Roger Boggs - Owner of Goshin Karate & Judo Academy was Inducted into the United State Martial Arts Hall of Fame Saturday Night, August 2, 2008 in Nashville TN.
I first started training when I was a boy growing up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In the 1970's when I was 12 years old. I started with Wresting. I was inspired by a man named Dan Gable (Gable compiled an unbelievable record of 182-1, during his prep and college careers).At age 14, I started to train with Black Belts from Jung's Tae Kwon Do Academy a satellite school that they ran in the basement of the Salvation Army on the northwest side of town also in Cedar Rapids Iowa.
These Black Belts were Tournament Fighters/ Kick Boxing Champions that traveled the Midwest.I stopped training when I went to college, got married and relocated to Scottsdale Arizona in 1986.
Life was good until my 13 year old son started to fight in school. So I went to the closest Karate School and signed us both up. This was the fall of 1994. I was fortunate to find Goshin Karate & Judo Academy, Their primary focus was on Self-Defense (Goshin in Japanese means Self Defense) ground fighting and Bunkai's which I later found out was the interpretation of Kata's (Neither of which I was taught from the Tae Kwon Do black belts.)
I excelled quickly in both Karate & Judo. The prior experience from my childhood came back quickly - It's was like riding a bicycle. The Anderson's (Mike & Cathy) allowed me to help teach in the beginner's classes when I was a blue belt and turned over the Saturday morning classes to me when I was a purple belt and completed the Instructors training program.
I obtain the rank of Shodan on December 9th 2000. Mr. Anderson became ill in 2004 and before his passing, asked me if I was interested in purchasing the school and continuing the traditions. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to continue on the "Goshin Way" so in 2006, I became the owner and Chief Instructor at Goshin Karate & Judo Academy in Scottsdale Arizona.I now chart the path for the dojo future.
I have been blessed with the current student population of 243 students, which we have maintained through the transition. I now set the curriculum for all classes, determines belt promotions and lead the adult and children's classes.
My passion is for all things Martial Arts. This is what powers my daily training ethic and allows me to continue to grow as a martial artist through guidance from many sources in the Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Self-Defense, Tai Chi, and the Martial Arts community.
What is the philosophy of Goshin Karate & Judo Academy?
Our main goal is to enhance self-esteem. We achieve this through building self-confidence, character, leadership skills, and by developing a sense of respect for others, in addition to teaching incredibly effective self defense skills. Parents, family members, and teachers frequently speak of the beneficial effects that Goshin has had in performance, self-esteem, and general attitude.
"The ultimate goal of the Art of Karate is not in victory or defeat, but rather in the perfection of the character of its participants",Gichin Funakoshi, Father of Modern Karate
Without philosophy, Martial Arts would be little more than street fighting. At Goshin we teach and emphasize a series of basic life skills that challenge our students throughout not only their Martial Arts training but also their everyday lives.
Our Tiny Tiger (age 3-5) and Youth Class (age 6-11) students are taught to be respectful and polite towards their parents, siblings, teachers and elders. They are also taught the importance of learning and doing their best in school.
Our Teenage and Adult Students are taught to set achievable goals and that hard work does have its rewards.
Through the Martial Arts they become more confident and develop an attitude of self-reliance. This increase in confidence enables them to better cope with issues of peer pressure and helps them make correct choices.
Mr. Boggs - Sensei
Goshin Karate & Judo Academy
6245 E. Bell Road #120
Scottsdale, AZ. 85254