1983 - Hans Läubli
Our Goju-Ryu Karate School has its origin in 1983, when it was founded by Hans Läubli. He was the first sensei (karate master) of our club and taught the Japanese style of Goju-Ryu. At the end of the 80's, however, the school experienced a severe setback. Läubli retired from the martial arts. The karate school was left to its own without a guide and without black belts, which unfortunately caused many members to leave the school.
1989 - Markus Furrer
Half a year later at a crisis meeting, Markus Furrer, a black belt from the Goju-Ryu Club Zurich, agreed to take over and continue the school. He became the second sensei of the Frauenfeld Goju-Ryu Karate School. Through Furrer's acquaintance with Jean Frenette at a training camp, various training seminars with Frenette in Switzerland were made possible and the style of Sankudo was practiced. This martial art was mainly influenced by the styles Shito-Ryu and Goju-Ryu.
Seit 1994 - Antonio Pedicillo
Antonio Pedicillo, is the third sensei in the club's history and has been a member of the Goju-Ryu Karate Club since 1985. The leadership was handed over to him in 1994 by Markus Furrer, when he retired from Frauenfeld
Three years later the first training camp took place, which is still an annual tradition today. The style taught in our club today, the traditional Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate, is practiced since 1997. This new path was taken under the influence of Jean Frenette. In traditional karate, the focus lies on self-defense, in contrast to sports karate.
Until today, our instructors regularly participate in international training seminars. At so-called Gasshukus, clubs from all over Europe come together to benefit from each other in joint training. There are also opportunities to train with the head of the European organization "OGKK" Ryoichi Onaga Sensei during a training weekend in Frauenfeld itself.
Our Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate Club Frauenfeld exists now for more than three decades. It still includes many long-time members as well as many newer members and we are looking forward to every new one.