Sensei Paul Enfield began studying the martial arts in Oxford, England in 1979. He obtained his black belt in 1984 and shortly afterwards journeyed to Okinawa, the birthplace of karate, to study karate full-time. He remained in Okinawa and Japan for three years and became uchi-deshi (live in student). While in Asia he traveled to Korea, Taiwan and China to further his research into the martial arts. At the end of 1987 he came to the United States where he has taught karate ever since. Sensei Enfield has translated three martial arts books from Japanese to English, and has written numerous martial arts related articles that have been published in the United States and the United Kingdom. Although Goju-ryu karate is Sensei Enfield’s main area of study he has also studied Tai Chi Chuan, Lau Gar Gung Fu, and Brazilian Jiujitsu (jujutsu). Ten Years after leaving Japan, in December 1997, Sensei Enfield returned to Okinawa to study Goju-ryukarate under World Headmaster for the style, Miyazato Eiichi Hanshi, at this time Goju karate Center was appointed the rare honor of San Diego area shibu dojo (branch school) for the Okinawa Goju RyuKarate-do Association. Sensei Enfield is a seventh degree black belt and head instructor at the Goju Karate Center.
Sensei Michelle Enfield began her study of martial arts in Krav Maga and then continued on to Goju. She obtained her black belt in Goju in 2004. She has trained in Okinawa and all over the world to expand her knowledge and understanding of Martial Arts. Her infectious energy and attitude infuse students with personal power to inspire them to achieve the highest levels of physical achievement and mental mastery. Sensei Michelle is an active committee member at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and a member of Soroptimist International. She is a certified trauma counselor and advocate against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault She is a former preschool owner/teacher, with a certification in Early Childhood Education. A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Michelle also has served as a Special Olympics coach, fundraising coordinator and certified fitness instructor. When not at the dojo, she enjoys giving back to the community by coordinating educational talks, Advocating for Sexual Assault victims and interactive demonstrations at local schools in addition to working with community organizations and non-profits on karate demonstrations and corporate team building as well as self-empowerment and self-defense seminars. Sensei Michelle currently holds the rank of fourth degree black belt and is owner and primary instructor at Goju Karate Center. Sensei Michelle’s Story