Goju-Ryu Karate Katas - Free Videos & Instructions

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Goju-Ryu Karate Katas - Free Videos & Instructions

This page will help you to learn the basic katas for Goju-Ryu Karate so you can get ready for your next belt test. However, if you have any questions about a particular kata movement, please check with your instructor because kata instructions and the order of katas can vary by school and organization. Students should also know Goju-Ryu kata meanings as this is often part of a belt test.

There are 12 official "core" katas for Goju-Ryu. However, the Sanchin kata is occasionally separated into two katas by some schools. Therefore, people are sometimes confused and think there are 13 Goju-Ryu katas. In addition, some Goju-Ryu schools and organizations borrow katas from other styles and they might use more than the official 12 katas.

You should also read our section on Is Kata Useful or Useless? It discusses the pros & cons of kata. For the katas of other Karate styles (i.e. Shotokan Kata), please visit the main Katas & Forms section.

Martial Arts Books - Goju-Ryu Karate

Taikyoku Kata - Click on pages below for kata videos and/or written instructions

List of Main Goju-Ryu Katas - Click on pages below for kata videos and/or written instructions

Main Goju-Ryu Kata Bunkai - with videos and/or instructions

Reasons for Kata

Many Goju-Ryu Karate schools use these katas in order to help students practice certain moves (i.e. kicking techniques, self-defense techniques and various strikes). In addition, kata is used to improve a student's physical conditioning, muscle memory, focus/concentration, balance, etc.

You might also like to visit the wiki community's Forms, Kata & Patterns section that contains conversations such as Is Kata useful or useless?, Positives & negatives of forms & patterns, etc. In this section, wiki community members discuss forms, pattern & kata techniques, tips, improvements, etc.


Goju-Ryu Kata - Gekisai Dai Ichi

Reference Sources

  1. International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation IOGKF-USA, http://www.iogkf-usa.com
  2. Goju-Kai Karate-Do USA, Kata Taikyoku, http://www.gojukai.com/taikyoku.htm
  3. Goju Karate Australia, Kata, http://gojukarateaustralia.com.au/kata.html


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