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Goju Ryu Karate

Power Training
by Morio Higaonna


Karate master Morio Higaonna unlocks the treasury of training techniques that made him the world's most famous Goju Ryu instructor and, according to martial arts author and historian Donn Draeger, "...the most dangerous man in Japan in a real fight." A professionaly made 90-minute program that covers the entire karate training system including stretching, supplementary exercises with equipment (hojo undo), body and hand conditioning, makiwara training, yakusoku and renzoku kumite, kata, iri kumi and more. Incudes an excellent section on history and the origins of karate--a professionally produced, prize-winning production.

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Running time approx. 90 minutes. $39.95 

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Goju Ryu Technical Series - Part I
by Morio Higaonna


This series of programs by the premier exponent of Goju Ryu karate has become the benchmark for technical excellence. Superb performances of the mandatory kata Seipai and Saifa are followed by highly detailed demonstrations of the applications. In the series of lectures by the author that follows, he describes in minute detail the correct method of moving, how to breath correctly, the development of ki, and very much more. A post-graduate level course in karate for those wishing to understand the inner meanings of the art.

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Running time approx. 70 min. $39.95

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Goju Ryu Technical Series - Part II
by Morio Higaonna


The benefits of Sanchin training--physical strength, body development, striking power--can only be realized if the kata is practised correctly. Each movement must be precisely performed and harmonized with the performer's breathing. When this is achieved, the latent power of the body can be awakened and harnessed, and the power of Sanchin experienced. Morio Higaonna's performance of Sanchin is superb; his demonstration of Sanchin testing procedures excellent, and his remarkable lecture, truly profound.

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Running time approx. 60 min. $39.95

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Goju Ryu Technical Series - Part III
by Morio Higaonna


The essence of Karate is to be found in its fundamental techniques which, when mastered, provide the key to the inner mysteries of the art.  This program presents 21 striking and punching, 10 kicking, and 31 blocking techniques, many of which are not widely taught today. Also included are the numerous nerve holds and attacks of Goju Ryu, tai-sabaki, and reflex training methods.

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Running time approx. 55 min. $39.95

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Goju Ryu Technical Series - Part IV
by Morio Higaonna


Strict adherence to traditional training and teaching methods has made Morio Higaonna, 10th Dan, one of the most respected karate masters of this century.  In part 4 of his remarkable video series he presents the kata Gekki Sai Dai Ichi, Gekki Sai Dai Ni, Seiyunchin, Shisochin, Kururunfa, and their applications in their most traditional, and therefore, most perfect form. A superb technical reference to Goju Ryu karate at its very highest level.

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Goju Ryu Technical Series - Part V
by Morio Higaonna


From part 5 of Morio Higaonna's video series we understand more fully the connection between Goju Ryu karate and the Chinese boxing methods from which it developed.  In the complex advanced kata we discern elements of White Crane and Tiger Fist forms; in Tensho we detect the characteristic movements of Rokkishu; in kakie we cannot fail to recognize the push hands exercise known to almost all Chinese martial artists.  A formidable presentation that includes the kata Sesan, Suparinpei, (standard and advanced versions) and Tensho as well as the applications in kakie form of Gekisai, Seiyunchin, Shisochin, Kururunfa and Sesan.

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Goju Ryu Technical Series - Part VI
by Morio Higaonna


Filmed entirely on location in a beautiful Japanese garden, this is the sixth and final part of the Goju Ryu Karate Technical Series of videos featuring the world's leading exponent of Goju Ryu Karate, Morio Higaonna, 10th Dan, Hanshi. It is a fitting conclusion to a post-graduate level instructional course that is regarded as the finest ever made on the subject, as well as the best selling in the seventeen countries in Europe, the Far East, and Australasia where it has been released. This excellent video deals in great detail with the remaining kata Sanseru. The method of learning the kata is shown and it is then perfomed from two angles at full speed, and in high quality slow motion. To his practical demonstrations the author adds explanations which are voiced over in English, and also shows the applications of the kata and their significance in great detail (bunkai) and then how they are used in actual combat (kakie). A beautifully produced and immensely useful learning tool that is in a class of its own.

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Goju Ryu Karate Kata
by Morio Higaonna

Filmed in Japan around 1980 and re-edited for release on video. Includes all twelve Goju Ryu kata by this most famous of modern Karate masters. Morio Higaonna, 9th Dan Hanshi, is widely considered to be the most senior living Goju Ryu karate practitioner, as well as one of the world's most technically accomplished teachers of any style.
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Running time approx. 45 minutes.
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The Encyclopedia of Goju Ryu Part 1
by Morio Higaonna

JUNBI UNDO etc.

