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Chinese Goju

The term "Goju" has two contrasting meanings - go (hard) and ju (soft). The concept of the Goju exist in the Chinese ideolgy and is referred to as "yin-yang". Positive and negative energy forces that hold the universe in balance, as between positive and negative poles, enabling both to exist. The yin (soft) and the yang (hard), are life energy forces that control the universe. An example of the yin/yang theory in relation to Chinese Goju methodology, is the block soft, hit hard theory.

The combination of the hard and soft elements compliments the grace and beauty of the Chinese Goju movements. The graceful movements of Chinese Goju are crucial in its defensive mechanics, which produces a very effective practical system. Chinese Goju practioners train to a level of extreme swiftness in thinking and physical appliction during kumite. They learn to attack with aggressive combinations of hard targeted blows to the opponents ungarded area. Maximum training in the dojo will develop an attitude and mindset of peace unless violently approached by an attacker. The Chinese Goju student learns the importance of survival in the event of a hostile situation.

Okinawa and Japan marks the origin of the Goju style founded by the honorable Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953). Honorable Miyagi reformed his former styles after mastering "Chinese Kempo" and "Naha-te", he named the style "Goju-Ryu Karate".

Meitoku Yagi became the successor of Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, after the death of the honorable Miyagi. Moreover, Gogen Yamaguchi was designated as the successor of Japenese Goju-Ryu in Japan. In 1935 Gogen Yamaguchi established the "All Japan Goju-Kai Karate-do Association" in Kyoto, Japan.

Master Peter Urban, a disciple of Gogen Yamaguchi brought the style of Goju-Ryu to the United States in 1959. In 1964 Master Peter Urban founded the U.S.A. Goju Association. Master's Frank Ruiz, Harry Rosentein and Ron Taganashi, all students of Grandmaster Peter Urban, founded the Nisie Goju Ryu system in 1969.

Master Ron Van Clief founded the Chinese Goju system on January 25, 1971. Master Van Clief is a disciple of Grandmaster Peter Urban, Frank Ruiz, Moses Powell and Leung Ting. After many years of study in Karate, Aiki-Jutsu, Ju-Jutsu, Zen-Jutsu and Kung-Fu, Master Ron Van Clief desired to bring the Goju system closer to its Chinese roots, due to the distinct ideologies of the Japanese, Chinese and American cultures. He combined the animal forms and soft aspects of his Chinese arts training, with the hard and soft characteristics of Japenese Martial arts.

Shidoshi (Grandmaster) Ron Van Clief's Chinese Goju system is a total martial arts concept combining the Eastern and Western ideologies with American ingenuity. The system is influenced by the circular hand movements of Chinese arts along with the grace and power of Japenese and Okinawan Goju.

Chinese Goju techniques are distinctive with great effectiveness. Many of the blocks and strikes are performed with exposed palms, fast and strong in application with a powerful snap. The movements are executed strategically in and out and circular side patterns, in contrast to traditional karate of hard style, were the movements are straight forward and back.

The basics of Chinese Goju are a reconstruction of philosophy in the martial arts ideology (Van Clief).

The essense of Chinese Goju is the development of the individual. Through proper training in the art of Chinese Goju the student acquires the mental, physical and spiritual harmony necessary to acclimate to the ever changing environment. (Van Clief)

Throuh the introspectiveperception developed within the martial arts criteria Chinese Goju teaches its students that change is constant. (Van Clief)

Chinese Goju advanced students understand the full range of their human potentia; with the implementation of Chinese Goju philosophy, the student understands Goju ideology, hard and soft in concept and technique. (Van Clief)

Chinese Goju teaches fluidity and flexibility of the mind and body for human development.

Grand Master Ron Van Clief has been studying and teaching the Martial Arts for over 40 years. He has appeared internationally on television and radio demonstrating his art, as well as at many colleges and universities lecturing on the subject. He holds a black belt or the equivalent in Karate, Ju-Jitsu, Aiki-Jitsu, Kung-Fu and Arnis de Mano and Zen Jutsu. Further he is a master of the Sword, Sai, Nunchaku and other martial arts weapons.

