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
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 their bunkai.
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.
as we all know, is a difficult kata that must be learned thoroughly and
practised regularly. It is the key to the Goju Ryu system in that it provides
the energy that powers the fearsome short range techniques, and develops
the shield of muscle that makes the Goju Ryu fighter such a difficult opponent.
of its depth and complexity, a demonstration of Sanchin is just that, a
demonstration that conveys all of the external physical power but none of
the internal workings. What the author adds to this presentation, and he
told me very over lunch that this is the first time he has ever done it,
is a complete and detailed explanation of what Sanchin does, and how it
does it. He was emphatic about this; he had never given a full explanation
before about the spiralling of the muscles around the abdomen, the meaning
of the breathing, in facts all the things that we had all wondered about
for so long.
material is all first class, and cannot be faulted. As with all Tsunami
programs there are, if not surprises, then things that one would not have
thought of oneself. In the case of this video it is sound recordings of
some of the most famous Goju practitioners ever, several of them long since
passed on, discussing Goju Ryu karate, its founder Chojun Miyagi, and their
thoughts on both.
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.
Ryu - Technical Series Part 1 & Part 2 - Sanchin by Morio Higaonna.
1: Kata Seipai and Saifai, demonstrations, bunkai and lectures
ship within 24hrs.)
by Morio Higaonna, 9th Dan, Hanshi. 70 minutes.
Part 2: Sanchin, sanshin testing (shime), lecture. Approx. 60 minutes
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