Goju-Ryu Kata (Suparinpei) - Instructions & Videos

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Goju-Ryu Kata (Suparinpei) - Instructions & Videos

This page will help you to learn Suparinpei, one of the katas used in Goju-Ryu Karate. This kata is also known as Suparenpai, Suparunpei and Suparenpei. Suparinpei translates as "One Hundred & Eight Hands".

Written instructions for this kata are provided below the kata videos. 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 the Black Belt Wiki section on Is Kata Useful or Useless? as it discusses the pros & cons of kata. For additional Goju-Ryu Karate katas, please visit the main Goju-Ryu Katas page. To learn other Karate katas (i.e. Shotokan), please visit the main Katas & Forms section.

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YouTube Demonstration of Suparinpei - Goju-Ryu Kata (Front View)

YouTube Demonstration of Suparinpei - Goju-Ryu Kata (Side View)

Written Kata Instructions

  • Bow from musubi dachi
  • Right sanchin, double middle block, left gyaku tsuki, left middle block
  • Left sanchin, double middle block, right gyaku tsuki, right middle block
  • Right sanchin, double middle block, left gyaku tsuki, left middle block
  • Pull open hands in to chest, bend knees halfway down
  • Straighten legs, push open hands out to sides at shoulder height
  • Left sanchin, left kagi into mawashi uke w/ right hand up
  • Right sanchin, right kagi into mawashi uke w/ left hand up
  • Left finger thrust to throat, pull open hands to hip
  • Quick right foot step around front, left sanchin facing rear, mawashi uke
  • Right sanchin, mawashi uke
  • Quick chamber and shift to left, mawashi uke w/ right hand up
  • Right step, right kagi into mawashi uke w/ left hand up
  • Right kagi, turn hand down to grab, pull right hand to hip
  • Quick right foot step around front 180 degrees, left sanchin, mawashi uke
  • Right step, right kagi into mawashi uke w/ left hand up
  • Right kagi, turn hand down to grab, pull right hand to hip
  • Right kagi into mawashi uke w/ left hand up, sink into right cat stance
  • Shuffle forward, turn left 180 degrees
  • Left kagi into mawashi uke w/ right hand up, sink into left cat stance
  • Shuffle forward, turn right 90 degrees
  • Right cat stance w/ left mawashi uke
  • Quick turn left 180 degrees, left sanchin, double punch
  • Right sanchin, left hand chamber, right hand cross body, left strike over
  • Quick turn left 180 degrees, left sanchin, double punch
  • Right sanchin, left hand chamber, right hand cross body, left strike over
  • Quick turn left 90 degrees, left sanchin, double punch
  • Right sanchin, left hand chamber, right hand cross body, left strike over
  • Quick turn left 180 degrees, left sanchin, double punch
  • Right sanchin, left hand chamber, right hand cross body, left strike over
  • Shift to left diagonal stance to left rear 45, left middle block
  • Right step to diagonal stance (stay on 45), double low block
  • Turn upper body towards left leg, left middle block
  • Right step to diagonal stance (stay on 45), double low block
  • Right step back, left diagonal to right rear 45, left middle block
  • Right step to diagonal stance (stay on 45), double low block
  • Turn upper body towards left leg, left middle block
  • Right step to diagonal stance (stay on 45), double low block
  • Left C-step to front, left circular palm block
  • Right C-step, left kagi uke
  • Left C-step, right throat grab
  • Right front kick, set down in front to horse stance (right leg towards front)
  • Reinforced left middle block, right cross body palm block
  • Right step to left sanchin facing rear, knees bent halfway
  • Straighten legs w/ simultaneous middle and low block w/ left above
  • Right sanchin, simultaneous middle and low block w/ right above
  • Left sanchin, left kagi uke, throat grab and pull down
  • Right sanchin, right kagi uke, throat grab and pull down
  • Left sanchin, left kagi uke, throat grab and pull down
  • Right sanchin, right kagi uke, throat grab and pull down
  • Quick turn left 180 degrees, left zenkutsu facing front, left palm up
  • Right crescent kick in to left palm, 360 degree spin, left sanchin, left kagi uke
  • Right front flying kick, right horse stance, right elbow into palm, right backfist
  • Quick turn to rear in parallel stance, left palm strike
  • Lunge forward to left diagonal stance, left middle block
  • Small shuffle forward, right elbow into palm
  • Left step around front, right diagonal stance to front
  • Right palm swipe down, wrist swipe up, open hands swipe outward
  • Left hand over right, palms face up, slide right foot back to musubi dachi, palms press down
  • End of kata

Reference Sources

  1. Kata instructions are courtesy of Mike at MBD Martial Arts, http://www.mbdmartialarts.com/


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