Destinations London Schedules

Here you will find the full schedule for all sessions and presentations at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show London including: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, Meet The Experts Theatres 1 and 2, Experience The World & Taste The World.

To help you nagivate this page, here is a useful guide:

  • You can filter by day or by Theatre (these are known as Tracks)
  • Meet The Experts Theare 1 is coloured in dark blue
  • Meet The Experts Theare 2 is coloured in red
  • Stanfords Travel Writers Theatre is coloured in green

What are the various stages?

Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

Brought to you by Stanfords, hear inspiring talks from explorers, adventurers, historians, novelists, TV personalities and many more of the very best travel authors.

Meet The Experts Theatres 1 & 2

Expert talks covering the different corners of the globe. Speakers will give you unique insight into their experiences and take you on fascinating and memorable journeys to inspire your next adventure.

Experience The World Stage

Dive in and experience world cultures, and entertainment. Enjoy the spectacle of cultural performances and get involved with interactive displays. Here you will discover the essence of new cultures and a whole host of new destinations.

Taste The World Stage

Get a taste for unusual international delicacies with hundreds of free world food and drink samples and discover the essence of new cultures and a whole host of new destinations.

Destinations London 2019 Schedules

Meet The Experts London - Theatre 2

Sat 02 Feb 10:30 to 11:15

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Speakers:

Aleem Raheem
Co-Founder – The Earth Trip

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Sri Lanka- Why its the number one country for Travel in 2019

Sri Lanka has been named the best country in the world to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet. Sri Lanka has no parallels. Learn why this tropical island seduces so many travellers and why you should come and experience it. Sri Lanka got something for everyone. It offers diverse wildlife, one of the best places in the world spot leopards, sloth bears, elephants and blue whales, rich ancient culture with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, palm fringed beaches for surfing, snorkelling or diving, colourful mouth-watering food, stunning landscapes and walking trails of hill country, colonial history and tea hills. Sri Lanka offers so much in a small area with so much diversity. In this talk learn how best to experience the best of Sri Lanka.

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Sat 02 Feb 11:30 to 12:15

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South Africa garden route explained and explored

South Africa's Garden Route is most people’s first taste of Southern Africa. However this trip has some great twists and add ons not found in most Garden Route trips you will find. What those are you need to come to the talk. You will be glad you did as the reviews of our trip indicate how much people enjoy this area.
If you do not like spectacular scenery, great food, fantastic wine and some of the best accommodation in the World then this talk is not for you. However if this temps you join us for how to do this best and incorporate some great wildlife viewing as well.
Questions are encouraged and answered hopefully honesty and with humour.

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Sat 02 Feb 12:30 to 13:15

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Paul Goldstein
Guide, Wildlife Photographer & Presenter

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Georgia on my mind - Antarctica and South Georgia

Guide and photographer Paul Goldstein has spent many months of his life in the 7th continent and believes South Georgia to be, alongside the Mara Conservancies in Kenya, the most potent and fertile wilderness anywhere. Seals, millions of penguins and glaciers are a seductive cocktail for any wilderness fan and this award-winning photographer will entertain you in a way few others can match. He has guided there many times with Chris Packham and again the pair will join forces on a special departure in November 2020. They recently returned from the ice in December. 

 

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Sat 02 Feb 13:30 to 14:15

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Charlie Hopkinson
Dragoman Business Development & Sales Director

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How Overlanding gets you places other tours can’t

Charlie Hopkinson in his own, inimitable way explains why Dragoman’s mantra “It’s the journey not just the destination” is so important to overlanding. In his talk Charlie will give a great insight into the overlanding lifestyle explaining how Dragoman’s specialised iconic orange trucks can reach places other forms of transport just can’t reach. Whether heading into the wilds of Kyrgyzstan on the fabled Silk Route, visiting the remarkable Rainbow Mountains in western China,  crossing the remote Amazon basin in Brazil or the Sahara Desert in Sudan.

 

Find out how travelling with Dragoman you will be able to take time to enjoy the journey discovering the best of a region for more in-depth experience – spend a week exploring Inca trails around Cuzco, enjoy a 2 day canoe safari on the Zambezi or take a 5 day guided tour of the Odisha Tribal Region.

