Okinawan Hatha Goju Ryu is simply, pure Goju Ryu. Hatha yoga exercises is done as a way of stretching the body and relaxation. This form of Goju Ryu was created by three of Central New York's most famous karate practitioners; Master Frankie Mitchell, Master Oliver Cole, and Master Richard E. Brooks, of the Syracuse Spinning Cobras Karate Association in Syracuse, NY.
Shihan Frankie Mitchell and Master Oliver Cole were former students of Grand Master Frank Van Lenten and Peter Musacchio Sensei of the internationally renowned Central New York Family Fitness Karate school in Syracuse NY. After leaving CNY Karate, Shihan Frankie Mitchell formed the Syracuse Spinning Cobras Karate School of Syracuse, NY at Dunbar Center and at the YMCA.
Okinawan Hatha Goju Ryu is an effective form of Karate. It uses modern day approaches to self-defense and utilizes different types of approaches to urban combat. A Hatha Goju Ryu stylist is able to use anything as a weapon and is capable of handling one-self in any self-defense situation.
While Hatha Goju Ryu uses modern approaches to self-defense, it still maintains its traditional background of Chojun Miyagi's Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do.