Gojushiho-sho

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Gojushiho-sho

Streaming video from Amazon.com

The kata Gojushiho-sho is one of the longest katas in Shotokan karate. It features many changes of direction, an unusual form of spearhand and a useful combination against an attack from the rear. The kata uses small changes of the wrist that can be used to control an opponent without the need for a large space for movement. Gojushiho-Sho is interesting in both the seeming simplicity of the movements, while at the same time presenting a depth of meaning for self-defense.

The kata is demonstrated by Sensei Joel Ertl.

The video includes:

Introduction and Embusen:
The kata is shown slowly with a general description of the main points. The kata is then demonstrated with the help of animated computer graphics so you can learn the “embusen” (performance line).

Move by Move:
Next the kata is demonstrated close up with verbal explanations to allow the student to follow along.

Detailed Breakdown:
The most difficult aspects of each kata are then demonstrated from a variety of angles, along with an explanation of the fine points of the movements.

Kata Applications:
Kata applications (bunkai) are demonstrated and explained.

Full Speed Demonstration:
Sensei Ertl demonstrates the kata with the correct speed and tempo.