"Today there exist approximately twenty to thirty different kata. The names
of the kata differ according to their creators. Each kata contains numerous
attack and defence movements in a sequence and are performed in all directions.
The overall kata is an exercise for the whole body, while the individual
movements are performed with the objective of self-defense." Chojun Miyagi
1888-1953 Founder of Goju Ryu Karate.
Goju Ryu makes no secret of its Chinese origins, yet it should not be
considered a purely Chinese martial art. While the patriarch of Goju Ryu, Kanryo
Higaonna, trained in China as a young man and was clearly influenced by the
principles and practices of Chinese boxing, Okinawan Goju Ryu is more than just
another form of White Crane Fist.
In the evolution of Goju Ryu karate, Okinawan self-defense methods were
blended with Chinese combat techniques, principles, and strategies. Training
methods were changed somewhat to suit Okinawan practitioners, their physiques,
and life styles. What resulted after more than a half century of development was
Classical Okinawan Goju Ryu karate as presented in this series of programs.
Ironically, this is without doubt closer, in a technical sense, to what
Okinawan students were taught by 19th Century boxing masters in China, than
modern Chinese Wu Shu. During the late Qing era and the early days of the
Chinese Republic, with notable exceptions, the martial arts went into decline in
In the backwater of Okinawa, however, when change happened, it did so at a
snail’s pace. As good Confucians, the Okinawans revered tradition and resisted
change. With the rest of Asia in turmoil for more than fifty years, the
tranquil, rustic, sub-tropical islands of Okinawa provided a safe repository for
Chinese Boxing methods, as well as the crucible in which they were refined and
developed for use by the generations that would follow.
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