There are 4 main categories when training, these are:-
Junbi UndoThe basic stretching and warming up exercises that were developed by the originator of Goju Ryu karate, Chojun Miyagi, in the early Twenties.
"Basics"- the practice of blocks, punches, kicks and stances
"Form"- pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations
"Sparring"- combat situations practiced with an opponent. This does form part your training, however, this is not compulsory for ALL students as there are many who do not enjoy this part of karate training. Saying that, as you move higher through the grade syllabus and your skill and confidence increase, you will be expected to take part in kumite to some degree. There are different types of kumite, the most common practiced are "Jyu kumite" or free-sparring and "Ippon kumite" or one-point sparring. This can be akin to self defence training - set routines with a sequence of moves.
The basic and advanced stretching and warming up exercises that were developed by the originator of Goju Ryu karate, Master Chojun Miyagi, in the early Twenties.
For adult students only:
"Supplementary training"- the use of weights and implements to increase strength and agility
In each category the individual is given instruction at the most basic level until the techniques become spontaneous. As the student advances technically, they progress physically and develop greater stamina. At the same time they learn increasingly intricate kata and more dynamic forms of kumite. As the student approaches black belt level, technique, stamina, speed and co-ordination become natural as a result of intensive practice.
It is at this stage that the serious students discover the wonderful world that karate has opened to them.