THE MUSHIN GOJU RYU VIRTUES
WE WHO STUDY KARATE DO ASPIRE TO THESE VIRTUES;
- We shall always practice patience, courtesy, humility.
- We shall be quick to seize opportunity.
- We shall block soft and strike hard.
- We shall always believe that nothing is impossible.
- We shall always be aware.
- Speed and technique are the essence of Karate.
- We shall always keep the fighting spirit of Mushin Goju Ryu.
- We shall be loyal to ourselves, Bushido, Karate, and Mushin Goju Ryu.
THE KATA OF MUSHIN GOJU RYU
A kata is a pattern of movements, which contain a series of logical and mostly
practical attacking and blocking techniques. You are telling a story in a kata
and how you interpret these movements and act them out will tell the
audience how intense you are. All kata should have certain fundamentals
governing them that can be duplicated in real scenarios. Although karate
kata is done alone or with an imaginary opponent, there still must reside in
them the basic laws of physics that govern all things.
Kata is the “religion” of your particular style, that which inspires us to do
more and learn more. The true meaning of karate is embedded in the kata and
only by the practice of kata can we come to understand them.
It is through the kata that we can begin to see the differences between the
hard and soft aspects of Goju, as well as how to incorporate many grappling
techniques. There is no time limit in learning kata, but the time must be spent
practicing them to learn.
In karate, all kata begin with a self-defense move, because there are no first
attacks. Remember, the best defense is never to be where violence can occur.
The following are the kata of Mushin Goju Ryu Karate Do’, which may vary
from other styles of Goju. These are the kata and rank requirements.
- TAKIYOKA JODAN (WAZA)
- TAKIYOKA CHUDAN (WAZA)
- TAKIYOKA GEDAN (WAZA)
- EMPI KATA (OPTIONAL)
- GOSAN ICHI KATA
- GOSAN NI KATA
- CHIN CHOI KATA
- GEKISAI ICHI KATA
- GEKISAI NI KATA
- NIKO BUDO ICHI KATA
- EMPI-HA KATA
- NANDANSHO KATA
- SAIFA KATA
- SANCHIN KATA
- TENSHO KATA
- HANGETSU KATA
- SANSERU KATA
- SEISAN KATA
- NAIFUNCHIN KATA
- SEIYUNCHIN KATA
- BASSAI DAI KATA
- HAKUCHOU KATA
- SEIPEI KATA
- KUSANKU KATA
- MUSHIN KATA
|The translations for some of the kata are available,
and those are as follows:
TAKIYOKA - WAZA TECHNIQUES, LEARNING FORMS
GEKISAI KATA - SMASH AND CRASH FORM
CHIN CHOI KATA - GIANT STEP FORM
NANDANSHO KATA - DIFFICULT VICTORY FORM
SAIFA KATA - TEARING FORM
EMPI KATA - ELBOW FORM
SANCHIN KATA - THREE BATTLES FORM
TENSHO KATA - ELEGANT HANDS/ROTATING PALMS FORM
SANSERU KATA - DRAGON FORM/13 HANDS FORM
SEIYUCHIN KATA - CALM BEFORE THE STORM FORM
HAKUCHO KATA - SWAN FORM
BASSAI DAI KATA - TO STORM A CASTLE FORM
MUSHIN KATA - “CLEAR MIND” FORM
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