Tensho kata: Its origins are based on the point and circle principles of Kempo. It was heavily influenced by the late by Chojun Miyagi and was. This article is the third in a series of articles that examines the fundamental principles of Goju-ryu karate. The Tensho kata builds upon all of the concepts. This article describes some soft (ju) principles of Goju-Ryu developed through the study of Tensho kata. The origin of these principles is undoubtedly Chinese.

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As in previous push-hands drills, this movement begins in the onguard position d. The next stage of development requires a radical change to incorporate soft ju principles into training.

All of the techniques in Tensho can be practiced in this manner, maintaining Sanchin structure. This drill begins to develop the feeling of following an attack.

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This Kata will teach you the importance of forefinger and thumb positioning when you twist your palm. Now the concepts from both these extremes are merged: It is also important that we learn to breathe properly. Tensho kata certainly makes no exception! An initial punch from the attacker is immediately blocked with an open -hand block a. Opening and Closing Although Sanchin structure is important in all aspects of training for maintaining the correct positioning of muscle groups, it lacks a key ingredient used in transferring power into a strike.

This means in Budo we concentrate the power by breathing out in a stroke, but in breathing for health, when we breathe in we change this breath to energy and circulate it in the body to store for the flowing energy.

Tens ho Kata This movement corresponds to the second push-hands drill, shown in Figure 6 Centering and Connectivity Previous articles have explained in depth that power does not originate in the movements of the arm during a punch or strike. Notice the synchronization of body and strike, reminiscent of the whip that lunges power at the opponent while supporting the strike with the appropriate structure.

If the arm is relaxed, the partner feels the heaviness of the arm as it fails to support itself; if the arm is released it falls away without control b. Second Tenssho, taken from Tensho Notice how all of the principles of structure, movement, and breathing are akta over from Sanchin kata Labbate When swinging forward tensh backward, the student should not lean excessively into the drill, the shoulders should rotate remaining parallel to the floor, and the student should not tip from side to side.


The right hand is then turned over into a hooking block position c. These principles are generally the focus of attention during the first three years of study and are the foundation on which all other aspects of karate are built.

I hope katq can find the information herein useful. The first open-hand middle block is combined with weight transitioning a to grab and redirect the opponent.

It is popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness. The central concept is to transfer weight between techniques so kaata the body is always in either an offensive or defensive posture; rooted to the floor, at the same time stable and balanced. Unfortunately, at this final moment of contact, the hard structure of Sanchin inhibits the flow of energy. In combat, motion costs time and it is important to deliver techniques with the strong solid muscular position of Sanchin, in a manner directly connected to the center of energy kkata the body and without extraneous movements.

The practice of Tensho is now used to build these centering and connectivity concepts as shown in Figure 9. This is the basic technique: First Sequence, taken from Tensho Figure 2: Here I would like to mention about the breathing. Roles are then reversed allowing the attacker to stick, redirect, load hand counter i. It is said that many karate masters of a specific style, used to do die at very young ages, in their 50s and it was a mystery why this was happening.

Putting all of the concepts together, let us now reexamine the opening sequence of Tensho kata taken from Figure 1. Sensei Boon Heng Leeas already cited above, has already fensho us an explanation. These concepts were introduced through the study of the rising block and are typically taught in the two years prior to tehsho black belt level. The desired outcome is an explosion of energy tenshho at a point on the body of the opponent.

The origin of these principles is undoubtedly Chinese and Master Miyagi clearly intended them to be taught only after the Sanchin principles were mastered. To understand this tenssho principle, place the arm into the position shown in Figure 3 a with a partner on the left supporting the arm. The first article discussed hard go elements of the style: Of course, this does not count for all kata for instance Nipaipo — Tensho Basics Tensho should initially be performed as a hard kata, using the basic principles taught through the study of Sanchin kata.


Assembling the Principles Figures 13 and 14 demonstrate the difference between the conventional Sanchin structure for the palm-heel strike and the modified structure based on the combination of these new principles. In any case, rensho closing this article, I would like to mention that there are many articles out there that you can find with a simple search on the web.

Tesnho you for reading this article! He also said that Hashimoto sensei emphasizes on the importance of the index finger and that it should be considered the extension of your palm, which tensuo an extension of your wrist, which is an extension of your elbow, which is also an extention of your shoulder, which is an extension tenzho your whole body.

The attacker then performs a palm-heel strike to which the defender sticks and follows f. Even if we are fed well nutritionally, without a good digestion it will mean nothing. If you do not notice kaata car approaching you will not be ready for the impact, even at a slow speed you will receive quite a shock to the body.

Every morning, 60 times of breathing out large breath and breathing in large breath through the nose, helps to keep you healthy.

Tensho Kata: Goju-ryu’s Secret Treasure

When you go from down to right, your index finger should be the axis around which your hand slowly rotates. Connectivity and Centering are used at close-quarters to ensure that energy is delivered directly with Sanchin structure without extraneous motion.

An analogy that is helpful in understanding this difference is to think of the destructive force associated with a whip: From this position, a knife hand shuto block is performed dand the right hand is brought to the chamber position e.