Shinto Dojo

Shinto Dojo is a karate dojo founded by Rowan Carstens in 2020. Shinto Dojo is affiliated to Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate Namibia, a traditional Okinawan style of karate practised all over the world. Shinto Dojo is located at the Outfit Namibia Gym, surrounded by nature and panoramic views of the Windhoek mountains. It’s a tranquil space designed to learn the art of karate in the desert.


Gōjū-ryū (剛柔流), Japanese for “hard-soft style”, is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of karate, featuring a combination of hard and soft techniques. Both principles, hard and soft, come from the famous martial arts book used by Okinawan masters during the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bubishi.

Miyagi believed that “the ultimate aim of karate-do was to build character, conquer human misery, and find spiritual freedom”.

Miyagi chose the name Goju-ryu (“go” meaning “hard” and “ju” meaning “soft”), to emphasize that his style integrated both “hard” and “soft” styles. Goju applies not just to karate, but to life in general; only hardness or only softness will not enable one “to deal effectively with the fluctuations of life”. When blocking, “the body is soft and inhaling”; when striking, the body is “hard and exhaling”.


Goju-Ryu Karate is practical, real-world self-defense with a strong emphasis on a value system that is based on courtesy, honesty, integrity, loyalty, discipline and respect.


Goju-Ryu Karate classes at Shinto Dojo are open to both children (ages 5+) and adults :

+ Children’s Beginner Classes – Mondays & Wednesdays 17:30 – 18:45

+ Children’s Intermediate Classes – Tuesdays & Thursdays 15:00 – 16:00

+ Adult Beginner’s Classes – Tuesdays & Thursdays 18:00-19:00

+ Adult Advanced Classes – Tuesdays & Thursdays 18:00 -19:30

Children Classes cost N$ 450 and Adult Classes cost N$ 520 monthly or an annual rate of N$ 4,860 (Children only)


Dr Marcus Garvey Street, Ludwisgdorf, Windhoek Namibia – Click for Google Maps Location

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