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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BUT, the kata itself doesn’t really have applications in the normal sense of the word. If change is a result of suiting the needs of the practitioner enacting the change, it may well be credible. See Sosai himself in the proper stance here: I have huge respect for Uechi-ryu. For example, mawashi uke, if you look at the mini movements of it, it contains controlling and protecting your centerline with parries and blocks and exploiting and opening up your attacker’s centerline.

That said, I feel that calling it “an isometric exercise” or “breathing exercise” or “moving meditation” is a little short-sighted. The proper breathing in Sanchin and a bench press for that matter should not be something known as a Valsalva maneuver. Notify me of follow-up comments via sanchhin. I wish there was video of that… it would be incredible! A ton of food for thought here – love the Kris Wilder quotes and the bunkai in Ryan Parker’s video, and watching the four different performances of four different versions of this kata was absolutely fascinating.

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Breath control also keeps the body oxygenated and improves stamina.

Waza no Kankyu — Tempo of Technique The tempo of techniques varies throughout kata. Power begets power, the kxta you hit the practitioner, the more intensely they respond, the more power they use to sancyin their ground.

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. However it’s my personal belief that Sanchin was created to teach basic techniques and concepts to the practitioner, with strength and all of these other virtues being by-products of this practice.

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Breaking stuff is a skill he has developed over time, and his body has adapted to it throughout the years. Kris Wilder has some nice lines that summarise this view paraphrased from memory: Many will claim they know the true and correct history of sanchin kata, but zanchin such as where one chooses to begin and end can create one of many versions of the same history.

However kafa the strength of sancbin kata is trained and understood, the body will choose this physical position over the classic Western position of shoulders held high, chest puffed out and leaning up on the balls of the feet.

Am I missing something here? I am going to add this article to the page and site you. Create new account Request new password. These old ways of generating remarkable power are still accessible, but they are purposefully hidden in Sanchin Kata for the truly dedicated to find. Upon execution of the technique, the exhalation is completed. Some versions of sanchin kata turn. Sanchin kata is not like other kata in that it stands alone, different and unique.

Over time, sanchin will increase muscular strength and make muscles firmer, so they can withstand percussive impact while maintaining your balance during combat but another benefit is they may not have known the science of it in kaga old days but they will have noticed a difference that after you release the hard contractions, your muscles fill with nutrient rich oxygenated blood to feed the muscles and sandhin ATP, which help with powerful movements.

Mas Oyama in Sanchin dachi.

Weapons – Okinawan, Japanese, Chinese, etc. Not getting your face all red, with veins popping out of your forehead, which I too often have seen people do. This physical aspect of sanchin kata is the most sought after aspect of training in this kata. A practitioner will lose to a bigger fighter if only muscle strength is used, and not the Tanden power.

The same thing applies.

Sanchin. The Three Battles of Kyokushin Karate | The Martial Way

In the Goju Ryu system of which I am most familiar, the originator or person who standardized of what became Goju Ryu karate, Chojun Miyagi made changes to sanchin kata. It is therefore vital to repeat training of sanchin in order to build a body for karate. Karate posture is created by the sanchin kata. Those who truly understand its teachings find that it facilitates enormous quickness and power in any martial application.


So use your breathing to heighten the internal pressure, making your nervous system more excited.

It should be performed with slaps and kicks. As the reader can see, many paths for martial arts, as well as many paths for sanchin kata can be identified. These are meant to be embodied in the kata.

This increases venous return and subsequently gives the heart more blood to pump out on the exhale. Proper breath control helps to still the mind and unite body, mind and spirit. kzta

Sanchin. The Three Battles of Kyokushin Karate

Sosai Oyama considered the three most important principles of kata training to be the tempo of technique, the points of power stress, and breath control. To me, it seems that Sanchin helps develop a certain “feeling” of movement. You can also subscribe without commenting. It simply means the version that Higashionna brought back was taught by him to students who propagated the form by teaching it to others.

In each position, the hips are tilted, held firm and always facing forward, while the only movement is in the arms and the breath.

On the contrary, the key to the concept of change is context. Chinese, translated to hogen, to Japanese, then to English, with regional kaya at each juncture and translations of translations makes for a difficult transfer of accurate information and knowledge.

It’s hard to explain, and it seems that not many teachers really even try, which leaves a lot of people not knowing what it’s for. I ssnchin Sanchin is simply in the doing.

Sanchin appears in the Shukokai syllabus as well via it’s Shito-Ryu and therefore Goju ancestry. A super tight fist! This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit our website.