Go Kan Ryu, the rape of Karate
Go Kan Ryu was founded in 1984, in South Australia, by Robert Sullivan. He was, at the time, a 2nd Dan in Goju. He is now a 7th Dan Kancho and making an awful lot of money.
Go Kan Ryu is big and growing fast. It's primary presence is Aus and UK, but the incursion into the US has begun. It is famous for it's high pressure door to door sales tactics, it's pyramid shaped management structure and it's use of low grades as branch instructors. Intructors who are ranked below 1st Dan wear a black and white belt to conceal their true rank.
Information on grading requirements can be found here:
but don't let those steep requirements stop you, they also have a direct entry instructor training program. No prior experience required:
GKR focuses on non-contact point fighting and 'self-defense'. One online sensei has argued against full contact training asking 'Which would you prefer, to get beaten up a thousand times in training, or once in the street?'
Oh, yes, one more reason they're famous, Gokan means rape in Japanese.
Visit the official GKR website here:
or visit the forums here:
registering is required, but I haven't told them you're coming.