GAMA Goju was founded in 1982 by Charles June and Sammy Barger. GAMA Goju is a derivative of the traditional Okinawan martial art, Goju Ryu Karate-Do. It is an eclectic blend of hand, foot, elbow, and knee techniques and traditional Katas compiled by Kyoshi Charles June and Shihan Samuel Barger. Because of our close ties with the Stroud School of Martial Arts in Kinston, jujitsu has been incorporated into many of our techniques as well. The name GAMA pays homage to the first school at which the art was taught, "The Greenville Academy of Martial Arts". Goju is the art from which our style was derived. It stands for hard (GO) and soft (JU). The techniques that we teach and practice reflect this philosophy. We emphasize practical application of traditional martial arts as a means of personal self defense.
Each year we partner with Stroud's School of Martial Arts to hold a seminar with instructors from all over eastern NC. We rotate between our location at Charles June Karate and Stroud's School of Martial Arts at LCC in Kinston. We have paused our seminar indefinitely due to COVID restrictions, but we do plan to resume our annual seminar once COVID restrictions have been lifted. For more information, or to be on our mailing list, email us.