The Burinkan Dojo (武林館道場)

About the Burinkan

Empty-Hand Arts:

  Okinawan Goju-Ryu

  Ngo Cho Kun

  Pak Mei Kuen

Weapon Arts:

  Okinawan Kobudo

  Integrated Eskrima



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Book: Principle-driven Skill Development

"I highly recommend this book, not only for its reference value in application principles and practices, but also for its unique structure surrounding teaching models that support the principle-driven skillsets, which are central to Okinawan karate in general, and to Goju Ryu specifically.

I believe the work of this young master is destined to become a 'go-to' reference for all practitioners of the traditional fighting arts, irrespective of style."
-Hanshi Patrick McCarthy

"In the following pages, Russ Smith, presents an insightful, intriguing survey of the Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate style through the perspective of its Chinese influences. Each chapter contains an exceptional index and array of formative concepts for principle-driven teaching and training models, and also serves as a beneficial guide from which to align and substantiate methods for the progression of learning and teaching. "
-Sensei Marcus Davila

"I think both veteran and novice martial artists will enjoy it and find that some experimentation with these ideas will have a positive effect on their art. It represents many hours of hard work and experimentation, of distilling what he has been taught, and of working on how to best pass that knowledge on. It is extraordinary that he shares it, as not everyone wants to give their best stuff to the public! Enjoy. "
-Sensei Fred Lohse

To give a sense of the principles selected for discussion in the book, here is a general outline / table of contents:

  • General
    • Defend yourself, Control your attacker
    • Forms of Control
    • Defining "advanced"
    • Timing - after, during, before
    • Aggression
    • Stretching techniques
    • Face the front
    • Closest Weapon, Closest Target
    • Flow around obstructions
    • Fill the Dead Space / Time
    • Flanking & "Proper" hand
  • Tools
    • 3 gates
    • 3 segments
    • Hands don't chase hands
    • Control 2 with 1
    • Beware 2 on 1
    • Keep weapons on-line
    • 8 Bridging Concepts
      • Create
      • Disengage
      • Move
      • Detain
      • Cross
      • Break
      • Stick
      • Transfer
  • Power
    • Unified Body
    • Strong vs. Weak
    • Attack Posture / Balance
    • -Seek the Center
    • -Four Movement Concepts
    • Short Power
    • Be first to change the energy
  • Teaching
    • Teach students WITH UNDERSTANDING
    • -Use principles to error-correct
    • Identify principle-related skills
    • Prioritize skill-development over memorization
    • Provide a progressive teaching model
    • Provide a platform for pressure-testing and experimentation


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