Okinawan Goju-Ryu

Chief Instructor: Sensei Robert Young


Sensei Robert Young has been practicing martial arts for over 44 years, and has produced many present and past world champions. He has taught many state, national and international champions but his focus has always been to preserve the traditional teachings of Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Do. His advice is sought by many yet he still considers himself a student. He believes that all practitioners of karate should always remember that no matter what the style, it should be considered a journey and not a destination. For his personal growth he finds it incomparable to go to Okinawa, the birth place of all karate. It is there where all the most senior masters serve as an inspiration to all by their dedication to daily training, regardless of age. It is only through this never ending dedication to training that one will find the true essence of karate-do.

Sensei Robert Young


Chief Instructor: Melanie Rinaldi


Instructor Melanie was a member of the Canadian Olympic diving team. She is a certified Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonics instructor. Gyrokinesis excersises are designed to work the entire body through spinal movement and joint articulation. Based on the body's natural ability to move forward and backward and side to side, the movements are designed to be rhythmic and fluid. Rather than specific postures or stances being held for long periods of time, Gyrokinesis excerxises are smoothly intergrated, seeming more like dance than traditional yoga. Natural breathing patterns are also incorporated into Gyrokinesis excerises.

Melanie Rinaldi