Apart from the traditional Goju Ryu Karate forms, we have some extra Kata in Kenyukan Goju Ryu. They reflect the perfect harmony between Okinawan and Japanese Goju Ryu Karate Do, Okinawa Kobudo and Tsuruken.
Without compromising the "core"of the form, we have arranged them according to the student's ranks, and they show and represent a very comprehensive research and study of both Karate systems. We have also incorporated traditional Okinawan weapons Kata into the syllabus, to convert the system into a well rounded Martial Art.
Much has been written about Kata, and the effects they have in the overall study of Karate-do. Without going into controversial debates here, suffice is to say that Sensei believes like many of his peers, Karate could not be what it is today without the "essence", - namely, the practice of Kata.
All research seems to indicate that, the Masters all agreed that Kata should have a intrinsic meaning within the overall Art of Karate, and also the way they should be practised.
However, and depending on the style and some other factors, many have created very "radical" expressions of Kata, - for others they have become better known as "necessary" burdens, and some use them as an opportunity to show off fanciful moves.
Some have been changed and modified many times, to the point where, no one knows what the original was like any more. It seems that the advent of Tournaments and the price of fame, has brought some Instructors to knowingly change things to suit themselves, without regard for the work and dedication our forefathers put on the development of these Katas. Now we see the proliferation of Kata that until recently were considered "classics", being changed and defaced, so they can score higher points at the local Championships!
Some of the more appalling examples have been those where flying kicks, rolling on the floor and some other fantasy moves have been added, to make them more competitive. The result is in the eye of the beholder.
Potential new students should be aware of these practices, and should without any hesitation, ask their Instructors whether they are learning the authentic, or the Tournament version of them...then make a smart decision!
By keeping the meaning and the original form as close to the source as possible, students shall rest reassured that what they are practising is the way these forms were intended.
AND IF YOU ARE NOT SURE...ASK!!
Uke No Kata
Shotei No Kata
Kobushi No Kata
Hiji No Kata
Te-Shuto No Kata
Gekisai dai Ich
Gekisai dai Ni
Gekisai dai San
Basic 5 blocks Kata
Basic Palm Heel Strikes Kata
Basic Thrusts with Fists
Basic 5 strikes with Elbow
Basic 5 strikes with Knife Hand
Basic 19 steps Kata incorporating several
block/counter combinations. These Kata
were created by Miyagi Sensei for students
to practise balance and coordination.
Intermediate Kata I (closed hands)
Intermediate Kata II (open hands)
Intermediate Kata III (combination)
Three battles (breathing form)
Turning hands (fundamental form)
Tsuruken no Kata
Smash and tear (monkey)
Pull in and fight (tiger)
Four directions of combat (dragon)
18 stances (snake)
Praying mantis combat techniques
108 Goju's Masters Kata
White Crane Master's Kata