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: 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.

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: 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

Uke: Zoe Jagger-Hinis 2nd Dan, OGKK
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Video: Saifa Bunkai

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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Video: Geki Sai Dai Ni Bunkai

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.

Featuring: slides from Bubishi! A toddler performing a Naruto run! A husband and wife doing karate!

Instructor: Che Jagger, 5th Dan Goju Ryu
Filmed at Goju Ryu Karate Centre

Video: Goju Ryu Basics for Beginners

Want to learn karate? Don’t know where to start? This video introduces you to the very basics of Goju Ryu, the building blocks upon which everything is built.

Learn how to punch, block and step, as well as understand why seemingly complicated moves help you learn excellent basics. With Japanese terms explained and clear explanations, this is the ideal starting point for anyone interested in karate, Goju Ryu, and fighting basics.

Instructor: Che Jagger

5th Dan, OGKK, Goju Ryu

Instructor since 1999

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I Fight Like a Girl

Perhaps it is a bit late in coming, but we are seeing a wonderful new trend in girl-positive advertising, where the women are not the punchline, but the ideal. The Always #LikeAGirl campaign (it hurts me to type out hashtags) is now on 56 million views on Youtube:

With it’s gorgeous and inspiring sequel, Stronger Together:


There is the excellent Everlast campaign: Don’t Call Me a Female Boxer:

And my personal favourite, This Girl Can:

Let us not forget this incredible Beats by Dre ad featuring Serena Williams and her physical prowress:

I may be a lone voice in this, but I really want to bring this rallying cry into the martial arts, and especially in karate. I hate hearing ‘you punch like a girl’ being leveled at boys, that anything feminine is inherently weaker. It is one of the reasons why we see such an attrition of young female budo-ka. There are reasons why they don’t stay, so many reasons, and key amongst them is this bullshit idea that girls kick/punch/fight badly because they are girls, not because they need better training.

I, like many other women, am sometimes vulnerable to crippling period pain. To bloating and headaches and general physical shittiness. Have I EVER missed a class in 9 years because of it? No, of course not. The idea that I am weaker because I have two X chromosomes is as insulting as it is facile. Sure, I can’t do a pull-up, or lift more than 30kgs, but isn’t it a little bit narrow to define strength as a purely physical act? What about grace, and speed, and technique? What about dedication, and kindness, and patience? What about kata that is technical perfection? Like here:

And here:

In our dojos, in our classrooms and homes, stop using ‘like a girl’ as an insult. It is not a statement of weakness. Let it be a statement of elegance and dedication and strength. It will take time to change the perception, but in the martial arts we desperately need to cut out the macho culture and celebrate the girls who do stay, who are brave and fight hard and train hard. Using them as a punchline goes against the spirit of martial arts.

I fight like a girl. I train like a girl, I teach like a girl, and I am proud to bring all of my skills to my dojo like a girl.

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