GOJU RYU KARATE
Gōjū-ryū , Japanese for "hard-soft style", is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles
of karate, featuring a combination of hard and soft techniques. Both principles, hard
and soft, come from the famous martial arts book used by Okinawan masters during
the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bubishi
Gō, which means hard, refers to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks;
jū, which means soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements.
Gōjū-ryū incorporates both circular and linear movements into its curriculum,
combining hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open
hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent,
including joint locks, grappling, takedowns, and throws.
Major emphasis is given to breathing correctly in all of the kata but particularly in the
Sanchin kata which is one of two core kata of this style. The second kata is called
Tensho, meant to teach the student about the soft style of the system. Gōjū-ryū
practices methods that include body strengthening and conditioning, its basic
approach to fighting (distance, stickiness, power generation, etc.), and partner drills.
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