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Goju Karate Center

Founded in 1992, with locations in Carlsbad & Fairbanks Ranch, California.

We have been teaching quality traditional martial arts to residents of Carlsbad and North County at our full time center since 1992. Literally thousands of Carlsbad and North County residents have benefited from our programs over the years. We have been approved to teach within the Carlsbad and Oceanside school districts.


The main dojo (studio) is located in Carlsbad Village, a stone’s throw from the beach. We have a satellite dojo in Rancho Santa Fe Fairbanks Ranch for Children. We have also taught karate enrichment programs for the Carlsbad Educational Foundation, at Jefferson Elementary school.

Our Philosophy

Without philosophy, Martial Arts would be little more than street fighting. At Goju Karate Center we teach and emphasize a series of life skills that challenge our students throughout, not only in their Martial Arts training, but also in their everyday lives. Junior students are taught to be respectful and polite toward their parents, siblings, teachers and elders. They are also taught the importance of education and doing their best in school. Our teenage and young adult students are taught to set achievable goals and that hard work does have its rewards. Through the Martial Arts they become more confident and develop an attitude of self-reliance. This increase in confidence enables them to better cope with issues of peer pressure and helps them make correct choices.

“The ultimate goal of the art of karate is not in victory or defeat, but rather in the perfection of the character of its participants.”

-Gichin Funakoshi