The Essence of Goju Ryu - Vol II
by Richard Barrett

This second book in the 'Essence of Goju Ryu' series explores the principles that form the basis of Okinawan Goju-Ryu. Concentrating upon the various Tachi Waza, Uke Waza, and Atemi Waza, this work provides a host of Hojo Undo exercises and paired drills to assist the intermediate practitioner in adding greater depth to their understanding of Kata.

More than just a description of exercises, this work will encourage the student to find the subtle links which weave together the various aspects of Karate, and find the true value in its practices.

Packed with photographs, this work takes the reader back in time to see how legends such as Higashionna Kanryo and Miyagi Chojun crafted their tools.



Tachi Waza: Shiko Dachi; Pulling Rocks; Sashi Ishi; Neko Ashi Dachi; Zenkutsu Dachi; Sanchin Dachi; Hikite/Oshite; Nigiri Gami; Using the Nigiri Gami; Goju-Ryu no Ashi Sabaki; Kata Renshu Using Nigiri Gami; Turning and Pivoting; Koshi; Ma'ai and Contact; Conclusion.

Uke Waza: Sandan Gi; Tachi Sandan Gi; Sandan Gi Dai Ni.

Defensive Principles: Closest Limb Meets the Attack; Meet the Strike at the Earliest Opportunity; Redirection; Blending; Polishing the Tou; Unbalancing; Unbalancing to Break the Rhythm; Pulling to Unbalance; Tou Kake Uke; Ishi Nigiri; Kake Uke Pull Downs; Kake Uke Using Tou; Defend and Attack from a Stable Base; Conclusion.

Tai Tanren: Sune Kitae; Momo Kitae; Fukubu Kitae; Ude Kitae; Tai Tanren and the Ego.

Atemi Waza: Seiken; Supplementary Practices; Blunt or Sharp; Blunt Tools; Striking the Stone; The Tou; Sandbag; Sharp Tools; Nukite; Taketaba; Ishi Bako; Shoken & Nakadaka Ippon Ken; Sand/Stone Bag; Machiwara; Sokusen Geri; Miscellaneous Techniques; Conclusion.

Miscellaneous Thoughts on Kata Renshu



The Essence of Goju Ryu - Vol 1
by Richard Barrett

This book represents many years of combined research into the fascinating art of Goju Ryu Karate-Do concerning the relationship between Junbi Undo, Hojo Undo and Sanchin.

Covering the history, correct practise, advanced Qigong and esoteric studies within these traditions, this work is aimed directly at the intermediate or advanced practitioner seeking to add greater depth to their understanding of these areas, and how to effectively apply them to the advanced classical kata of Goju Ryu.

Topics include:

  • Junbi Undo - Theory and practise;

  • The origins of Sanchin;

  • The Go and Ju of Sanchin;

  • Shime - Application and theory;

  • Go and Ju in relation to the body;

  • Sanchin no Chikara Michi (strength paths of Sanchin);

  • Sanchin Qigong exercises;

  • San Tanden (the 3 tanden);

  • Ancient beliefs which influenced the development of kata.

“No matter how you may excel in the art of Karate, and in your scholastic endeavors,
nothing is more important than your behavior and your humanity as observed in daily life.”