Without philosophy, Martial Arts would be little more than street fighting. At Goju Karate Australia we teach and emphasise a series of basic life skills that challenge our students throughout not only their Martial Arts training, but also their everyday lives. Junior students are taught to be respectful and polite toward their parents, siblings, teachers, elders and to those less fortunate than themselves. They are also taught the importance of education, and doing their best in school. Our teenage and young adult students are taught to set achievable goals and that hard work does have its rewards. Through Karate, they become more confident and develop an attitude of self-reliance. This increase in confidence enables them to better cope with issues of peer pressure to be leaders rather than followers and helps them make correct choices.