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Sat 02 Feb 14:30 to 15:15

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Women in focus

The growing trend of women-only adventure tours shows that female travellers are looking for more than just yoga or spa holidays. They want to travel to exciting cultures in a safe environment, learn about the customs and challenges facing women in other cultures and tackle bucket list challenges with like-minded women.  Zina works at Intrepid, organising the trips for travellers to visit a women’s artisan co-op in Talsanant, visit a Berber family in M’goun Valley and to learn how to make fresh khobz (flatbread). Zina talks about this style of travel and what makes them different to traditional adventure holidays.

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Sat 02 Feb 15:30 to 16:15

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Stanley Johnson
Novelist and former-MEP

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New Zealand has it all!

Stanley Johnson, the novelist and former-MEP, shares his favourite holiday experiences in New Zealand from treasured wildlife encounters to delightful wine tours and a visit to magnificent Fjordland. With its combination of wildlife, rugged mountain scenery, superb wineries, beaches and unique culture, Stanley makes the case for visiting this beautiful destination and explains why the country is simply irresistible to him.

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Meet The Experts London - Theatre 1

Sat 02 Feb 10:45 to 11:30

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Speakers:

Chris Mallett
Habitat for Humanity GB Team Leader
Hilary Rhoden
Commercial Strategy Consultant & Founder AshVerica Solutions Ltd

Presentation title

Travelling with Purpose, Is volunteering overseas right for you??

Volunteering overseas can give travellers a unique glimpse into the culture, history, lifestyle, and traditions of the countries they are visiting. Provided it’s done well.

After all, it’s natural to wonder about the impact of a volunteer trip - sometimes, finding ways to meaningfully give back can seem like a minefield. How do you know the support you’re giving is making a real difference? How do you know the people you are meeting are really benefiting from your support? These are key questions every would-be volunteer needs to ask, because, when properly designed, volunteering can be an immersive opportunity that helps uncover the true essence of a country, while leaving behind a positive legacy.

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Sat 02 Feb 11:45 to 12:30

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Damian Croft
Founding Director of Esplora

Presentation title

Wine and Winemaking in Georgia

As wine-drinkers search for ever more varied and interesting wines, it is understandable that their attention has turned to Georgia. A relative newcomer on the European stage, Georgian wine nevertheless has a lineage that stretches back further than any other: for it is here that wine-making began.

 

In Georgia they have traditionally used clay amphorae (known as "qvevri") to age their wine and this millennia-old technique has now been listed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. Purists argue that this method of wine-making allows the true grape-flavours to predominate and spares the wine from being smothered by oak and tannins.

 

But the vine itself and drinking also have interesting traditions in Georgia. Saint Nino, their patron saint, bore a cross made from vine wood, thus linking wine with Christianity. And for centuries, Georgians drank, and in some areas still drink, their wine from animal horns.

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Sat 02 Feb 12:45 to 13:30

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Meet Your South Africa: how best to immerse yourself in local culture when travelling.

Thoko Jili will discuss her own personal experiences as a tour guide in South Africa and introduce the audience to the wonders of Zulu culture. As an expert in her field, she will explain the importance of connecting with locals when travelling abroad and why learning about their culture is so valuable to ensure holidaymakers have an authentic and memorable travel experience. She will be discussing with South African Tourism her involvement in their new campaign ‘Meet Your South Africa’ which aims to connect British travellers with the people of South Africa by showcasing the diverse range of experiences available in the destination.

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Sat 02 Feb 13:45 to 14:30

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Speakers:

Alan Palmer
Director – Yak Travel

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Walking with migrants – a trek in Morocco with a difference

This autumn, Morocco trekking expert Alan Palmer undertook a trek with a difference, accompanying an Aït ‘Atta family, plus their camels, sheep, goats, mules, ponies, dogs and chickens, for 10 days on their annual transhumance migration.

 

This trail led him from the family’s summer pastures in Morocco's Central High Atlas Mountains to the fringes of their homeland in Jebel Sahro, the Land of Drought, deep in the south of the country, in preparation for winter.

 

For the first eight days they trekked together along a route only ever used by transhumance families, without phone signal and without internet, and not seeing a single other permanent settlement.

 

In this talk he will explain to us the insight that he gained into this little understood, traditional lifestyle and the modern pressures it increasingly faces.

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Sat 02 Feb 14:45 to 15:30

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Speakers:

Andy Squirrell
Titans Travel MD

Presentation title

River Cruise Masterclass.

