Goju-Ryu Kata

Kata (型 or 形) are the detailed choreographed patterns of movements. The basic goal of kata is to preserve and transmit proven techniques and to practice self-defence. By practicing in a repetitive manner the learner develops the ability to execute, techniques and movements in a natural, reflex-like manner.

Sanchin – “3 Battles” or “3 Conflicts”
Emphasises the coordination of the body and mind through the control of muscle tension combined with controlled breathing.

Gekisai Dai-Ichi – “to destroy” or “attack and destroy”
Chojun Miyagi Sensei made this kata of basic techniques in 1940 to enable the average person to become stronger.

Gekisai Dai-Ni“to destroy” or “attack and destroy”
This kata is basically the same as gekisai dai-ichi but it introduces open hand techniques and neko ashi movement.

Saifa – to destroy and defeat
Saifa kata is made up mostly of circularly applied striking techniques with the use of whip like motions along with some escape techniques.

SeiyunchinAttack, Conquer and suppress also referred to as “to control and pull into battle”
This kata develops the strength of the hips and legs in combination of with a variety of hand techniques.

Shisochin“to destroy in four directions” or “fight in four directions”
This kata emphasises open hand techniques coordinated with controlled hip movements.

Sanseru36 Hands
This kata develops the use of low kicks and double hand techniques.

Sepai18 Hands
Sepai kata is made up of a variety of unusual hand, foot and body movement techniques.

Kururunfaholding on long and striking suddenly
This kata also develops the use of open hand techniques and specially hip/hand coordination.

Sesan13 Hands
This is an asthetic kata epitomising the ideal of Goju-Ryu by using a number of hard and soft techniques.

Suparunpei108 Hands
This kata, Goju-Ryu’s longest, utilises a large number of techniques along with breath control and contains the greatest variety of application and depth of meaning.