List Of Goju Ryu Techniques, Kata and Kumite Drills

List of Goju Ryu Techniques

This post covers a list of most common Goju Ryu stances, techniques, kata and fighting drills.

Goju Ryu Stances (Tachi Kata)

  1. Heisoku dachi (閉足立): feet together stance, a formal attention stance
  2. Musubi dachi (結び立): feet at 45° angle, an informal attention stance
  3. Heiko dachi (平行立): feet parallel, attention stance
  4. Heiko sanchin dachi (平行三戦立ち): paralleled-hourglass stance
  5. Sanchin dachi (三戦立): hourglass stance or three battle stance, this stance is used in Sanchin kata
  6. Hachiji dachi (八字立): character eight (八) stance
  7. Naihanchi dachi (内歩進立): horse riding stance, also known as kiba dachi
  8. Shiko dachi (四股立): “square stance” or “straddle leg stance”
  9. Yokomuki shiko dachi“: “sideways shiko dachi” or “sideways straddle stance”.
  10. Naname shiko dachi: diagonal shiko dachi
  11. Zenkutsu dachi (前屈立): front stance or forward stance
  12. Han zenkutsu dachi (半前屈立): half front stance or half forward stance
  13. Kokutsu dachi (後屈立): back stance
  14. Hanmi kokutsu dachi  (半後屈立): half-turned back stance
  15. Moto dachi (基立): “basic stance” or “foundational stance”.
  16. Bensoku dachi: scissors stance or cross-legged stance
  17. Renoji dachi (レの字立): character “レ” stance
  18. Neko ashi dachi (猫足立): cat stance
  19. Sagi ashi dachi (鷺足立): heron-foot stance
  20. Sesan dachi (十三立): “thirteen stance” or “side facing straddle stance” (appear in Sesan kata).

Receiving Techniques (Uke Waza)

  1. Jodan age uke: rising block at the head level
  2. Jodan soto yoko uke: upper level block from inside outward
  3. Jodan uchi yoko uke: upper level block from outside inward
  4. Chudan uchi uke: middle level block from outside inward
  5. Gedan barai: downward sweeping block
  6. Hiki uke: pulling block
  7. Kake uke: hook block
  8. Jodan hiki uke: upper level pulling block
  9. Chudan hiki uke: middle level pulling block
  10. Hiji uke: elbow block
  11. Ko uke: wrist block
  12. Jodan ko uke: high wrist block
  13. Yoko ko uke: side wrist block
  14. Morote ko uke: double handed wrist block
  15. Kosa uke: cross block (also called juji uke)
  16. Shotei barai: palm heel block
  17. Gedan shotei barai: downward palm heel block
  18. Shotei uke: palm heel block
  19. Chudan shotei yoko uke: middle level open hand block to the side
  20. Otoshi uke: dropping block
  21. Shotei otoshi uke: open hand dropping block
  22. Shuto uke: knife hand block
  23. Sukui uke: scooping block
  24. Morote sukui uke: double handed scooping block
  25. Chudan sukui uke: middle level scooping block
  26. Jodan nagashi uke: upper level sweeping block
  27. Sune uke: shin block
  28. Teisho uke: palm heal block
  29. Tora guchi: tiger mouth block (also called mawashi uke)
  30. Hiza soto uke: knee block from inside out
  31. Hiza uchi uke: knee block from outside inward
  32. Hojo uke: augmented block
  33. Haiwan age uke: rising block using the back of the forearm with the hands rising vertically up
  34. Morote osae uke: double hand controlling block
  35. Morote mawashi uke: doubled handed circular block
  36. Hasami uke: scissor block

Hand Striking Techniques (Uchi Waza)

  1. Seiken choku tsuki: straight forefist strike
  2. Oi tsuki: lunge punch
  3. Ura tsuki: close short punch with inverted fist
  4. Age tsuki: rising punch or uppercut
  5. Gyaku tsuki: reverse punch
  6. Kizami tsuki: leading hand punch or jab
  7. Mawashi tsuki: roundhouse punch
  8. Furi tsuki: swing or circular punch
  9. Kagi tsuki: short hook punch
  10. Awase tsuki: u-punch or double fist punch
  11. Nigiri awase tsuki: joined punch
  12. Yama tsuki: mountain punch
  13. Shotei tsuki: palm heel thrust
  14. Tateken tsuki: vertical punch (top of hand facing the outside)
  15. Heiko tsuki: parallel punch
  16. Nakadaka ippon-ken tsuki: middle finger knuckle fist punch
  17. Sanren tsuki: three consecutive punch
  18. Sanbon tsuki: triple punch
  19. Uraken uchi: back fist strike
  20. Ko uchi: bent-wrist strike
  21. Shuto uchi: knife-hand strike
  22. Shuto mawashi uchi: roundhouse knife-hand strike
  23. Shuto hasami uchi: scissoring knife-hand strike
  24. Haito uchi: blunt-side sword, knife-hand strike, or ridge hand strike
  25. Furi uchi: swing strike
  26. Gedan furi uchi: low swinging strike
  27. Tettsui uchi: iron hammer strike
  28. Gedan tettsui uchi: low hammer strike
  29. Morote mawashi uchi: double hand circular strike
  30. Kinteki uchi: groin strike
  31. Kote uchi: forearm strike
  32. Boshiken tsuki: thumb fist strike
  33. Keikoken tsuki: one knuckle punch
  34. Nukite tsuki: spear hand
  35. Kaiko-ken: crab-shell fist
  36. Hiji ate: elbow strike (also called empi uchi or hiji uchi)
  37. Age hiji ate: risking elbow strike
  38. Ushiro hiji ate: backward elbow strike
  39. Yoko hiji ate: elbow strike to the side
  40. Mawashi hiji ate: roundhouse elbow strike
  41. Otoshi hiji ate: falling elbow strike
  42. Kou-to ate: head strike, head butt
  43. Shotei oshi: palm push
  44. Hojo oshi: supported push (appear in Seiyunchin kata)
  45. Naiwan uchi: inside forearm strike
  46. Gaiwan uchi: outside forearm strike

