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    Specific Goju Ryu Question: Mantis connection?

    Ok so I'm low down in the system, coming up for 5th kyu, but something I've wondered about but failed to find any sort of answer to a specific question on the Kururunfa kata. I have seen multiple sources claiming it is derived from 'Chinese Praying Mantis' kung fu (but never a specification of it being Northern Tang Lang or the Southern Mantis style. Is there anyone who knows more on this here? I've always been somewhat curious about Goju Ryu's Chinese connections to see what the sources were and how the compare, or if I would be effectively learning aspects of another style within Goju Ryu itself.

  2. #2

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    Well, I never did goju ryu karate.

    This video might be of some use to you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao_7eI6g3xk

    It shows kata with bunkai performed by Morio Higaonna sensei.

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    Well Pat McCarthy, 9th Dan Gojo-Ryu, usually includes demonstrations of Mantis in his seminars, cos he said that was the first Form he studied. You might want to check with Joost Frehe, who is one of his students and runs a club at London Fields - you can google it. Hanshi McCarthy usually makes annual visits to the UK, Ireland and Europe or you can check his links. Good luck.

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