Goju Ryu Karate with Cassandra Sampieri – Makiwara Monday

The picture shows Cassandra Sampieri doing a Goju Ryu Karate kata at a tournament.

Goju Ryu Karate is a very powerful style. The practicioners generate a lot of force through an explosive hip-rotation in an upright standing position. They usually stay much higher than Shotokan karateka. Tachi waza like deep zenkutsu-dachi are not charecteristic for Goju Ryu Karate. However, through a rough and rigorous physical training with plenty of hojo undo (additional training) with weigths, bars, makiwara, and other gear the karateka become extraordinary powerful.

Cassandra Sampieri from France belongs to the many young and very talented Goju Ryu Karate athletes. The three times french kata champion also trains at the makiwara. Cassandra shows in the following video how to execuete a powerful and devastating tate shuto uke applied, however, as a striking technique. This techniques has a devastating effect when it hits the solar plexus or the clavicle.

When was your last makiwara session?

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