Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Jutsu Concepts & Philosophy
"The Teachings of Kenshikai Goju-Ryu"
The purpose of this book is to help better understand the Okinawa Goju Ryu System of karate, as it was originally intended by exploring the old to understand the new (温故知新 Onkochishin).
Our desire is to present a guide towards understanding the classical or old style (Koryū 古流) Goju-Ryu (剛柔流) Karate-jutsu (空手術) (not Karate-do 空手道) Kata and System from the Kenshikai lineage perspective. Goju-Ryu is a concept and self-defense based system influenced by Southern Chinese Boxing (Quanfa 拳法) specifically by White Crane Boxing. It also includes other animal systems as incorporated into the various Kata.
We must analyze and interpret Kata with an understanding of its history and origins. The underlying concepts/principles of the Kata can be extracted if we understand the origins and the influences. One can equate this to Bunkai (分解); however, it goes much deeper than that. The concepts that we will attempt to seek are those of the classical Okinawan Karate (pre WWII era) where the focus was more on life preservation skills rather than on mental and physical discipline.
A brief history of the development of Okinawan Karate and specifically GoJu Ryu is presented here. This is not intended to be an all-encompassing historical text, but rather provide some key historical facts to preserve the history without alteration or bias.