The Selection of the Name Rônin®

As founder of the Goju-Ryu based Karate system Named "Rônin Goju-Ryu Kai World Karate Organization®", I felt compelled to conduct extensive research on the true meaning of the word "RÔNIN". The term "Rônin" was given to most "Samurai" Warriors (the word Samurai can be translated as Retainer or a form of Warrior Servant) of the "Bushi" class, who did not serve a particular master, because the latter was dead, or because his land had been confiscated, or embraced a religion or way of life that do not require the services of these personal guards or soldiers. Copyrights Reserved®

Some of these Rônin became martial arts instructors (Sensei), bodyguards (Yoyimbo), protectors of villages (Damyo), etc. Many Martial Arts Schools (Ryu) were created by a Ronin. Musashi Miyamoto (1584-1645) was the most famous of them all. During 1701-1703 the famous forty-seven (47) Rônin in the service of Asano, Lord of Ako, waited for approximately two (2) years for the opportunity to avenge the death of their lord/master, who was obliged to commit seppuku/suicide by orders of Shogun Tokugawa after an incident between lords Asano and Kira. But 47 of Asano’s most faithful Samurai, now Rônin, resolved to avenge his death on Kira. On December 14th, 1703, after avenging his death, all 47 Ronin surrender themselves to the authorities and committed seppuku on the orders of the Shogun in front of Asano’s tomb, on February 4th, 1703. The people acclaimed them as heroes and became "…the symbol of courage, honor and loyalty" As a martial artist I always value these three virtues of Courage, Honor and Loyalty as shown by these Faithful Warriors. This is why I selected Rônin® as the name of our Brotherhood, the Rônin Brotherhood®, home of Rônin Goju Ryu Kai World Karate Organization®, International Rônin Martial Arts Federation®, Rônin Police Defensive Tactics Instructor Association® and of course "Team Rônin®".

Hanshi Carlos H. Montalvo 9° – Rônin Kaicho/9-1-2001

Goju Ryu Karate-Do: A Lineage of Tradition And Excellence

Goju (Go "Hard" & Ju "Soft") Ryu Karate is a traditional Martial Art with a very well defined history, and lineage of succession traceable to the roots of the predecessor (Kanryo Higashionna) of its founder Chojun Miyagi to this date. Yamaguchi Gogen Sensei was the personal disciple (Deshi) of Miyagi O’Sensei, he initiated and trained Master Peter Urban into the path of Budo as its conceived through the eyes of Goju Karate. This uncontaminated line of succession allows for a pure transmission of knowledge in a fashion that establishes a direct connection to the ancient wisdom of the battlefields of yesterday in Okinawa and Japan to today’s modern warriors. Copyrights Reserved®

Goju-Ryu Karate remains and effective and powerful fighting method today. The original concept of Goju Ryu Karate was to create a powerful combat system that developed strong fighters, on their hands and on their souls.

Rônin Goju Ryu Kai maintains a clear commitment to the preservation of the tradition of the Goju Karate created by Miyagi O’Sensei, but incorporates fighting methods and self defense techniques that are in tune with the critical and violent demands of today’s street survival.

Katas, Ibuki, Tai-Sabaki, Taiso, Kata-Kihon, preserves the old Secrets of empty-hand combat and Fitness encompassed in an elegant Style of rich Martial Tradition…


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