At the Goju-ryu Bujutsukan, training is adjusted to the participants’ age, ability, and fitness level in accordance with the karate instruction methods developed by the founder Chojun Miyagi Sensei.
Every part of the body is exercised, building muscular flexibility as well as strength and endurance while also fostering an understanding of Sanchin and Tensho, the basic kata of Goju-ryu. These exercises are performed again after the practice of each kata in order to reset the muscles. Breathing exercises are then performed before resting.
Sanchin and Tensho are known as the kihon-gata. The purpose of training in these kata is to master breathing techniques and by harmonizing tension and relaxation, developing a strong body and the mental attitude suitable for budo.
These exercises are performed to assist in the learning and mastery of kaishu-gata. Movements are tailored to the characteristics of each part of the body and a variety of traditional equipment is used to enhance strengthen both in individual body parts as well as holistically.
The names of the kata vary according to their creators. These kata embody a number of attack and defense patterns. They are well constructed and draw various lines of attack and defense, while showing the appropriate way of moving the body. Furthermore, the principles of breaking down and linking bujutsu concepts is acquired by fusing the movement with the purpose of the techniques and thus effectively using spirit and physical strength.
Kumite steps away from the various patterns of attack and defense embodied in the kaishu-gata that have already been learned. While remaining aware of the true meaning of techniques, they are practiced in further depth in a manner that is very close to actual combat while maintaining a martial spirit.