Kale Junbi-Undo 8 jnbi onto the right leg and keep the left leg stretched out, with the foot and toes flat on the ground Figure A. From here lift up your big toe Figure B and hold for a second before returning it to the ground, gripping the floor, and lifting the smaller toes Figure C off the ground. While it is not my intention to deny the importance of warming up before karate training of any sort begins in earnest, it has to be said that the activities engaged in under this banner can often fall short when it comes to the question of preparing junbl body and mind for the demands of karate. The makiage kigu wrist roller is a weight hanging by a rope from a wooden handle. This is used similar to the Jari Bako by striking the fingers into it.

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But with so many instructors going professional with Karate and with the internet allowing easy access to many other methods of training that can cloud the path, is Junbi Undo slowly starting to disintegrate? To determine this, we must first look at what Junbi Undo is. Stretching exercises are performed which simultaneously strengthen the body and develop stamina.

Each practice will be concluded with the same exercises, as the breathing is regulated and clam. Yobi Undo has enabled the student to learn the fundamental Kata with greater ease and understanding.

As for the actual execution of the exercises, the correct explanations today come from Higaonna Morio Sensei. Chojun Sensei passed the actual execution of technique on to Anichi Sensei. Using the traditional Junbi Undo exercises and coupling them with some good old fashioned hard work, will benefit any Karate-ka greatly. For example, we use our toes as weapons in Kakie, for some kicks and to stop us in suri ashi movements; so performing toe exercises that promote flexibility and strengthen the small muscle groups is going to be not only beneficial but useful.

How Even though we have now briefly identified the specific Goju-ryu exercises, what is the best way or order to practice or teach them? High graded instructors around the world all have their different methods, but a few things can be identified between them all.

Firstly, Junbi Undo starts at the toes and works its way up to the highest muscle groups in the body. Secondly, that many of the movements are co-ordinated with long and short breathing — which are the underlying guidelines of Junbi Undo.

As for methods from this point, as I mentioned there are many different ones from many senior instructors around the world. He details that he believes there are 3 main phases to Junbi Undo : 1 — Increase body temperature and stretching. Another method I see and one I myself generally use, it to stretch the area then work, strengthen and condition it. For example: I will stretch my toes, move my knees, stretch my legs, hips and shiko dachi, working in an upwards fashion.

After the whole body has been worked, then strength building and spirit exercises like Push ups, sit ups and squats can be performed. There are other methods I have seen, such as lightly stretching the whole body from head to toe, then returning to the feet and working back to the top with conditioning exercises. All these methods are just good as each other and will work as long as they use the specificity movements like the ones Higaonna Sensei has shown in the video clip earlier.

Simple or Genius? Miyagi Chojun Sensei was not a silly man. His wealth and his character made him quite a nobleman in Okinawan society. Be this luck or fate, Chojun Sensei used his position to consult with doctors, medical professionals and to purchase readings to increase his knowledge of the body, when creating Junbi Undo. However what he did instead stands as a true testament to our system.

Chojun Sensei created simple movements that anybody could practice, rather than ones that take years to master. For example, Furi Yagi leg swinging is not an overly difficult exercise, you just lock you knee and swing your leg as high as you can. Exercises like this which are simple in their nature and more challenging in their execution, suit the masses.

As in free fighting scenarios and with all Goju-ryu training simple ideas and methods work; Chojun Sensei kept this ideal within our style when he creating Junbi Undo. This simple system was a stroke of pure genius. If you work hard with your Junbi Undo and combine it with the other facets of our system, you will reap with the rewards and in doing so, keep this treasure piece of our style preserved and safe.


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