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-Be mindful of your courtesy with humbleness
-Train yourself considering physical strength
-Study and contrive seriously
-Be calm in mind and swift in action
-Take care of yourself
-Live a plain and simple life
-Do not be too proud of yourself
-Continue training with patience and humbleness
training with Tsuneo Kinjo Sensei @Jundokan Okinawa
Whether you're a beginner and want to discover something new or you've done goju before, perhaps you've experience of another style or martial art , you're welcome to come along to a class and find out if training with us is what you're looking for. The dojo atmoshere, although following some rules of etiquette, is informal,inclusive, relaxed and friendly. A beginner? You'll learn the basic techniques of goju ryu and the foundations of the style,its principles of movement. Steadily you'll build an understanding of how to apply the range of techniques within the context of self defence & more generally martial movement for good health and fitness. In the sense of having more to learn, we're all beginners in the tsuyoikokoro dojo. Different exercises and strengthening techniques,unique to Okinawan goju, are an important part of developing the body. 'Daruma Taiso' help us so much, learning how to move better, more fluidly,with greater balance and control.Like calisthenics these excersises emphasize breathing correctly, core control, flexibilty and strength. They can be demanding in themselves and often we dedicate whole sessions to this type of training. Learning how to 'read' energy (our own and more importantly in regard to protecting yourself, an attackers') can be about redirecting energy, controlling or subduing an opponents incoming force.For understanding the importance of the centre line, timing , balance etc. we practice 'kakie', an Okinawan pushing hands technique , with touch and feel a partners movement can be read. Kakie practice helps us understand 'energy' in this context. Most lessons revolve around Kata; learning ,analizing ,refining them, exploring the associated 'bunkai', the 'practical applications' contained within them . They've been handed down from previous generations for the purpose of perfecting the techniques learnt at each stage. Chojun Miyagi Sensei taught 12 kata and these form the basis of our classes. Kata Sanchin is perhaps the most important,it's the strong heart beat that resonates throughout all our goju karate...Within this kata are many of the foundational principles that are the basis of the style. Eiichi Miyazato Sensei linked this kata to moving meditation.It can feel like that. Breath leading movement... In the dojo we pay particular attention to the 'Dojo Kun' ; simplicity, humility, respect. Training with us will take you through different stages of learning and understanding goju ryu , consequently the idea of 'shuhari' is an important concept in our philosophy (see below)
In the dojo we have a place where we explore, (individually or with a partner ) how to improve our understanding of the movements contained within kata. People from all walks of life come together to work collectively, and as individuals, to acquire something they know might be unattainable - perfection of an art form- overcoming any limitations, real or perceived. It's the everyday practice integrated into daily life itself that leads us to dicover what studying a martial art can offer... An overall aim is to help students refine their techniques, develop their understanding of goju ryu and ultimately provide them with the tools to make the art their own...to evolve the practice beyond forms or styles or associations and affiliations. I think long term practice and training in goju ryu can develop a better understanding of ourselves; strengths and weaknesses.
Shu Ha Ri
Shu: In the begining stage the student follows the teaching of one sensei. They concentrate on how to do the task, without worrying too much about the underlying theory.If there are multiple variations on how to do the task, they concentrate on just one way their sensei teaches them..... Ri: Now the student isn’t learning from other people, but from their own practice and experience. They create and adapt what they’ve learned to their own particular circumstances..... Ha: At this point the student begins to branch out. With the basics now working they understand the underlying principles and theory behind the techniques. Integrating their experience ,knowledge and practice into their own karate is the journey to making the art truly their own...
The Dojo Kun Eiichi Miyazato translated by Tetsunosuke Yasuda -Be mindful of your courtesy with humbleness -Train yourself considering physical strength -Study and contrive seriously -Be calm in mind and swift in action -Take care of yourself -Live a plain and simple life -Do not be too proud of yourself -Continue training with patience and humbleness
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