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.
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.
Kakie, the pushing hands technique, is often neglected, or used too simply as just a conditioning exercise. We chip a little off the bunkai iceberg by showing how kakie can be used to tease the bunkai out of Shisochin, a senior kata specific to Goju Ryu, and brought back from mainland China by Kanryo Higashionna Sensei.