This book represents many years of combined research into the fascinating art of Goju Ryu Karate-Do, and is a joint work by Richard Barrett and Garry Lever concerning the relationship between Junbi Undo, Hojo Undo and Sanchin.
Covering the history, correct practise,advanced Qigong and esoteric studies within these traditions, this work is aimed directly at the intermediate or advanced practitioner seeking to add greater depth to their understanding of these areas, and how to effectively apply them to the advanced classical kata of Goju Ryu.
Junbi Undo theory and practise,
The origins of Sanchin,
The Go and Ju of Sanchin,
Shime application and theory,
Go and Ju in relation to the body,
Sanchin no Chikara Michi (strength paths of Sanchin),
Sanchin Qigong exercises,
San Tanden (the 3 tanden),
Ancient beliefs which influenced the development of kata.
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By Joel Reeves
Aug 2, 2012
If you are serious about Goju ryu karate, or any Okinawan karate style, then this book has been written for you. Of late there has been a lot of debate about whether Goju Ryu karate is dangerous to your health or not. In essence any karate can be badly taught and thus become detrimental to the soft tissues of your joints or cause longterm damage to your health which is why you must search for truly good teachers. Richard Barrett & Gary Lever are two such sensei. All Okinawan bujutsu are like onions with layers of principles, tactics and techniques built upon each other. As you advance with your training an exercise you once considered basic now reveals a deeper meaning - this is how this book presents training methods such as Sanchin, Junbi Undo and kiko. Detailed advice on the development of ki (intrinsic energy) and how to use it to take your fighting technique to the next level is covered alongside the origins of Sanchin practice and the real meanings of Go and Ju. This book... More > covers a lot of ground and is likely to enrich your training in area's of both health and effectiveness. In a nutshell "The Essence of Goju Ryu" is a book that restores the 'ju' principles firmly back in to Goju Ryu training. Well worth it. Joel Reeves 5th dan Ryukyu Bujutsu www.sippingti.com< Less
Excellent book. This book will expand your knowledge and provide you with a deeper understanding of the relationship of Ki (the circulating life energy) to the practice of Junbi Undo, Hojo Undo and Kata. The authors have compiled and presented a wealth of Gojuryu knowledge,and provided great illustrations with detailed reference, especially to Sanchin Kata. Taking responsiblity for your karate-do training begins with expanding your knowledge. This is a book that every serious Gojuryu practitioner will want for their personnal reference library.
This is a great book. It takes examples, from the traditional Jumbi Undo and Hojo Undo of Goju Ryu, to the concept of Ki and leading Ki, with their relationship to Kata, with special emphasis on Sanchin Kata. Also touching on points of history, feng shui and folk lore, all beautifully illustrated, this book really gives as a big hint as to the depth and width of Goju Ryu Karate. Goju Ryu is a real microcosm of a culture, thus to really appreciate this, practitioners, have to look beyond….. This is what the writers of “The Essence of Goju Ryu- Vol 1” have done, and this book really challenges us, practitioners, to stop, look, check, feel, think, and investigate, all with an open mind. Actually it doesn’t matter whether you are a Goju Ryu practitioner or not, any practitioner of Karate, or for that matter any practitioner of an Eastern Art would find this book most valuable and inspiring. Actually you don’t even have to agree with the writers conclusions, for the fact is that the... More > gauntlet has been thrown down for us to look at our own practice and to realize the next level. I am really looking forward to Vol 2. One thing I would like to have seen, but this might just be my laziness, is a bibliography at the back of the book. Texts and D.V.D’s are quoted in the text but I think that it would be helpful to the reader if they were easy to find all in one place. I would also like to express my gratitude to the writers who spent so much time to write this book, to share their research and findings, who have accepted their responsibility to their art, not to let it die but to pass on to the next generation. S. Eddie 5th Dan Goju Ryu. Kyoto Japan< Less
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