Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Last week we started breaking down "Kururunfa" which means "Holding Ground"

Kururunfa epitomizes the ideals of Go-"hard and Ju-"soft".   Stance transitions are quick and explosive while the hands techniques are employed using "muchimi" or a heavy, sticky movement.  As in the other kata of Goju-Ryu, it is quite evident that grappling and close-quartered fighting is the favored fighting style.  The same kanji is found in Saifa. Again, this would suggest a strong empahsis on grappling. Where most other styles' Kata concentrate on "block/punch", it is obvious from the unique techniques that this is not the case with Goju-Ryu.

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