The techniques described in the Goju-Shorei System especially those within Goju-Shorei Karate are extremely effective while at the same time allow for individuality and give a way for the practitioner to really grasp the “art” in Martial Arts. However this freedom with the “Add Ons” can leave the most seasoned of martial artist standing there like a deer in the headlights. Here are some tips when practicing the techniques in any rank of Goju-Shorei Karate
TIP #1 - Use whats given to you. After performing the technique as described in the Curriculum your opponent may be off balance, open in some area, in a lock or trying to make a retreat. You have to practice assessing the situation or better yet knowing where they will be and using their position as an advantage to you and a disadvantage to them. Having this understanding of how the attacker will react is essential in the execution of the techniques but more so in becoming a great Uke to aid your fellow classmates in becoming better. Remember a “Rising Tide Raises All Ships”.
TIP #2 - Use what you know. There is nothing more dangerous or ineffective as someone trying something on a partner they “think” they know or understand without having any training. Use what you know! If your main art is Tae Kwon Do, use your kicks at the end of technique just like I would expect a Judo practitioner to sweep or throw. While working with a partner remember that your primary responsibility is to keep your partner safe and secondary is to learn. Just remember that regardless of your style, still use your angles and end when the situation is neutralized.
TIP #3 - Keep It Simple. Ok.. don’t get me wrong here.. I like the flashy stuff as much as the next guy but remember that we are all creatures of habit. If your add on is 20 minutes long and resembles something from a bad ninja movie in the 80’s its probably not a great technique to use.. Just saying. My philosophy is if you can’t get the job done in a handful of well placed counters then its not efficient enough. Set time aside to “Play” but use class time to dive into what makes these techniques and your add ons effective solutions to any given attack.
These 3 tips will help in your formulation of your add ons so that they are not only effective but efficient as well. They give you the ability to practice your root or “home” style while at the same time explore the techniques of Goju-Shorei Karate in a safe way for you and your partners.
If you have any questions, never hesitate to call or email me.