everyday life.

Karate - Do is the evolution of the age-old unarmed combat techniques Asia. Bodhidharma came from India to China and, about 1500 years ago, founded the Shaolin Temple to propagate his teachings. To strengthen the monks for their strenuous meditation, he instructed them in the ancient Indian martial arts. Over centuries, by way of merchants and traveling monks, an evolved for of that martial art came to Okinawa. There it mingled with the existing forms of martial arts.


Today karate is one of the most effective forms of self defense. Since Karate goes beyond the simple movements and techniques, with mind, consciousness and personality development at its center, training is possible by one and all: children, adults and  seniors. Kobukan in Munich Schwabing, the original Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate (刚柔 流 空手) is taught. Wolfgang Spielvogel's teacher was Sensei Harunobu Matsuba.

In our training a traditional style is practiced with focus on: Kihon (Karate elementary school), Kata (forms), Kata no bunkai (applications of karate kata), self-defense and the special Goju Ryu breathing technique that is used for mobilization of internal energy (Ki or Chinese chi) and to maintain the health.