Monday, 22 February 2016

Miyazato Sensei and Jundokan

Fascinating footage of the late Miyazato Sensei at his Jundokan Dojo in Okinawa, performing the kata Sepai and providing general guidance. Some of the other great instructors at the dojo are also shown. Jundokan, which I also had the pleasure of visiting some decades back, is the "parent" dojo of Gojuryu Karatedo Yoyogi Ryushinkan in Tokyo. Also featured is a sashi-ishi training implement as actually used by his teacher, Miyagi Chojun Sensei, the founder of Goju-Ryu

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Renshukai Update

Warming-up exercises at "Renshukai"
More than 20 members of the Gojuryu Karatedo Yoyogi Ryushinkan dojo continue to practice and train together in several groups around Tokyo and the surrounding suburbs, including Renshukai, made up of ten or so practitioners who regularly practice on Monday and Wednesday evenings respectively at the municipal sports centers in Heiwadai and Kami-Itabashi.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Kakie & Renzoku waza

This video shows some the ways in which kakie can be developed from the basic "pushing and pulling" together of hands into various applications from the kata, and ultimately into a form of jiyu kumite or free-style sparring.  Kata applications should always be understood as much as possible in their various forms, and then practiced in isolation in order to add depth and meaning to the performance the kata itself. Goju-Ryu emphasizes a close-quarters, infighting style of combat, and kakie is the ideal starting point to develop many of its techniques. 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Why Kakie

A brief clip of Masaji Taira Sensei explaining the principles of kakie. Taira Sensei is the head of the Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai. His teacher was Eiichi Miyazato, the founder of Jundokan.