Warm ups, or jumbi undo, are an essential part of karate. Proper warm ups improve our flexibility, strength and agility, and help reduce injuries. This is just a small snippet to help instructors and students improve their warm ups. Includes exercises to improve your stances, hip flexibility and vibration to improve power.
Nothing beats the wide open dojo floor, but sometimes we have to train where we can until we can get back into the dojo. If you’re stuck at home in lockdown, and/or waiting for your dojo to reopen, we’ve come up with ways to train in a narrow space.
Test your kata, work on your kicks, stretch and strengthen your legs AND improve your kumite, all in a corridor in your home or apartment. If you enjoyed this, please leave a comment and let us know what you think! Every time someone subscribes, a white belt somewhere smiles.
Where did this board breaking thing even come from? Do we hate trees? Find out more about the history, purpose and risks of board/ice/stone/brick/tile breaking. Featuring many historical references, and some questionable stock footage.
Saifa is traditionally the third kata taught in Goju Ryu, and the name translates to “smash and tear”.
Welcome to Saifa 101! This is a step-by-step walkthrough of the kata, explaining the finer points of the kata as taught in our OGKK affiliated dojo. Learn the stepping, hand techniques and subtle detail of this beautiful and deadly kata.
Once you’ve watched this, please check out our Saifa bunkai video to expand your knowledge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGrr3…
Che Jagger, 5th Dan, OGKK
Head instructor and owner,
Goju Ryu Karate Centre
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Zoe Jagger-Hinis, 2nd Dan, OGKK
Assistant instructor, dojo administrator, blogger and karate historian
Can’t get to the dojo during lockdown? Snowed in? Car broke down?Whatever the reason, here are some simple exercises with items you probably have lying around the house. You don’t need expensive equipment to practice karate – just time, space and discipline.
Instructor: Che Jagger 5th Dan, OGKK, Goju Ryu Karate
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Why do we say ‘hitotsu’? Why do dojos have a dojo kun?
A short introduction to the Goju Ryu dojo kun, and what each line entails.
Be humble and polite
Train considering your physical strength
Practice earnestly with creativity
Be calm and swift
Take care of your health
Live a plain life
Do not be too proud or modest
Continue your training with patience
Instructor: Zoe Jagger-Hinis 2nd Dan, Goju Ryu OGKK Gauteng, South Africa
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Three moves, many bunkai – we take some signature moves from Seiyunchin and demonstrate bunkai oyo.
This is one of the twelve kata of Goju Ryu, and is usually used as a grading kata from purple belt onwards, depending on the federation.
Instructor: Che Jagger 5th Dan, OGKK
Uke: Zoe Jagger-Hinis 2nd Dan, OGKK
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Hojo undo is using what you have to supplement your karate. We’ve come up with 12 exercises you can teach and do using a simple towel.
Let us know in the comments what ideas you come up with!
Instructor: Zoe Jagger-Hinis 2nd Dan, OGKK, Goju Ryu
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Filmed during lockdown on FB Live, this is an introduction to the more severe bunkai hidden within Saifa, and recommended for more senior practitioners.
Also filmed with our toddler rampaging in the dojo – karate family life!
Instructor: Ché Jagger 5th Dan, OGKK, Goju Ryu
Dojo: Goju Ryu Karate Centre
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Just because it is the first kata, that doesn’t mean it has boring bunkai.
Three bunkai oyo applications for the first kata in Goju Ryu, including throws! With demonstrations by karate spouses included.
Instructor: Che Jagger, 5th Dan OGKK Goju Ryu
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