Month: <span>July 2015</span>
Month: July 2015

Sanchin: Under the Hood

Sanchin, Goju, Vancouver, BC , Lessons, Karate

Sanchin (三戦)is the fundamental kata of Nahate-based styles such as Uechi-ryu, Goju-ryu and Tou’on-ryu. It teaches the core ideas posture, breath and body alignment that each system considers ideal. What might not be apparent among these traditional versions of Sanchin is that these core ideas are not meant to be obvious. That is, on the surface there really shouldn’t be any extraneous movement when performing Sanchin as most of the important movement is occurring “behind the curtain” so to speak. That is, it  involves the coordination of the breath with the contraction of the muscles and the alignment of the skeleton. An observer should only see the deliberate stepping, punching, and turning in a prescribed sequence. It really should look rather dull. Not flashy at all.Read more“Sanchin: Under the Hood”


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