Goju Ryu & Udundi


Gōjū-ryū (剛柔流), 

(Japanese for "hard-soft style") Is one of the 3 major traditional Okinawan styles of karate, featuring a combination of hard and soft techniques. Both principles, hard and soft, come from the famous martial arts book Bubishi (Chinese: wu bei ji), used by Okinawan masters during the 19th and 20th centuries. Go, which means hard, refers to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks; Ju, which means soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements. Goju-ryu incorporates both circular and linear movements into its curriculum, combining hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent, including locks, chokes, grappling, takedowns and throws.

Major emphasis is given to breathing correctly in all of the katas but particularly in the Sanchin kata which is one of two core katas of this style. The second kata is called Tensho, meant to teach the student about the soft (ju) style of the system. Goju-ryu practices methods that include body strengthening and conditioning, its basic approach to fighting (distance, stickiness, power generation, etc.), and partner drills. Sensei Takahata brought Shorei-Kan Goju-ryu to Oklahoma in 1968. 

Ryūkyū Udundi (琉球御殿手),

Ryukyu Udundi is an Okinawan Gotente (Palace Hand) style from the time of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It was once referred to as ushu-ganashi-mē no bugei, or "his majesty's martial art." The current name comes from the fact that it was passed down through the Ryukyuan noble family of the udun rank, with the di coming from ti, meaning bujutsu--martial art--in Ryukyuan. Ryukyu udundi is considered a "general" martial art in that it makes use of punching and kicking striking techniques, joint locking and throwing techniques known as tuiti, and a variety of weapons.

The basic Ryukyu udundi stance is upright with knees straight--a stance called tachū-gwaa. The heels are slightly raised with weight resting on the balls of the feet. In attacking and defending, the chest is lifted and movement occurs from the belly, with the feet moving smoothly in any direction.

In addition to the “hard” techniques of strikes and kicks, Ryukyu udundi has a system of joint locks and throws called tuiti.  The aim of tuiti is to subdue an opponent without causing harm, in the spirit of royal benevolence.

Ryukyu udundi also makes use of weapons, and following motode, the study of bare-hand techniques and weapon techniques occurs concurrently. Weapons used include bō (staff), jō, uēku (modified oar), and paired tanbō (short bō), nūchiku (nunchaku), tonfa, sai, and kama (sickle).


In addition, Ryukyu udundi uses bladed weapons that lower-ranking members of the military class did not possess, such as the sword (katana), spear, and naginata. This is a significant characteristic of the royal Motobu Udun’s ti.

Sensei Khalid M.S. holds a Godan (5th degree) black belt, and Menkyo (Teaching License) in Okinawan Shoreikan Goju Ryu Karate. At age 34 Sensei Khalid was the youngest foreign Okinawan Goju Ryu practitioner to hold the title of Shihan (Master Instructor).  Abdalla aka Dalla to his close friends, also holds a 2nd degree black belt in Japanese Police style Judo and Japanese Aiki Jujutsu. He has also trained in the sport based arts of Muay Thai Kickboxing  Judo  and Brazilian Jujitsu. He is one of only two people in North America to obtain black belt rank in Ryukyu Udundi, the style practiced by the Ryukyu King’s personal bodyguard during the time of the Ryukyu kingdom, and is one of less than 100 people in the world to obtain this black belt.  Sensei Khalid has studied the Kenjutsu (sword arts) of Motobu (Ryukyu) Udundi, Daito Ryu, Katori Shinto Ryu, and Kendo. Sensei Khalid has studied martial arts in Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate. He has trained with martial arts masters including Grand Master Seiji Urasaki (Soke) of Shorei-Kan Goju Ryu, Master Tadashi Yamashita of Shorin Ryu, Master Kiyohide Shinjyo of Uechi Ryu, Master Masatoshi Arikawa (Soke) of Ryukyu Hidden Bujutsu Ti (Udundi), and Master Keizo Matsuda (Shihan) of Ryukyu Hidden Bujutsu Ti (Udundi), Shorin Ryu, Okinawa Kempo.    

    Sensei Khalid holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Clinical Psychology with a Minor in Kinesiology and a Masters of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Science.  Sensei Khalid is also an American College of Sports Medicine  (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer & Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, as well as a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Sensei Khalid continues to study acupuncture, Chinese Medican and medical anatomy in order to deeper understand the roots of Goju Ryu.        

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