Koshinkan Basel



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Goju-ryu Karate

Goju-ryu (剛柔流) is a traditional Okinawan style of karate founded by Chōjun Miyagi (1888–1953). The term Goju-ryu actually means “hard-soft style”, which refers to the closed hand techniques (hard) and open hand techniques and circular movements (soft) that comprise this martial art. Goju-ryu incorporates both circular and linear movements, combining hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent, including locks, grappling, takedowns, and throws. Major emphasis is given to breathing correctly in all of the katas but particularly in the Sanchin and Tensho kata.


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Our trainings take place in our Dojo at Sperrstrasse 44, 4057 Basel (take tram #8 from railway station SBB to Kaserne, then walk approx. 200m), according to the following schedule:

Day Time
Adults (14+)
Monday 18:00 - 20:00
Thursday 18:00 - 20:00
Children (6-13) (from August 15th)
Monday 17:00 - 18:15
Wednesday 17:00 - 18:15
Thursday 17:00 - 18:15

If there is a bank holiday on the training day, check the News section here or our Facebook page for information.

Our Curriculum


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Jozef Chocholacek

4th dan (black belt grade) Goju-ryu karate. Started with karate in 1989 in Zvolen, Slovakia, got his 1st to 3rd dan in Brno, Czech republic, where he also worked as a trainer in the Taro kan karate team, and as Secretary general of the Czech Goju-ryu Karate Federation. Moved to Switzerland in 2012, founded the Koshinkan Basel in 2017 with two other karate enthusiasts. Awarded the 4th dan by Taira Masaji Hanshi in October 2019, and the "Shibu" (an official representative) title in February 2023.

Javier Lillo Camacho

2nd dan Goju-Ryu karate and 5th dan in kobudo. Started with karate in 1988, when he was 5 years old, with Choyu Hentona Hanshi. He began teaching karate classes for kids in 1999, in different schools in Madrid. In 2013 he opened his own dojo Shinubi II in Madrid, teaching classes for all ages. Javier has official qualifications as both karate (Karate Trainer Level 2, by F.M.K., Madrid Karate Federation) and sport Trainer (T.S.E.A.S., literally “Higher Technician in Teaching and Socio-Sport Animation”, by Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid). In August 2024 he moved to Basel, where he joined the Koshinkan Basel dojo.


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The Club

Koshinkan means in Japanese the House of Old and New, i.e. the place, where Old and New meets. And that is exactly what we want to be: a place where the Old, traditional Okinawan karate, meets the New - a modern training approach based on physiology, biomechanics, and HAPV-theory.

We are a small club, established in 2017 by members of the Basel Goju-ryu Meetup after 9 months of regular trainings. We are open for new members from 14 years* of age, both beginners and experienced karate practitioners are welcome. Contact us or just come by for a free probe training.

We are a Shibu-dojo (official representative) of the Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai.

* The limit is not absolutelly strict, but we are not yet ready to accept children. Teaching children requires different training methods, and it would be virtually impossible to combine methods for children with methods for adults. The result would be dissatisfaction for all.




Monthly fees


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+41 78 881 12 08 (Jozef)
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