Friday, 24 July 2015

No "Renshukai" on Monday

Members of Gojuryu Karatedo Yoyogi Ryushinkan warm up for the "Renshukai" training session last Friday in Takadanobaba, Tokyo. There is no session on Monday, July 27.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Renshukai Schedule Update

Members of Gojuryu Karatedo Yoyogi Ryushinkan continue to train together as "Renshukai," with supervised day-time sessions at Shibuya Sports Center and evening sessions at Shinjuku Sports Center. There are also unsupervised sessions at the weekends. Please note the Sunday session times have been moved forward to 13:30-15:30 for convenience’ sake. Moreover, the session on July 20, a national holiday, will also run from 13:30-15:30. Finally, there is no training on Monday, July 27, as the center is closed.

Friday, 10 July 2015


This video shows in great detail the teachings of the great Miyazato Sensei and other instructors at Jundokan, one of the leading Gojuryu karate dojos in Okinawa and the school to which Gojuryu Karatedo Yoyogi Ryushinkan was affiliated for many years.  After footage of Okinawa from many decades ago, including training using the Hojo Undo tools and techniques and kata such as Tensho and Seiyunchin, Miyazato Sensei demonstrates Seisan, warming up exercises and the proper use of equipment such as the kongoken. The kata Sanchin is then explained fully with English subtitles, as is how to guide and check someone who is performing the kata. Finally, the kata Gekisai 1 and 2 are also shown with detailed commentary. 

Friday, 3 July 2015


Sagiashi is one of the stances found in Goju-ryu karate, and its presence can be seen as a clear link between traditional Okinawan karate and its deeper roots in the "white crane" style of kung fu from China. ("Sagi" means "crane" in Japanese.)

Although the stance does not technically appear in any of the Goju-ryu kata, it can be said to occur naturally when delivering a kansetsugeri from the nekoashidachi stance, as in the kata Kururunfa. Kansetsugeri is sometimes translated as "dislocation kick," as it targets one's opponent's knee, as is shown in more detail here.