Enjoy a panel lead session about River Cruise with some  top experts.

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Sat 02 Feb 15:45 to 16:30

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Speakers:

Sally Hauser
GRJ Independent

Presentation title

The World's Most Luxurious Rail Journeys

Is there any better way to travel than by rail? The journey is effortless, the views are unrivalled, and the carriages are comfortable places to settle and watch the world go by. Discover an entirely different way of viewing the world, and enjoy this unique vantage point of your chosen destination. A luxury train holiday offers you the chance to enjoy the most stylish form of travel available anywhere in the world. From the historic Orient Express to the extravagant Pride of Africa, our luxurious train holidays represent the pinnacle of international rail travel. Combine some of the world's most stunning scenery with the unrivalled experience offered on these luxury trains for a holiday that you will never forget.

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Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

Sat 02 Feb 11:00 to 12:00

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Jonathan Drori
Author & Environmentalist

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Around the World in 80 Trees

Calling all nature lovers. Join us as Jonathan Drori talks about his new book Around the World in 80 Trees. From India’s sacred banyan to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration – not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup. Jonathan uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable, to the downright ridiculous.

 

After the talk, Jonathan will be signing copies of his book Around the World in 80 Trees at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 12:00 to 13:00

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Sean Conway
Extreme Endurance Adventurer
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Running Britain with Sean Conway

Sean Conway talks to Phoebe Smith about the third and final leg in the world’s first length of Britain Triathlon. Having already cycled and swum the length of Britain, Sean completed his trilogy by running all the way from John O'Groats to Land's End entirely unsupported. The adventure was turned into a successful Documentary on Discovery Channel. Sean ran nearly a marathon every day carrying just a small rucksack and had to change trainers every 10 days because they wore out. 

 

After the talk, Sean will be signing copies of his books including Running Britain at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 13:00 to 14:00

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Lloyd Figgins
Travel Safety Expert

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Travel Safety with International Security Expert Lloyd Figgins

The rewards you can reap from exploring this amazing planet are incalculable. Every year, more and more of us are discovering the joy, the excitement, the sheer sense of adventure in roaming the world. But travelling, particularly to the more remote and volatile corners of the globe, can be a dangerous business. If you don't prepare properly - by looking for potential hazards and learning how best to deal with them - you may wish you'd never started out. Lloyd Figgins, travel risk expert & author of the The Travel Survival Guide offers up-to-date, no-nonsense, practical advice on how to prepare for a trip, recognise warning signs, avoid potential hazards and cope with emergencies should they occur.

 

After the talk, Lloyd will be signing copies of his book The Travel Survival Guide at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 14:00 to 15:00

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Speakers:

Ishbel Holmes
Adventurer, Author & Animal Rescuer
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Cycling with a Rescued Street Dog

Ishbel Holmes was determined to cycle the world but her journey took a completely unexpected turn when she rescued a street dog in Turkey. Between the two there formed a deep bond and their relationship was followed and supported by thousands of readers online, before becoming a media sensation overnight when Ishbel put out a plea for help to transport Lucy to an animal shelter three hundred miles away. Ishbel talks to Phoebe Smith about this heart-rending tale of adventure, one person's determination to cross an unfamiliar country by bike and the unforgettable scenes that greet her on the Turkey-Syria border and into Syria itself.

 

After the talk, Ishbel will be signing copies of her book Me, My Bike and a Street Dog Called Lucy at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 15:00 to 16:00

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Speakers:

Julian Sayarer
Author & Journalist
Alev Scott
Author & Journalist
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

Ottomoan Odessey: Travels through a Lost Empire with Alev Scott

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Sat 02 Feb 16:00 to 17:00

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Levison Wood
Author & Film Maker
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

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Levison Wood in Conversation

Levison Wood talks to Julia Wheeler about his life as an adventurer and his latest book Arabia. Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Arabia is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media.

