GKK Insignia

by Rich Stamper, from GKK Newsletter of May, 1983

The Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai insignia represents the back of a fist as seen when executing furi-uchi.  This is appropriate because furi-uchi is a hard move (typical of Okinawan karate) that travels a circular path (typical of Chinese Pakua).  The blend of Okinawan Shorei-Ryu and Chinese Pakua is fundamental to the roots of Goju-Ryu.

The fist itself shows the force or hard aspect (go) of Goju and the waves that contain and radiate the force exhibit the soft (ju) aspect.

by Rich Stamper, from GKK Newsletter of May, 1983

GKK LogoThe Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai insignia represents the back of a fist as seen when executing furi-uchi.  This is appropriate because furi-uchi is a hard move (typical of Okinawan karate) that travels a circular path (typical of Chinese Pakua).  The blend of Okinawan Shorei-Ryu and Chinese Pakua is fundamental to the roots of Goju-Ryu.

The fist itself shows the force or hard aspect (go) of Goju and the waves that contain and radiate the force exhibit the soft (ju) aspect.

The black waves represent the basic levels of expertise.  The first is a coarse line which represents white belt level.  Next is a finer line representing green belt, followed by a still finer and more graceful line signifying brown belt and, last, the refined, supple line representing practitioner.

The fist area can also be interpreted to be an island and the waves to be ocean waves, representing the Island Nation or original source of the training.

The colors of red, white and black are significant in that the white represents purity of spirit, black represents black belt and red is often associated with Japan.  Further, white belt indicates beginner, black belt indicates practitioner and red belt indicates master; the chain of progression.

Upon contemplation even more of the story of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do can be found in our insignia, but these items are most obvious.

Note:  Our insignia was designed by Mr. Bob Engle.