"Profound (secret) technique begins from simple technique.
Simple technique ends in profound technique. " Toyama Kanken 1888-1966

It is impossible to teach the most sophisticated and effective methods of karate to large groups of students, in a quasi-military setting. These "secrets," which are the core of the Goju Ryu system, can only be transmitted from master to student by means of personal instruction for traditional karate's teaching methodology is, and always has been, for the tuition of individuals.

To truly master karate one also needs to receive instruction at a much higher level than the majority of students can ever experience. That is the purpose of this program and those that will follow it-to make available to everyone, individual instruction, at the highest level, from the world's leading exponent of Goju Ryu karate.

Author Morio Higaonna is the student of An'ichi Miyagi, who studied exclusively with the Founder of Goju Ryu karate, Chojun Miyagi.

Contents: Junbi Undo-training methods unique to karate for increasing strength & flexibility; Sabaki-effective defensive and offensive movement in karate. Kamae-stances that provide a stable base to fight from.

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The Encyclopedia of Goju Ryu Part 2
by Morio Higaonna

HOJO UNDO and more

"the diligent and sincere practise of the fundamental kata will initiate the fusion of one's spirit and body, and movement along the correct path of karate will begin."
Chojun Miyagi 1888-1953
Founder of Goju Ryu Karate

Chojun Miyagi Sensei stated, "Hojo undo are practised with the aim of perfecting the kata." In the same lecture, given in Osaka on January 28th, 1936, he went on to say, "...kata is an exercise for the whole body, while the individual movements are performed with the objective of self-defense."

This second volume of the series brings together these two concepts by demonstrating in great detail the supplementary exercises, or Hojo Undo, and the basic kata Gekki Sai Dai Ichi & Gekki Sai Dai Ni, and Saifa. Following Miyagi Sensei's teaching method, the individual movements are explained, as is their role in the complete version of the kata. Author Morio Higaonna is the student of An'ichi Miyagi, who studied exclusively with the Founder of Goju Ryu karate, Chojun Miyagi.

Contents:
Hojo Undo using the chi-ishi, nigiri game and ishi-sashi to develop overall body power; the historical development of Gekki Sai Dai Ichi and Gekki Sai Dai Ni and their performance; the kata Saifa.

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The Encyclopedia of Goju Ryu Part 3
by Morio Higaonna

SEIYUNCHIN & SHISOCHIN

Morio Higaonna was first taught the kata Seiyunchin by his friend, Tsunetaka Shimabukuro. After he joined the dojo of Chogun Miyagi in April 1955, he learned exclusively from An’ichi Miyagi, a senior student of Chojun Miyagi, the Founder of Goju Ryu karate.

Clearly this kata was viewed as important by Miyagi Sensei as it was one of those he chose to demonstrate during his research trip to Fuchow, China, in 1915. He also taught it widely during his year long visit to the Hawaii Islands that began in the Spring of 1934 where, it is believed, he felt that Sanchin, the first kata normally taught in Goju Ryu, was too arduous an introduction to his system for students who had not been prepared by strength training and body conditioning.

In the third part of his series Higaonna Sensei shows step by step, and in great detail, the correct method of performing Seiyunchin & Shisochin kata. This includes instruction in correct breathing, tension and relaxation, movement and the elimination of common faults that lead to imperfect kata and therefore, weak technique.

Contents: Seiyunchin & Shisochin
Running time approx.
50 minutes.
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The Encyclopedia of Goju Ryu Part 4
by Morio Higaonna

SANSERU & SEIPAI

“In November, 1910, (Chojun) Miyagi returned to Okinawa after his tour in the army had finished. Upon his return, he was shocked to discover that during his absence his brother disciple, Kyoda Juhatsu, had learned the kata Sanseru.” —Koyama Seishin.

The kata Sanseru & Seipai are both covered in this instructional DVD in great depth. This whole series is, in fact, a course of intense private lessons at advanced level in Goju Ryu technique and kata with one of the greatest living exponents of the art. Includes explanations of techniques and bunkai, advice on performance, timing, correct breathing, etc.

Contents: Sanseru & Seipai
Running time approx. 48 minutes. $39.95
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The Encyclopedia of Goju Ryu Part 5
by Morio Higaonna

KURURUNFA & SEISAN

Fearful for the survival of his art, Miyagi Sensei radically changed his teaching methods in the post war years by focusing his attentions on his most dedicated students, An’ichi Miyagi and Shuichi Aragaki, and teaching them the entire Goju Ryu syllabus at an accelerated pace.

