Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Association Singapore can be traced back to 1968 when our first chief instructor, H.Maekawa Sensei, introduced Goju-Ryu karate in Singapore and conducted classes at Chinese YMCA at Palmer Road. Over the years, Goju-Ryu karate continues to proliferate in Singapore and many excellent members have emerged from years of disciplined practice and promoted the ways of Goju-Ryu. These members represented their Goju-Ryu clubs and also Singapore to compete in national, regional and international karate-do tournaments and competitions.


Group photo - 5 Apr 2018


Goju-ryu Karate was introduced in Singapore and classes were conducted at Chinese YMCA in Palmer Road with Sensei H.Maekawa as the first Chief Instructor. Under Sensei H.Maekawa’s instructorship, Singapore national team obtained 1st Runner–up in the Asian Pacific Karate Championship in 1973.

Sensei Horiuchi took over from Sensei H.Maekawa, who returned to Japan. Sensei Horiuchi was credited for training senior black belters to eventually take over from him and upgrading the competition standard to international level.

Organised the first Goju-Kai Karatedo International Tournament outside Japan, and is a registered affiliate of All Japan Karatedo Federation Goju-Kai.

The Metropolitan YMCA decided to phase out Martial Arts in all its programmes. Regrettably, the practitioners were forced to look for greener pastures. This led to the formation of Singapore Scout Goju-Ryu Karatedo Club, in partnership with the Singapore Scout Association.

The Singapore Scout Goju-Ryu Karatedo Club was dissolved. This led to the formation of Zenshinren Goju-Ryu Association.

The new Goju-Ryu Karatedo Club was established and Sensei Ng Meng Seah took over as Chief Instructor.

Karatedo Goju-Ryu Club is renamed Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Association Singapore (GRKAS) with Sensei Sanny Yap took over as Chief Instructor.