Definition and characteristics of Goju-Ryu
Goju-Ryu is a traditional Okinawan style of karate with an extensive history. The translation of the word Goju-Ryu actually means “hard-soft style,” which refers to the closed hand techniques (hard) and open hand techniques and circular movements (soft) that comprise this martial art, which is based in Chinese principles. Goju-Ryu combines hard striking attacks such as kicks and punches with softer circular techniques for blocking and controlling the opponent, including locks, grappling, takedowns and throws. Major emphasis is given to correct breathing, body strengthening and conditioning.