Shorin Goju Training Syllabus.

Kyu belt which is black with a white stripe may be used in class in place of colored belts at the discretion of the class instructor.  Students may wear their colored belts for competitions. 

White belt – 10th kyu    Kohai

             Kihon ido Stretching and basic blocks, punches hand skills and kicks.

             Standing chikung breathing

             Kihon waza     

Yellow belt – 9th kyu

            18 Arhat exercises

            Great walking chikung

            History of Goju 

Orange belt – 8th kyu

            Gekisai dai Ichi (To destroy 1)

            Fu ron hei chi kung

            History of Karate in Okinawa 

Blue belt – 7th kyu

            Sanchin (three battles)

            Iron wire chikung

             History of Fukien Shaolin (Shorin) Temple boxing 

Green Belt – 6th kyu

            Fire and water chikung

            History of Shaolin (Shorin) Martial arts 

Purple belt – 5th kyu

             Gekisai dai ni (to destroy 2)

            Limb of the mantis

            Early origins of Karate 

Purple belt black tip- 4th kyu

            Swimming dragon chikung 

Brown Belt – 3rd kyu

            Saifa (destroy by pounding)

            Understanding the martial arts world today 

Brown Belt one tip- 2nd kyu

            Seiyuchin (grasp, pull unbalance)           

Brown Belt two tips- 1st kyu

            Shisochin (destroy in 4 directions) 

Shodan Black belt        Sempai

            Sanseru (36 hands/moves)

            Tensho (rotating palms)

            Golden flower chikung

            Iron Hand conditioning  

            Japanese Terminology                     


            Sepai (18 hands/moves)

            Kururunfa (holding and striking suddenly mantis skills)

            Black tiger hand conditioning

            Chin na (seizing controls)

            Instructor skills must be completed to advance beyond Nidan. 

Sandan             Sensei

            Sesan (13 hands/moves)

            Suparenpei (108 hands/moves)

            Tien Hsueh (vital points) Duann Mei (veins) Tsouh Guh (dislocating joints)        


            Bi Chi (stopping breath)

            Kiajitsu (sound)           


            Splashing hands

            Chi kuan ta (attacking organs)



            Ching lo meridian theories



            Nui kung


Hachidan          Shihan

            Ching lo attacks







Kihon ido and Kihon waza are to continue to be learned during all kyu ranks.  


* Each rank after Sandan is strongly urged to also learn one traditional Kata originating in Southern China but which is not a standard Goju kata.

 These are the Kata that are preserved in Goju, nine of which are of Chinese Fukien Kung fu origin, three having been developed in Okinawa. These Kata are required for advancement in Shorin Goju but the student is urged to add other Kata to his or her repertoire. There are many Chinese forms preserved in the Okinawan Karate traditions that have developed along side Goju and students are urged to explore the Kata and versions of Kata found in the other traditional schools in order to develop a greater understanding of Karate and the Fukien Shaolin (Shorin) methods.  We also include the 18 Arhat exercises from which Shaolin martial arts started along with the 18 Arhat form and the training exercise known as Limb of the Mantis and other training methods and Chinese skills.


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