 

After the talk, Levison will be signing copies of his books, including Arabia at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Taste The World

Sat 02 Feb 11:00 to 11:45

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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Berlin, Germany: Currywurst

Popular German Streetfood: This recipe is by Executive Chef Bjoern Wassmuth at The German Gymnasium, Kings Cross 

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Sat 02 Feb 11:40 to 12:10

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South Africa: Bunny Chow

South Africa Tourism Travel Guide Thoko Jili is in conversation with Andrew Dickens whilst cooking up the delicious Historic Bunny Chow. This recipe is by Chef Kevin Joseph from Red Carnation Hotels

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Sat 02 Feb 12:20 to 12:50

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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India: Chickpea Dal

Delicious Vegetarian Dish Featuring Chickpeas, Tomatoes, Ginger, Garlic and Spices

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Sat 02 Feb 13:00 to 13:30

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Cocktails From Around The World

Andrew Dickens will be helping to create a demonstration on Cocktails from around the world- Curated by Pergola, Olympia - A Botanical Bolthole

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Sat 02 Feb 14:00 to 14:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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America: 18 Hour Pulled Beef Brisket

Andrew Dickens will really get your tongues tingling with his take on the Classic American BBQ!

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Sat 02 Feb 14:40 to 15:10

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Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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Amazonian Cuisine: Fish with Acai

Andrew Dickens will be cooking up a storm with Masterchef Professionals Semi-Finalist Luciana Berry

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Sat 02 Feb 15:20 to 15:50

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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Dominican Republic: Mama Juana

The "National Drink" of the Dominican Republic: Rum, Red Wine, Honey, Tree Bark & Herbs

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Experience The World

Sat 02 Feb 11:15 to 11:45

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Dominican Merengue and Bachata - Demonstration and workshop

Transport yourself to the Dominican Republic, the birthplace of the contagious rhythms of Merengue and Bachata, by watching a couple perform a traditional Merengue and an engaging Bachata, followed by a fun class in which you will learn the basic steps and turns of both rhythms and will be able to dance a whole song which will give you the vibe of the country and will convince you travel to the Dominican Republic for your next holidays!

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Sat 02 Feb 12:15 to 12:45

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London Okinawa Sanshinkai: Okinawan folk and classical music

We will perform Okinawan folk and classical music with traditional dance using the sanshin and taiko (stick and drum), samba (like a castanet) and other instruments.

The sanshin is the most prominent musical instrument in the musical traditions of the Ryukyu Islands (Old Okinawa). The three-stringed lute is used in classical, folk, and popular music. The sanshin has been popular not only in mainland Japan but worldwide and the success of musicians from Okinawa has received much attention in recent decades.

London Okinawa Sanshinkai was established in 1999 and our mission is to introduce Okinawan culture further in the UK and enrich the existing relationship between Okinawa and the UK which has been established through Japan (including Okinawa) related events.

 

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Sat 02 Feb 13:15 to 13:45

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Imbube UK Drummers & Dancers

The Imbube drummers and dancers are a unique organisation formed of the most talented and professional African artists and musicians based in the UK. Their main aim is to promote South African heritage and culture to all ages, and host or support a variety of activities and events that connect people to the unique culture. The group provide South African language classes, workshops in schools and educational institutions, music and dance, bead making, traditional clothing and storytelling. The group has a full membered choir of 20 singers which has toured and performed all over the UK and abroad, singing in different African languages, and offering a cappella, classical and traditional gospel songs with a seven-piece band  - as well as energetic Zulu dancing and drumming that brings excitement and tells a story.

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Sat 02 Feb 14:15 to 14:45

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Makulay na Filipinas (Colourful Philippines)

Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company

Founded in 1994

 

In 2014 LK proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary since its humble beginnings as an informal community group led by choreographer Ronnie del Barrio, who had been commission by the Philippine Centre to create a cultural performance for their annual event. Together with members of the Filipino Women’s Assocition UK and other individuals Ronnie founded the dance company in 1994, which has since progressed and developed as a respected and admired dance company.

 

LK has gained an international reputation as Europe’s foremost Filipino folk and cultural dance company and as goodwill ambassadors for the Philippines in promoting Philippine cultural heritage. LK have had invitations to perform across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe — Amsterdam, Berlin, Bayreuth, Copenhagen, Dublin, Malmö, Stockholm, Vienna.

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Sat 02 Feb 15:15 to 15:45

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Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu

Goju Ryu literally means “Hard and Soft style”, which relates to the type of techniques used in Goju Ryu. “Go” being hard, for strong closed hand or straight techniques; “Ju” being soft, for open hand and circular movements. The demonstration will highlight basic blocks and strikes “Kihon”, traditional partner work, and supplementary training “Hojo Undo”.

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