Video: Geki Sai Dai Ichi in a Straight Line

Does what it says on the tin – how to do Geki Sai Dai Ichi in a straight line! This training tool teaches bunkai, distancing (maai), sticking close to a partner (muchimi) and fighting spirit when practiced at full speed.

We also briefly discuss ude tanden (conditioning). It is also a helpful tool for introducing beginners to fighting, and working up to randori. Learn the kata sequence, the attacker’s sequence, and the pros and cons of doing this particular exercise. Great when paired with our video on corridor karate!

Video: Shuhari in Goju Ryu Karate

1 move, 8 applications – arm bar, scarf choke, strikes, blocks: all of these moves are hidden in a simple age uke (rising block). Sensei Jagger explores all these composite movements hidden in plain sight within this simple block.

Karate is never boring, especially when you know what can be found with just a little digging and knowledge. We use this basic block to explain the concept of Shuhari, or mastery.

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Video: Intro to Geki Sai Dai Ni

Following our Geki Sai Dai Ichi video, we get stuck into the details of Geki Sai Dai Ni, working on stances, hands, posture and technical differences between Goju schools.

Ideal for beginners who want to better understand the kata, as well as seniors looking to add polish to their kata. Instructors will find handy teaching tips, especially when teaching the kata to children.

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Intro to Geki Sai Dai Ni Kata

Whether you’re just beginning your karate journey, or are grading for a black belt, traditional Geki Sai Dai Ichi is the foundational kata upon which all Goju Ryu kata are built. Improving your Geki Sai Dai Ichi improves all of your kata, and we hope this instructional video will help you polish and improve your Goju Ryu.

Covering stances, blocks, punches, kicks, strikes, transitions and more, this will deepen your understanding of the mechanics of Geki Sai Dai Ichi.

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Video: Sanchin Kata Sequence, Detail and Breathing

Sanchin kata is famous for the demands it makes on the body, as well as its ability to help karate practitioners develop better lung capacity. In this step-by-step video, we go over the sequence of the kata, break down some of the moves and common technical issues, look at the correct and safest way to do the kata, and build on the anatomy discussion from our previous video.

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Video: The Anatomy of Sanchin Kata

Using decades of insight, as well as his anatomy studies at Wits University, Che Jagger breaks down the anatomical aspects of Sanchin kata, looking at everything from toe placement to shoulder height. An easy to follow, detailed and fascinating look at how Sanchin kata should be performed for long-term joint safety and strengthening, as well as building leg strength and improving lung capacity.

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GRKC Dojo Renovation and Makeover 2020

It started with a great idea, a good buy on Facebook marketplace, became an obsession, and finally, a reality. This is the story of how we as a karate couple decided to turn our lives upside down and inside out to pursue our dream of a beautiful dojo. During a pandemic. During one of the strictest lockdowns in the world. With loadshedding. 7 weeks later, 7,000 blocks laid down, and 20km worth of walking with sanding machines, we made it. We pulled off a dojo renovation like no other, and had time to makeover other areas as well. Enjoy our suffering, and revel in the reveal with us! As always, thanks to our dojo family, who made this all possible with your support. This is for you.

Video: Seiyunchin Part 3

Some tips and finer detail to follow on from the previous two videos, with some help from a particular South African snake to illustrate some of the finer points of Seiyunchin kata. We look at common mistakes in the kata, the different types of breathing, as well as improving hip vibration and hand placement.

Video: Seiyunchin Part 1

Open hands, low stances, no kicks and lots of beautiful, nuanced hand techniques: it can only be Seiyunchin! Continuing our kata lessons, this is the first part of our Seiyunchin series, and is a detailed introduction to the kata in all of its glorious technicalities and hidden gems. Perfect for those new to the kata, and helpful to those looking to add polish.