Goju-Ryu Kata Meanings
This page looks at the meaning behind each Goju-Ryu Karate kata. Knowledge of these kata meanings are often part of Goju-Ryu belt tests. Be aware that the order of these kata can vary from school to school. Please check with your Sensei for the proper kata sequence taught at your school.
If you are looking for videos and/or written instructions for these kata (i.e. to prepare for a belt test), please visit the main Goju-Ryu Katas section.
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Goju-Ryu Kata Meanings – Click on individual katas in order to view kata videos, etc.
- Gekisai Dai Ichi – Attack & Destroy One
- Gekisai Dai Ni – Attack & Destroy Two
- Saifa – Smash & Tear
- Seiyunchin – To Control & Pull
- Sepai – 18 Hands
- Shisochin – Fight In Four Directions
- Sanseiru – 36 Hands
- Kururunfa – To Hold & Strike Suddenly
- Seisan – 13 Hands
- Suparinpei – 108 Hands
- Sanchin – Three Battles
- Tensho – Revolving Hands, Rotating Palms, etc.