Grand Master Van Clief is a 10th Degree Red Belt and founder of the Chinese Goju System. Shidoshi Van Clief has established more than 25 schools in over 18 countries. He has appeared, or starred in more than forty motion pictures, made appearances as a stunt man, served as a policeman in New York, and a former United States Marine. Shidoshi Van Clief, is formely commissioner of the World Contact Karate League.

Shidoshi Van Clief continues to share his knowledge with his disciples, particularily during competitions. He has competed in more than 900 tournaments during forty years of international competition. He retired as an 8 times U.S. Champion, and most notable, he's a 5 times World Champion.

In 1994 he fought in the Ulitimate Fighting Championship IV, at the age of 51 against the undeafeted Champion Joyce Gracie. Grandmaster Ron Van Clief competed in many unlimited matches in Asia to prove his system as the ultimate martial arts concept.

While living in the Caymen Island, he was the Chief Instructor for the Royal Cayman Island Police Department. He was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall Fame and received the Life Time Achievement Award in 1995.
Shidoshi Ron Van Clief gives frequent demostrations, seminars, and lectures throughout the world and serves as technical advisor to the United State Secret Service.

Manual of The Martial Arts
White Belt Guide Book
Green and Purple Belt Guide Book
Black Heroes of The Martial Arts.
Chinese Goju System Videos

Black Dragon's Revenge
Black Dragon Fever
Secret of the Black Dragon
Way of the Black Dragon
The Last Dragon (Choreographed)

Additional information on Ron Van Clief filmography

Close Engagement Tactics (C.E.T.)

Personal Security and Defense Training

Close quarter engagement on the battlefield can sometimes be unavoidable. Today's American soldiers are more versatile and equipped with advanced technology to succeed in ground, air and sea conflicts. Nevertheless, there are situations that require stealth applications to remove sentry's from their post, or self protection that combat an unexpected attack.

Master Felder is a certified Combative instructor for the Armed Forces. Known for his rigorous 40 hour Hand-to-Hand Combat Courses with elite Airborne units, Korean and US soldiers in Korea and various units in Germany, to include training many soldier's on the battlefield, during Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.

Soldiers are trained to fire sophisticated weapons at targets for maximum affect. Training is paramount to acquire skills on the proper use of weapons and to acquire advance levels of markmanship. However, there is another critical area in battle that can not be neglected...close quarter engagment. Close Engagement Tactics are essential in developing a versatile combatant with the essential ability to convert a hostile situation. There's one primary goal for every soldier in battle, and that is to survive and return home. This is a common mind set shared among many of our peace keeper's., such as Policemen, Firemen and Civil Service worker's etc...

In respect to the Armed Forces and civilian peace keeping agencies, Master Felder offer's his three phase C.E.T. training to credible organizations, groups, clubs and personal training.

Close Engagement Tactics Three Phase Curriculum

Phase I: 40 hour C.E.T. training course with a quarterly sustainment training refresher course, to inlcude certification. This is an intense traiing week with vast results.

Phase II: One Day C.E.T. training Seminar that introduces and illustrates the essential tactics for overcoming common assaults.

Phase III: Incremental Training is a 2 hour maximum period of basic C.E.T.

Training Request Procedures

Training is offered to Defense Agencies, Security Agencies and Military Organizations and civil service.

There is a 20 personnel training requirement for an organization.

Training Aids: Organizations are required to procure all or any training aids for the close quarters training, to include specified areas for training. Training aids will include rubber knives, rubber M16 rifles and pugil sticks. Military units can pick up the listed training aids from the TASC office.

Travel: Organizations desiring training must provide transportation, lodging and training expense.

Training Request: All request for training must be via email to The following information must be provided:

Organization Name:

Date of Training:

Number of personnel attending training:

Training location:

Period of training: (Phase I, Phase II, Phase III)

Training type: Close Engagement Tactics

Video CD available of C.E.T. outline upon request.


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