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JKF Gojukai

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What is JKF Gojukai?
Karatedo in Okinawa can be broadly divided into two sects,
Nahate and Shurite. The most popular school of Nahate is
Gojukai, which is a strain of Chinese Nanpa Shorin-ken. In
1930, the founder Chojun Miyagi named his school "Goju-ryu".
He cited a line to name his school from "Bubishi" which is a
traditional book of Shorin-ken Hakkaku-mon in Fujian
province, China.


Techniques
The founder Chojun Miyagi defined essence of karatedo as
that "Karatedo is a measure to train your body and mind, to
keep in shape and to protect yourself in a dangerous
situation."
Fights of martial arts are fights of life or death. Therefore,
we need to be serious and to concentrate on practice to
learn techniques for survival in serious fights. To do so,
Chojun Miyagi thought that a harmonious development of
body and mind is necessary and he devised many training
methods through his hard training.
He introduced modern point of view into conventional
meditation and health program and developed Junbi Undo,
or preparation exercise which was produced for improving
your health, and Hojo Undo, or supplementary exercise
which is practiced with equipment from an early stage of
school's development. He developed rational system of
training. Junbi Undo and Hojo Undo are still actively used
without any changes.


Ki, Soku and Tai
The basic Kata Sanchin, Kaishu, or open hand Kata Gekisai 1
and 2, Heishu, or closed hand Kata Tensho, authentic Kata of
Kanryo Higaona Sensei such as Saifa, Seiyunchin, Shisochin,
Sanseiru, Seipai, Kururunfa, Seisan and Suparinpei are
instructed.
It is said that Sanchin is the basic Kata of Goju-ryu to study
"Ki, Soku and Tai" which are necessary factors of martial arts,
and this is a basic Kata for training to learn right breathing
and posture for massive attack and defense techniques.
The founder Chojun Miyagi studied Rokkish from Chinese
boxing Nan-ha Shorin-ken Hakkaku-ken and developed
Tensho as Heishu Kata. Tensho aims to study "Ki, Soku and
Tai" as same as Sanchin and several Uke techniques and
attacking techniques by Shotei are featuring.