Goju-Ryu; the hard soft/gentle way.
Although this might sound like an oxymoron, it is a brilliant description of this style of karate:
The hard techniques (Direct strong blocks typically associated with karate) are taught and perfected, and then combined with the soft techniques (typically associated with Akido or Tai Chi) are later incorporated to ensure the karateka (practitioner) is well balanced, with a holistic understanding of a highly diverse and complicated style of martial arts.
Unlike many other disciplines, Goju-Ryu is not specific to a certain type of person or body structure, but rather is a highly adaptable style that allows everyone to incorporate the most effective and applicable style of fighting and individual techniques that suit build strength and body structure. This means that it is a great style for everyone, especially women.
Many different styles represented by similar adaptations of style and technique are incorporated into Goju-Ryu. These include kicks similar to Tai Kwon Do, throws similar to those of Judo, submission grips and weight manipulation like those found in Ju-Jitsu and Akido, and fast simultaneous blocking and counterattacks similar to those found in Kung Fu.
As I'm sure you can see from the above, Goju-Ryu is a very versatile style that will allow a student to excel in their personal preference and specialty once they have achieved their black belt and beyond.
Detailed description of Goju-Ryu. (Wikipedia.org)