Martial arts classes benefit growing children far beyond the dojo and in many real-world scenarios. Our structured classes are meant to help develop coordination, physical fitness, and mental strength, as well as gain valuable social skills. Through positive reinforcement, we can bring out the best in your children to help them succeed in life.


At our Dojo, we proudly practice Okinawan Goju-Ryu.

Ever heard of the Karate Kid and the famous Mr. Miyagi? Chojun Miyagi is the founder of Goju-Ryu Karate. Our dojo belongs to Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karatedo Kyokai. Our organisation is pure and is the culmination of the direct lineage of Chojun Miyagi Sensei.

For all you history buffs, you might enjoy this chronology detailing the origins of OGKK: https://ogkk.jp/history_en.html

Goju-Ryu Karate is a very enjoyable and fascinating martial art. Practicing this style of Karate teaches you a lot about your body and you will be amazed by your capabilities. It is a myth that you must be big and strong to survive. You only need to be smart, know your capabilities, and train regularly.

In the world of today, where it sadly is necessary, and to be able to defend yourself, the greatest gift you can give to a loved one is to invest in martial arts classes.

There are many unique styles of martial arts, and also many different styles of Karate. The world of martial arts is huge, and each art offers many benefits.

At IMAA you have the opportunity of learning Goju-Ryu Karate, Kobudo, and Kickboxing as well as basic Self Defence classes by qualified instructors well versed in these arts. We are a registered Dojo with Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karatedo Kyokai (OGKK).

It is important when considering a martial arts Dojo that you verify the authenticity and certifications of the Dojo as well as the instructors to ensure you will be receiving qualified and legitimate tuition.

We will be honoured if you choose us!


Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karatedo Kyokai with headquarters situated in Okinawa has a strong footprint in South Africa. The IMAA is the 35th OGKK dojo, and we are privileged to be under the leadership of Senseis Kyoshi’s Elias and Lilian Kattan, Continental Heads of OGKK.

You are guaranteed exceptional quality tuition as we still train with our Senseis twice a week and our instruction is regularly assessed to ensure the correct standards are maintained.

Goju- Ryu Karate is a style of karate is based on the concept of hard (go) and soft (ju), always in consistent harmony one equalizing the other. In other words, you do not need to be stronger than the threat to protect yourself.

Besides the self-defence techniques you will learn, Karate has many other benefits that include improvement in the following areas:

  • Self-confidence & self-esteem
  • Coordination & stability
  • Mobility & flexibility
  • Fitness & conditioning
  • Discipline & respect
  • Cardiovascular health, muscle tone, weight loss and many more.


We also offer specialised training in Sport Karate, should you or your child be interested in competing at recognized top-rated tournaments. All colours achieved are officially accepted and your child will be recognised at school with sport colours.

The preferred starting age for Karate is 5 years old. However, we are happy to assess children from 4 years old to determine their class readiness.

Expert tuition in authentic Okinawan martial arts.

Karate: Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karatedo Kyuokai

Weaponry: Matayoshi Kobudo

FightFit: Conditioning & Fitness, Standup Fighting.

All disciplines welcome.

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