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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Filmed during lockdown on FB Live, this is an introduction to the more severe bunkai hidden within Saifa, and recommended for more senior practitioners.
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.
Take-downs, chokes and grabs – all hidden (in plain sight!) in Geki Sai Dai Ni.
This kata is often overlooked due to its status as a beginner kata, but for the curious practitioner, Geki Sai Dai Ni holds many fascinating bunkai.