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Ryu Technical Series - Part I
by Morio Higaonna
the titles suggest these are programs of a highly technical nature, but that
still sport all the trappings of the Tsunami video studio; a first class author,
high quality production, strong content, and no nonsense. This review was
based on a screening of the shows in the final stages of editing, but I am
sure that more of the Tsunami magic will be added to what I saw.
Higaonna is widely regarded by karate instructors of all styles as the ultimate
Goju Ryu practitioner. In addition to being incredibly strong and a superb
karate technician, he is a scholar of his art as we have seen from the publication
of his book recently. I don't think that there was another choice for the
author of this particular video, nor would I have wanted to review it if their
had been. This should not be taken as anything other than an indication of
how much I enjoy watching Morio Higaonna "at work," as it were.
new series of programs is a combination of the JKF Technical and Bunkai series.
In its new guise as the Goju Ryu Technical Series, of which these two shows
are Parts 1 & 2 it will when finished show all the kata of Goju Ryu with
Volume 1 includes the mandatory Goju Ryu Kata Seipai and Saifa. Nobody can perform
them better and clearly Higaonna Sensei had trained very hard in preparation
for filming these programs. However, what sets these videos apart from all others
are the lectures by the author in which he goes into incredible detail about
every part of the kata and applications. Given in Japanese with a first class
English translation as a voice over, you will learn more from these in an hour
about technical aspects of kata then you will in a year in the dojo.
Regardless of your style you should buy this video to see the level of technique
that constant and correct training can develop. It is awesome, and will inspire
anyone who sees it to train harder. Higaonna is perfection, the video is produced
with the style and the quality only Tsunami can achieve, and it is as educational
as it is satisfying.
Goju Ryu -
Technical Series Part 1 & Part 2 - Sanchin by Morio Higaonna.
Part 1: Kata
Seipai and Saifai, demonstrations, bunkai and lectures by Morio Higaonna,
9th Dan, Hanshi. 70 minutes.
Part 2: Sanchin, sanshin testing (shime), lecture. Approx. 60 minutes
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