Training in Ketsugo Goju-Ryu

Kata

Kata are sequences of offensive, defensive and transitional movements that are linked together to illustrate specific self-defense techniques and sometimes hidden moves. The core Goju-Ryu kata (koryu) were either brought over from China by Master Higashionna or created by Master Miyagi (Gekisai Ichi, Gekisai Ni, & Tensho). Shodai Jay Trombley created Kihon Ichi, Gekisai San, Genshin, Juhito, Isshoni San, Hente Do, Dobutsu San, Bushido Rei, & Yoryoku Do while Hanshi Robert Oliver created Hon'no Geki. 


    1. Kihon Ichi (Basic One)
    2. Gekisai Ichi (Attack and Smash One)
    3. Gekisai Ni (Attack and Smash Two)
    4. Gekisai San (Attack and Smash Three)
    5. Hon'no Geki (Instinctive Attack)
    6. Saifa (Destroy Defeat)
    7. Genshin (Anticipate an Attack)
    8. Tensho (Turning Palm)
    9. Juhito (Ten Humans)
    10. Isshoni San (Together Three)
    11. Seiunchin (Seiyunchin) (Calmness Conquer)
    12. Sanchin (Three Battles: Body, Mind and Spirit)
    13. Hente Do (Way of the Changing Hands)
    14. Dobutsu San (Way of the Three Animals)
    15. Bushido Rei (Way of the Warrior's Bow)
    16. Yoryoku Do (Strong or Powerful Way)
    17. Shisochin (Four Direction Battle)
    18. Sepai (#18)
    19. Sesan (#13)
    20. Sanseiru (#36)
    21. Kururunfa (#17)
    22. Suparinpei (Pechurin) (#108)

Conditioning

Karate skills have to be learned, practiced and conditioned to the point of automatic response. In Ketsugo Goju-Ryu we employ many routines and training methods to help condition the student's body, mind and spirit.


  • Stretching Routines (beginning, intermediate and advanced - Daruma Taiso)
  • Beginning Punching & Kicking Routines
  • Intermediate Kicking Routine
  • Advanced Punching and Kicking Routine
  • Heavy Bag Training
  • Focus Pad Training
  • Makiwara

Bunkai

Bunkai is the application of technique. In Kata Kumite, two students perform pre-determined sequences to bridge the middle area between kata and actual fighting. They allow the student to apply and understand the fighting techniques of the kata against an opponent. In Kiso Kumite, students train with a partner and focus on pre-arranged counter techniques. The counters include many of the kata bunkai techniques such as strikes, throws, take-downs, and joint manipulation.


The Bunkai punching routine has students paired up going through moving punching and blocking techniques, emphasizing strength, timing, distance and precision.


Waza and Self-Defense

Waza (or techniques) are one-step fighting techniques which focus on control, distance, timing and targeting. Over time, as the karateka progresses in rank and skill these waza become more technical. Realism is always central to the technique.


Self-defense is at the heart of everything we do in karate. Every part of training is centered and rooted in self-defense, from kata to sparring. The training provides the karateka with the speed, strength, timing, and distance needed to react appropriately to any given self-defense situation. Specific self-defense training involves evading and countering holds, grabs, and joint locks; and for each rank, there are new self-defense techniques to learn. Self-defense against the knife, gun, and club are also vital to our training.

Sparring

After the first belt test students begin participating in sparring class.  Sparring is an essential way to implement various techniques as well as improve hand eye coordination, timing, distance, techniques, and confidence.


Protective gear is worn on hands, feet, head, shins, and groin.


Lower belt ranks (orange and below) are restricted to lighter contact. This helps them develop control before adding more power to their techniques. At green belt students are allowed to begin using sweeps and take-downs. For adult brown belts and higher, sparring is full contact.


We employ an Iri Kumi style, 2 minutes of continuous sparring.

Weapons

We practice both unarmed (karate) and armed combat (kobudo). We train with traditional weapons including the bo, tonfa, sai, nunchaku and kama. The weapon becomes an extension of the body and is treated very seriously. Weapons are typically reserved for higher levels of training.


Weapon katas include:


  • Bo (Kihon No Kon Dai - Basic Movements of the Bo)
  • Bo (Chukyu No Kon Dai - Intermediate Movements of the Bo)
  • Bo (Keitei No Kon Dai - Advanced Movements of the Bo)
  • Tonfa (Uchi Ka Mamoru - Strike or Protect)
  • Sai (Mamorimas To Kogeki - Defend and Attack)
  • Nunchuka (Keitei No Nunchaku Dai - Advanced Nunchaku)
  • Kama (Keitei No Kama Dai - Advanced Kama)