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 Kata Part 2

The sequel everyone expected to our video on Seiyunchin kata! The fourth Goju Ryu kata, with detail to help an advanced practitioner, and step by step basics for those new to this beautiful kata. The second half of the kata, in detail. First half, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kklki…

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.

Video: Warm ups and Exercises for Goju Ryu

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.

Video: Corridor Karate and how to train in small spaces


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.

Intro to Saifa Kata

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…

Instructor:
Che Jagger, 5th Dan, OGKK
Head instructor and owner,
Goju Ryu Karate Centre

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Zoe Jagger-Hinis, 2nd Dan, OGKK
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Video: Karate Home Training

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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Video: What the Goju Ryu Dojo Kun Means

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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Video: Goju Ryu Seiyunchin Bunkai

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

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