About Us

What is Goju Ryu Karate Do?

Karate Do means "the way of the empty hand. " Goju Ryu means "hard soft style." The history of Goju Ryu Karate goes back at least a thousand years. It began in China and was passed on to Okinawa by way of the great Master Kanryo Higaonna.

Today this venerable tradition continues to thrive. It is taught throughout the world by members of leading karate organizations. These include the Martial Arts Leadership Association (M.A.L.A.) organized, on the West Coast,  by leading Goju Ryu karate practitioners, Senseis Mel Pralgo, Miko Peled, and Robert Ellis to further the study of traditional Goju Ryu karate do, and others like Sensei Morio Higaonna's International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Federation ( I.O.G.K.F. ).

Shihan Mel Pralgo

In July of 1993, Sensei Pralgo established the Conejo Family Karate school of Martial Arts  in Thousand Oaks, California. Earlier, he was a successful trainer of martial arts to the NYPD in New York City, NY. Sensei Mel is a 6th degree black belt, awarded in Okinawa by his teacher, Sensei Morio Higaonna. Sensei Pralgo, a certificated California public school teacher,  who has taught for the past thirteen years at Newbury Park High School, has a wealth of experience instructing both adults and young people of all ages in this exciting form of traditional martial arts.

Come join us for a free trial class and see why, for the past 19 years, Conejo Family Karate has built a reputation as Conejo Valley's family place to study Martial Arts. We offer classes at convenient times, for both children and adults, throughout the week and on Saturday mornings. Whether you are a beginner or a serious martial arts practitioner, Sensei Mel has a class that's just right for you!

Class Hours:

    Monday             7:15 - 8:30 PM
    Thursday           7:15- 8:30 PM
    Saturday            by announcement

If you have questions or would like to join our karate family, please call the number below or click the email link below and we will respond ASAP!

Please ask for your free introductory class taught by a black belt instructor!

(805) 341-9265

    EMAIL:[email protected]



We love Sensei Pralgo. His patience and enthusiasm have helped our son achieve a new level of confidence and disciple. Thanks
- Lisa K.

Sensei Mel is extremely knowledgeable about karate and exhibits people skills that are unsurpassed. He creates a learning environment that keeps everyone motivated while still having fun. My daughter looks forward to every session. She has learned how to make a commitment to karate, and the importance of discipline.
- Mark K.

My whole family takes karate at Conejo Family Karate. We love it because the atmosphere is both friendly and serious. My 4-year-old is learning self-defense, my husband is keeping in great shape, while my 8-year-old is learning self-confidence. Sensei Mel is a pleasure to learn from!
- Jake and Kathleen H.

My child was struggling in school. His motivation was gone and he resisted going to school every morning. He was becoming depressed and his teacher had no idea how to deal with the situation. After attending Conejo Family Karate for three months, my son is now exhibiting self-discipline, motivation, and a renewed sense of self-esteem. His behavior and grades have improved significantly.
- Bill J.

Conejo Family Karate has helped me become physically fit for the first time in my life. I was having health problems until starting at Conejo Family Karate I am now healthy, fit, and on my way to a brown belt. Thanks for everything!
- Mary K.

Sensei Mel Pralgo has a wonderful rapport with children, and utilizes humor and gentle discipline to achieve the lesson objectives. I feel pleased that my boys are learning the valuable life lessons of respect, courage, and perseverance while enjoying a healthy work out. I would encourage any parent to enroll their children in the Junior Karate program at Conejo Family Karate.
 - Chris B.

 The women's self-defense class was one of the best things I have ever done. I have more confidence, better posture, and feel more secure than ever. The class relieves stress and builds my strength. I highly recommend it to everyone!
- Megan W.

Website Builder