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: 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 Ichi Bunkai

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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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: Kakie and Shisochin Kata

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.

We pick out just 3 moves from this graceful, but deadly kata, and show how you can use kakie to effectively implement the bunkai hidden just under the surface of the kata.

Instructor: Che Jagger 5th Dan, OGKK
Filmed at Goju Ryu Karate Centre, Florida, Johannesburg.

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