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gekisai

Gekisai dai ichi (Attack & Smash I)

Geki means to "attack," and Sai means to "smash;" and as a compound Dai Ichi means "the first" or "number one."

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Gekisai dai ni (Attack & Smash II)

Geki means to "attack," and Sai means to "smash;" and as a compound Dai Ni means "the second" or "number two."

sanchin

Sanchin (Three Battles)

San means "three" and chin mean "battle." (mind, body, and spirit) 

tensho

Tensho (Rotating Palms)

Ten means "turning" or "shifting," and Sho means "palm." 

saifa

Saifa (Smash & Destroy)

Sai means "smash" or "break," and Fa means "tear," or "destroy."

seienchin

Seiyunchin (To Control and Pull in Battle)

Sei means "to control," Yun means "to pull," and Chin means "to do battle." 

sanseiru

Sanseiru (36 Hands)

San mean three, Sei means "ten," and Ru means "six." 

shisochin

Shisochin (Four Direction Battle)

Shi means "four," So means "direction," and Chin means "battle"

seipai

Sepai (18 Hands)

Sei means" ten," and Pai means "eight" 

seisan

Seisan (13 Hands)

Sei means "ten" and San means "three." 

kururunfa

Kururunfa (control for a long time and suddenly defeat)

Ku means "a long time," Ru means "keep in place" or "stop from moving," Run means "suddenly," and Fa means "destroy" or "tear."

superinpai

Suparinpei (108 Hands)

Su means "one," Pa means "hundred," Rin means "zero," and Pei means "eight." 

Taikyoku Katas

Taikyoku means "first course". It is also, according to a translator of the Karate-Do Kyohan, " a philosophical term denoting the macrocosm before its differentiation into heaven and earth: hence, chaos or the void".

Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of the Shotokan style, created the original Taikyoku series.

The Goju Ryu versions have been modified to reflect elements within the style, such as the Shiko Dachi and Sanchin stances.

Taikyoku are as follows:

  • * Taikyoku Jodan
  • * Taikyoku Chudan
  • * Taikyoku Gedan
  • * Taikyoku Kake-Uke/ Hiki-Uke
  • * Taikyoku Mawashi Uke

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Shihan Humphrey Skosana's Kuyu kai Karate South Africa teaches the traditional Goju-ryu karate of Osamu Hirano (Saiko Shihan) of Japan.