Goju-Ryu Karate is one of the four original Okinawan styles of
Karate, and was founded by Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953). Sensei Miyagi
had spent years in China training with the Chinese masters of White
Crane style Kung Fu before returning to Okinawa to formulate what is
now known as Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate Do.
Shotokan Karate is one of the four main
schools of Karate in Japan. It is best characterised by its long and
deep stances and its use of more linear movements.
Wado-Ryu Karate was developed by Otsuka Hironori and is one of the
four main styles of Japanese karate. Hironori used his knowledge of
Shotokan Karate, Jujutsu, grappling and Tai Sabaki (Body
Movement) to form his own style.
Shito-Ryu Karate was developed by Kenwa Mabuni (1890-1954), an
Okinawan karate master who studied both the styles of Naha-Te (which
developed into Gojuryu Karate) and Shuri-Te (which developed into
Kenpo Karateis a complete fighting system that is particularly
popular in the United States. Kenpo places equal emphasis on the use
of hands and feet and uses similar fighting techniques to other
Okinawan fighting styles.