I’ve always heard that Sanchin and Tensho are the most important katas in the Goju system (and are equally important in Kyokushin). Sanchin kata is the fundamental kata of Goju ryu and other Naha-Te karate styles . While it looks basic and simple, in reality it takes years to master. Here are. This page will help you to learn Sanchin, one of the katas used in Goju-Ryu Karate. Meaning of the Sanchin kata is “Three Battles”.

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A very interesting article. Two reason that support this are: Is Sanchin No Kata an exception?

We spent a year on it before moving on to other forms. The beginning of danchin correct technique is correct posture, which is to straighten the spine, pull in the chin, and tilt pelvis up. Your email address will not be published. Unless you want possible strokes, aneurisms, hernias, or blackouts… along with something painful and nasty between your butt cheeks.

Business Side of MA. But now, in the light of what I’m learning here, I’ve been trying to see if there’s more to it than that.

Each kata is examined from three perspectives —mind, body, and spirit. Along with nearly every traditional Kung Fu style out there! Miyagi then took out the turns in the form his instructor Kanryo Higashionna taught to create another version of the kata.

But I just nodded and probably changed topic or something. Using this method of examination with sanchin kata, let us first consider the mind. The very basic kata in Okinawa-style karate is sanchin, and it has been understood historically that you master karate only if you master this kata. If change is a result of suiting the needs of the practitioner enacting the change, it may well be credible. This in turn led to mechanics aimed at generating power in a short distance, keeping the groin defended and the stance stable.


The Way of Sanchin Kata illustrates long-overlooked techniques and principles that when applied will radiate throughout your karate, making it more powerful and effective than you will have thought possible. You need to contract your rectal sphincter.

The Double-Edged Sword – Sanchin

The importance of what appears to be the simplest of ksta should not be overlooked because sanchin kata forms the hub from which all other kata radiate. It can be described as Uchi-hachiji-dachi with one foot moved forward until the sanchim of the rear foot are on the same horizontal line as the heel of the front foot. The movements and principles of the tensho kata are also strikingly similar to Ngo Cho Kun, and it sancihn the similarities are by no means coincidental.

It is one of the simplest forms to learn, yet one of the most difficult to perfect. One can sanvhin find fighting applications to Sanchin, but that does not seem to be the intention of the kata.

Using conditioned muscles to move the body swiftly and in a way beneficial to the technique being done. A body strengthened with bodybuilding will have an adverse effect. For those who practice sanchin kata, the impact of the techniques inside this book will be immediate and positive. Breathing in through your nose lowers the intrathoracic pressure. But, what does he mean by this and why do the old Okinawan masters put so much emphasis on the kata?

That is absolutely fascinating!

Is Sanchin No Kata an exception? | Iain Abernethy

Please add your name or initials. See Sosai himself in the proper stance here: So here is what you do: Breath in through your nose! In the last couple of months, I’ve read articles and books and watched videos about the kata from senior goju instructors.


This is closest to the version I practise by the way being a Goju-ryu practitioner: Power begets power, the harder you hit the practitioner, the more intensely they respond, the more power they use to hold their ground.

Some difficulty in understanding sanchin kata comes from the source of the kata. Very similiar to the Goju-ryu version, but utilizing the Chinese open spear hand rather then the closed fist of Goju-ryu and Kyokushin that we are familiar with. Mas Oyama with Gogen Yamaguchi. If the techniques of the other kata are the trees, Sanchin is the rain that nourishes them all.

Some versions of the form include one-hundred-and-eighty-degree turns.

Sanchin & The 4 Secrets of The Skill of Strength

Learn how your comment data is processed. The true history of Sanchin kata has been lost to antiquity. The Application of Power. The richness of knowledge presented in the sanchin kata is a treasure that has been lost or limited to a very few for a long time. This posture will enable you to receive blows from kaya angle.

The changes made by these three masters are profound. I do think compared to other katas it’s the odd one out because I don’t believe it was originally a kata: This powerful stance is used in the multitude of katas attributed to Kanryo Higashionna, from Sanchin to Suparimpei.