The Goju-Ryu training method can be divided into four main categories.
In each category the individual is given instruction at the most basic level until the techniques become spontaneous. As the student advances technically, they progress physically and develop greater stamina. At the same time they learn increasingly intricate kata and more dynamic forms of kumite.
As the student approaches black belt level, technique, stamina, speed and co-ordination become natural as a result of intensive practice. It is at this stage that the serious students discover the wonderful world that karate has opened to them.
The object of true karate practice is the perfection of ones self through perfection of the art.
Kihon ("basics": the practice of blocks, punches, kicks and stances)
Kata ("form": pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations)
Kumite ("sparring": combat situations practiced with an opponent)
Hojo Undo ("supplementary training": the use of weights and implements to increase strength and agility)