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John is a ni dan (2nd degree) black belt in goju-ryu, and trains individuals for rank up to/including black belt (1st degree). He has received supplemental training in ba gua, tai chi, pentjak silat, escrima, and thai boxing, along with qigong, meditation and the spiritual arts. His book, Whispers in the Silence, is a guide to cultivating your energy fields and tapping into the mastery at your core. He has trained and taught both at home and in the dojo for more than 40 years, and shares insights and home training tips to enhance the ability of other practitioners.
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Drill: Chambering Your Kick

We continue drawing on other martial arts to supplement your understanding of technique – the fundamentals of which in many cases are so essential that they transcend the fighting system. Today we’re focusing on kicks, or more particularly, the raising of the knee with the lower leg drawn back before

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Home Training Challenges
Self-Discipline is Key

You’ve probably been at this karate stuff for a while. But now in many places you’re locked down, unable to get to the dojo to workout with the group. In others they’ve just plain put the fear of God into you that you’ll catch that infernal coronovirus that’s been going

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In Search of Ju

When I started in goju-ryu way back when, the point was driven home that not only was the system training in the “go” or hard aspects of martial combat, but also the “ju” of its softer side. Unfortunately, the ju aspects were mostly given lip service without much emphasis in

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Drill: Moving Around the Center Line

The purpose of this workout is to begin understanding the concept of the center line, which is a vertical plane between: 1) a vertical line running down the center of your body; and a vertical line running down the center of your opponent’s body. It will involve side-stepping, body movement

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Kata, Members Only
Sanchin Kata Evolution

Here’s a unique video showing the development of Sanchin kata. I think you’ll find it interesting. Please note that this is NOT provided as instructional material, but for general information and illustration only. The version of Sanchin kata we teach varies. Check with your instructor for proper form and movement.

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Supplemental Training

Goju at Home was created to provide online training for students in traditional practice and techniques, as well as to supplement their normal goju practice with drills and other material to enhance their knowledge and increase their proficiency in the martial arts. Our blog will include material on movement, generation

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