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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?

4 thoughts on “Goju Ryu Karate with Cassandra Sampieri – Makiwara Monday

  1. I met a Goju Ryu Karateka. He told me to inhale during block and exhale during attack. What shall I say, in Join (Shotokan) this advice was very helpful. Normally I am doing “abnoe Jion”, means, after 75% I am completely out of breath and I get dizzy. But inhaling during block technique, the whole Kata is powerful and smoth.

  2. A great article.

  3. Nice, analytical article! Sterling! Thank you for incorporating my hints: you found a great quote from Andre Bertel! Tamano Toshio, a Gôjû-practitioner states in his book “Miyagi Chôjun no Okinawa Karate ni Karate o manabu” that when you train on your own, “Ibuki” should be inaudible. The making of a sound was initially employed for the teacher to show where to exhale and inhale properly and for checking the correct breathing of the student by ear. Funakoshi Gichin is said to have perceived too loud Ibuki as “vulgar”! As to buddhist and daoist breathing: I asked my Taijiquan teacher and he maintains either is good, you should feel comfortable and most of all it should feel natural. Advanced practitioners prefer daoist breathing in standing meditation, that’s also the easiest way to learn and practice it! Once more thanks a lot for the in-depth-analysis, cheers, Wolf

  4. Dear Andreas, in my experience breathing-in during blocks makes them weaker in execution. When you reach out, you inhale, when you execute the block you exhale. That works also in well in Jion, so it does hot have to become an apnoe excercise. Yoroshiku Punito

    Dear Wolf, thank you for your regards and your articles, great to play it back and forth with you, there is more to come! Yoroshiku Punito

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