Goju Karate goes back nearly a century and has its origins in Okinawa, an island under the control of Japan. Its founder is Master Chojun Miyago. "Goju" translates literally as "hard-soft," and its uniqueness is derived from the combination of the "hard" styles of Okinawan Karate and the "soft" styles of Chinese Kung Fu.
In 1959, Goju Karate was brought to the United States by Master Peter Urban. It was further developed by Master Ronald Taganashi to form the style we study today: Kon-Do Goju-Ryu Karate. Master Taganashi held black belts in several martial arts in addition to karate, including Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Aikido, Kempo, and Kung Fu. As a result, Kon-Do Goju-Ryu Karate incorporates elements of all of these styles.