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Saifa Kata

Master Morio Higaonna Sensei shows key details of the Saifa Kata and Bunkai [fbvideo link=”” width=”500″ height=”400″ onlyvideo=”1″]

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Sanchin: The Jewel of Goju-ryu

Sanchin: The Jewel of Goju-ryu

This article taken from the International Okinawan Goju-ryu website. Some say the meaning of sanchin (“three battles”) relates to the three journeys of life: Developing body, mind and spirit. Through proper martial arts training, one properly learns to develop her or his body through exercise and practise of kata/forms. Later, one begins to understand the true […]

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2015 North West Regional Gasshuku

    Myself and a couple of WTF Students were privileged to attend the 2015 IOGKF Regional Gasshuku held in Lewiston, Idaho. Over the weekend Sensei Mirko Buchwald (5th Dan) lead sessions on Basic Training, Kakia Bunkia, Kumite Drills and Concepts. Sensei Brent Hartwig (6th Dan) led a session on Knife Defense. Sensei Andy Franz […]

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Kenpo Hakku

Thought to contain the 8 basic concepts of Goju Ryu: Jinshin wa tenchi ni onaji – The mind is one with heaven and earth Ketsumyaku wa nichigetsu ni nitari – The circulatory rhythm of the body is similar to the cycle of the sun and the moon Ho wa goju wo tondo su – The […]

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Randori No Waza (Bunkai)

Randori (乱取り) is a term used in Japanese martial arts to describe free-style practice. The term literally means “chaos taking” or “grasping freedom,” implying a freedom from the structured practice of kata. Randori may be contrasted with kata, as two potentially complementary types of training. Although in karate the word kumite is usually reserved for […]

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This content is from The art of Naha-te, founded by Kanryo Higaonna Sensei, forms the basis of Goju Ryu Karate. Kanryo Higaonna Sensei was born in 1853 and was part of the lower gentry. He longed to study in China the art of Chinese Kempo, however, was lacking in financial means until he was […]

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nigiri game

Nigiri-game (Holding jars)

Holding the nigiri-game helps you develop a firm grip. Lifting the nigiri-game towards the front and sides strengthens your shoulders and wrists. Lifting the nigiri-game towards the back helps develop your forearm muscles and improve your posture.Extend your toes and maintain your soles and toes firmly in contact with the floor as if they were […]

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Modern Canvas Makiwara

Makiwara (Striking board)

Makiwara (Striking board / Hitting post) In Okinawa it was common for the machiwara (as it is called on the island) to be used by males who were not even martial artists. Miyazato Eiichi Sensei relayed stories about his uncle who was well known in Naha as a strong fighter. Although he did not practice […]

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