I welcome you into the Goju-Ryu Karate Dojo, as my Sensei (teacher) welcomed me, to your first steps and movements in the wonderful world of Goju-Ryu Karate. To some, Karate is combat. To others, it is primary for show. Still others approach it as religion, a teaching device, a way to physical fitness, a sport, and a self-defense system or from one of a dozen other possible points of view. However you choose to define it, the art of karate has many dimensions: it is at once mental and physical, artistic and grotesque, practical (self-defense) and non-practical (sport), violent and graceful, abstract and concrete, and scientific and animistic. Goju-Ryu Karate is subjective and necessarily incomplete. Karate is constantly in flux. No single man or women can comprehend the entirety of karate.