The author of this series of programs is the student of An’ichi Miyagi and his kata is therefore only one generation removed from the Founder Chogun Miyagi. The program deals with the kata Kururunfa and Seisan in great detail.

Contents: Kururunfa & Seisan
Running time approx. 50 minutes. $39.95
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The Encyclopedia of Goju Ryu Part 6
by Morio Higaonna

SUPARINPEI

Suparinpei kata was a speciality of Kanryo Higaonna, the teacher of Chojun Miyagi, and is the longest and most complex of the Goju Ryu kata. Although the origins of the Goju Ryu kata have yet to be precisely identified, undoubtedly they are to be found in the martial practices common in the Fuchow area in the second half of the nineteenth century.

When the author of this series visited Fuchow for the first time in 1987, and demonstrated the Goju Ryu kata, older members of the Fuchow Martial Arts association recognized, and were able to name many of them.

Contents: Suparinpei
Running time approx. 53 minutes. $39.95
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The Encyclopedia of Goju Ryu Part 7
by Morio Higaonna

SANCHIN, TENSHO, KAKIE

This professionally made DVD has three parts which are demonstrated and explained by Higaonna Sensei himself.

The kata Sanchin, literally “three battles,” is common to Okinawan karate styles whose origins can be traced to the Fuchow region of China. Its purpose is to prepare the student for combat by creating an iron body through severe training.

TENSHO is: “…to develop good posture and form, correct breathing methods, and correct harmonization of breathing with one’s movements.” 

KAKIE: As the author points during his lecture: “A fight starts with punching and kicking, but always ends at close range.” Goju Ryu fighters are famous for their ability to devastate opponents at short range with locking, breaking, and throwing techniques. It is the study of KAKIE-the push hands methods of training that develops this ability.

Contents: Sanchin, Tensho, Kakie
Running time approx. 43 minutes. $39.95
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The Encyclopedia of Goju Ryu Part 8
by Morio Higaonna

APPLICATIONS OF GEKKI SAI, SAIFA, SEIYUNCHIN AND SHISOCHIN KATA

The originators of karate knew that mastery of the fighting method came from the perfection of the kata coupled with a profound understanding of their applications, and they jealously guarded this knowledge from outsiders.

In the modern karate movement that developed following the public debut of the art, what little was known of the kata applications or bunkai was almost lost in the rush to make karate a sport.

In this professional production, Goju Ryu master Morio Higaonna shows in great detail how the movements of these kata are applied (bunkai) in order to overwhelm and defeat an opponent. The author emphasizes that Goju Ryu karate is still firmly based on training methods that are as traditional as they are practical.

This program presents a detailed analysis of the applications of the Gekki Sai kata, Saifa, Seiyunchin and Shisochin.

Contents: Applications of Gekki Sai, Saifa, Seiyunchin, and Shisochin.
Running time approx. 65 minutes. $39.95
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The Encyclopedia of Goju Ryu Part 9
by Morio Higaonna

APPLICATIONS OF SANSERU, SEIPAI AND KURURUNFA

The applications of the kata are the keys to its mastery, and ultimately, the mastery of karate itself. Without an understanding of the bunkai, the kata movements can seem unrelated, ineffective, even bizarre.

However, when the novice is shown how an awkward downward strike works as a takedown; that an apparently insignificant movement is a debilitating pressure point attack; and what appears to be a kick is actually a block, he gains new insight into, and respect for this fundamental element of traditional karate training.

Contents: Applications of Sanseru, Seipai & Kururunfa
Running time approx. 45 minutes. $39.95
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The Encyclopedia of Goju Ryu Part 10
by Morio Higaonna

APPLICATIONS OF SEISAN & SUPARINPEI

This is the last of the Goju Ryu Encyclopedia that, with the Goju Ryu Technical Series and Power Training by the same author presents the entire Goju Ryu karate syllabus, as it was systemized by Chojun Miyagi.

Seisan and Suparinpei are advanced kata, and the author explains and demonstrates them in great detail.

These programs by Morio Higaonna Sensei are the most comprehensive reference work on the subject available, by the instructor who is widely recognized as the most outstanding Goju Ryu exponent of his generation.

Contents: Applications of Seisan & Suparinpei
Running time approx. 50 minutes. $39.95
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