Goju Shorei questions


Senior Master
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Dec 20, 2005
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Sunny San Antonio, TX
I did a quick search for this subject and had no luck, so here's a question or two for anyone with experience or knowledge of the Goju Shorei system.

For background, lot can be found at: http://www.gojushorei.com/Goju-Shorei_Home.php




From casual observation, a question that I have for anyone who studies it, and tangentially anyone who trains came as a weapon, are there many techniques for people who actually need to use a cane? Much of what I've seen regarding cane techniques require you to be relatively self-supporting and mobile without it.

Also, looking at the empty hand techniques, they look a lot like American Kenpo derivatives (not surprising, due to the Goju Shorei founder's background). How much variation is there in the karate system compared to the weapons system?

Finally, as it relates to the jujutsu system, looking for a comparison with other systems of traditional jujutsu and bjj.

MT is usually my first stop for all MA related questions, so lets see what we can dig up!


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Nov 8, 2012
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I actually studied Goju Shorei for a short time... I found it to be very similar to "typical" karate systems... The weapon system was unique, but still had the same tone as the empty hand system (as far as rigid form demonstrations and movements). I personally enjoyed the system for time that I was involved, but I found it to clash with my personal style. I would recommend this system for anyone who has trained in one of the more widely known martial arts (TKD, Kenpo, Aikido, Etc.) because it adds more tools to what you know and is presented in what I would consider a more "familiar" format to those styles.

As far as the techniques for people who actually need to use a cane... I guess that would depend greatly on the extent to which a cane was needed... For instance, if a persons leg was so totally gone that the only way they could stand and walk was with a cane, I would be inclined to say "probably not". Now, for someone who uses a cane in a less predominant fashion- but still out of necessity, I would say that there are some practical applications.

I hope this helps a little bit :)

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