About Kengokan Dojo

Kengokan is the name of a dojo (school) of karate that is based on the Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karate system developed by Kaiso Kori Hisataka (1907-1988). The Kengokan Dojo is an official branch dojo of Shorinjiryu Koshinkai Karatedo Australia.

Kengokan is a special dojo name conceived by the dojo instructor, Des Paroz, in consultation with his former teacher, Hanshi Masayuki Kukan Hisataka. The name came about during a discussion between them in June 1992, during the time Des was living in Tokyo, Japan.

The name was originally Kengokai, but was changed to "Kengokan" for consistency in naming of dojos within the Shorinjiryu Koshinkai Karatedo Australia organisation. The three characters are "Ken", "Go" and "Kan".

Ken is the Japanese word for fist

Go means strength or magnificence, and also means Australia

Kan means building, and represents the physical location of the dojo (the original suffix of "kai" meant group or association. The Kengokan Dojo is a location within the Shorinjiryu Koshinkai organisation).

Thus Kengokan can mean the Dojo of the Magnificent Fist, or the Dojo of the Australian Fist. Double meanings, like this, are common in naming a dojo.

Kengokan.com is primarily a website for the members of the Kengokan Dojo of Shorinjiryu Koshinkai Karatedo Australia.

It contains training notes and information, and also features information and research regarding the Shorinjiryu Karate system based on the teachings of Kaiso Kori Hisataka. Please enjoy the material, and understand that any errors or omissions are unintentional. Any clarification or questions would be greatly appreciated.