Goju Ryu Training
Since its inception the "Quan-Fa" that was later named Goju Ryu Karate in Okinawa, has been a complete system of self defense that incorporates the entire body to serve as a weapon. For this reason, at NYC Goju Ryu, training is taken very seriously! Ancient methods of body strengthening and conditioning known as Junbi Undo, Hojo Undo, and Kote Kitae are deeply rooted in our system, and are practiced diligently! It is designed to give the practitioner very powerful limbs and hard extremities that will allow the rapid and very forceful applications of self defense in life threatening situations. Very powerful blows can be delivered at close range with the hands, arms, legs and feet. And if necessary, grapple very effectively! Disclaimer: Our style of grappling is NOT sport based. If taken to the ground, we teach our students the true art of karate and what it was designed for! Self defense. They are taught to tear into the flesh, rip into the eyes, bite, break fingers, etc... Whatever they need to do to get home to their families. But it is only with this type of training and conditioning that this can be achieved, where the body is no stranger to pain.
This ability is also acquired through the careful study and practice of kata (forms) and bunkai (applications). The kata of Okinawan Goju Ryu are, in actuality, the blueprints for self defense that have been handed down from generation to generation. The study of kata and bunkai holds the key to its mastery! Within the kata of Okinawan Goju Ryu are deep, hidden, devastating techniques that only its practitioners are aware of.
The kata of Okinawan Goju Ryu are concrete manifestations of combat realities that have been developed through eons of time from successful combat engagements. They were created during feudal times, and therefore not designed for sport or competition! Each kata is unique! Each kata is a cultural treasure, and most important, it can turn an undisciplined student into a devastating fighter, in a self defense situation!
Unfortunately 98% of so called Karate schools today have very little, to no understanding of this type of training. Their focus and training has shifted from utility to spectacle! Where the true meaning of Karate is gone and they have reduced it to nothing more than a money making sport! Where kata, which held an essential meaning is now being judged for points as would a dancer or ice skater. In these types of schools the true meaning and development of the Martial Arts are lamentably lost.
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