Kicking Techniques (Keri Waza)

  1. Kin geri: groin kick
  2. Mae geri: front kick
  3. Tsumasaki mae geri: kick with the tips of the toes
  4. Mawashi geri: round house kick
  5. Jodan mawashi geri: upper roundhouse kick
  6. Gyaku mawashi geri: reverse roundhouse kick
  7. Ushiro geri: back kick
  8. Kaiten ushiro mawashi geri: turning backward roundhouse kick
  9. Yoko geri: side kick
  10. Yoko geri keage: side snap kick
  11. Yoko geri kekomi: side thrust kick
  12. Gedan yoko geri: low side kick
  13. Kansetsu geri: knee joint kick
  14. Hiza geri: knee kick (also called hiza ate)
  15. Mawashi hiza geri: roundhouse knee kick
  16. Fumikomi geri: stomp kick
  17. Kakato geri: kick with heels
  18. Mae kakato geri: front kick with heels
  19. Kakato fumikomi geri: stomping kick with the heel
  20. Kakato otoshi: heel drop kick
  21. Tobi geri: jumping kick
  22. Tobi nidan geri: two level jumping kick
  23. Tobi mae geri: front frying kick or front jumping kick
  24. Tobi yoko geri: jumping side kick
  25. Tobi mawashi geri: jumping roundhouse kick
  26. Tobi hiza geri: jumping knee kick

Grappling Techniques

  1. Tsukami waza: grabbing techniques
  2. Hiki waza: pulling techniques
  3. Oshi waza: pushing techniques
  4. Hazusu waza: freeing techniques
  5. Hiji age waza: elbow lifting techniques
  6. Oase waza: controlling techniques
  7. Ashi nage: leg throw
  8. Ashi barai: leg sweep
  9. Ashi basami: leg scissors
  10. Koshi nage: throw using your hip
  11. Kata nage: throw using your shoulder
  12. Te nage: throw using your hands
  13. Furi nage: swing throw
  14. Gyaku nage: reverse throw
  15. Sukui nage: scooping throw
  16. Kubi nage: neck throw
  17. Sutemi nage: offer throw (the defender falls down in order to throw the opponent)
  18. Ashi dori: grabbing the leg

Joint Manipulation Techniques

  1. Hiji kansetsu waza: elbow joint techniques
  2. Ude kansetsu waza: arm-joint techniques
  3. Te kubi kansetsu waza: wrist joint techniques
  4. Kote kansetsu waza: wrist joint techniques
  5. Yubi kansetsu waza: finger joint techniques
  6. Kubi kansetsu waza: neck joint techniques
  7. Hiza kansetsu waza: knee joint techniques
  8. Ashi kubi kansetsu waza: ankle joint techniques
  9. Ude osae: forearm control used in a joint lock
  10. Suhei osea: horizontal control
  11. Maki age: rising arm roll
  12. Ude garami: arm weave (joint lock in which the arm of the attacker is bent and weaved into an arm lock)
  13. Hiji garami: technique in which the elbows of the opponent are crossed in order to create an arm lock
  14. Ashi or hiza garami: leg or knee weave (joint lock in which the legs of the attacker is bent and weaved into a knee lock)

Strangulation Techniques

  1. Hadaka jime: naked strangulation (strangulation without grabbing the opponent’s clothes)
  2. Eri jime: collar strangulation (strangulation in which the legs are used to strangle the opponent)

Kumite Drills

  1. Kumite: grappling hands, fighting practice
  2. Gohon kumite: five-step sparring
  3. Sanbon kumite: three-step sparring
  4. San dan gi: three-level sparring or three-level moving
  5. Kihon ippon kumite: basic one-step sparring
  6. Jyu ippon kumite: one-step sparring (block and counter-attack and then reset)
  7. Jyu kumite: freestyle sparring
  8. Randori kumite: soft freestyle sparring
  9. Ranzoku kumite: consecutive sparring
  10. Yakusoku kumite: pre-arranged sparring drills
  11. Bunkai: breaking down the movements of a kata and applying them in self-defense situations
  12. Kakie: sticking hand practice
  13. Iri kumi ju: continuous freestyle sparring with little contact or soft contact and focus on techniques
  14. Iri kumi go: continuous freestyle sparring with full contact
  15. Shiai kumite: competition sparring
  16. Oyo kumite: application sparring
  17. Semete: attacker
  18. Ukete: defender

Goju Ryu Kata

  1. Gekisai Dai Ichi
  2. Gekisai Dai Ni
  3. Saifa
  4. Seiyunchin
  5. Shisochin
  6. Sanseru
  7. Sepai
  8. Kururunfa
  9. Sesan
  10. Suparunpei
  11. Sanchin
  12. Tensho

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