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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Karate posture is created by the sanchin kata. Can it even be completed? A practitioner will lose to a bigger fighter if only muscle strength is used, and not the Tanden power.

Actually, if you have read your history, you should know that the red-light district of Naha, Okinawa, had its fair share of regular shady visits from various Karate masters. It is therefore vital to repeat training of sanchin in order to build a body for karate. See Sosai himself in the proper stance here: The fact of the matter is that the Okinawan version of sanchin kata, no matter what the school or ryu, derives from forms originating from mainland China. Breathing in through your nose lowers the intrathoracic pressure.

Hi all, Before I contribute, I wanted to mention being new here that I’ve been following this forum for a while now, and have been consistently impressed with the ideas shared in this space, particularly in regards to realistic bunkai applications.

Again, thanks for posting Scott. I sincerely thank you for sharing that part of history. 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.

In actual fact, Sanchin Dachi protects the groin by enabling you to turn the genitals to the side, away from a frontal attack, placing your thighs in the way of danger. The other kata are what result in a tangible product, but you couldn’t do as good of a job without the underlying skills in Sanchin, just like a carpenter with no understanding of math can build a chair, but it won’t be as good as if he knew geometry.


As the reader can see, many paths for martial arts, as well as many paths for sanchin kata can be identified. Then keep the tension for the duration of the set.

Power is created in a combination of correct respiratory breathing and correct posture, which creates tension. You need to contract your rectal sphincter. But I just nodded and probably changed topic or something. It can be described as Uchi-hachiji-dachi with one foot moved forward until the toes of the rear foot are on the same horizontal line as the heel of the front foot.

If the other kata are the trees, Sanchin is the rain that nourishes them all. So, kaat – is Sanchin different in this way from all the other katas in karate, inasmuch as it is more of an exercise in conditioning the body for combat, than a record of real, effective combat techniques?

– Sanchin Kata Fundamentals

The true history of Sanchin kata has been lost to antiquity. I have come to learn that the value of sanchin is more for conditioning than fighting application. He is a regular columnist for Traditional Karate Magazine. That is not to say that sanchin kata had not been introduced to Okinawa before. So take my word for what it is. If the techniques of the other kata are the trees, Sanchin is the rain that nourishes them all.

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The Double-Edged Sword – Sanchin

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This posture will enable you to receive blows from any angle. Not getting your face all red, with veins popping out of your forehead, which I too often have seen people do.

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Sanchin kata is considered by many karate experts to be the oldest kata and the most important kata of Karate along with Tenshowhich is odd considering there is very little bunkai, or martial application, in the movements of Sanchin. Nothing strange about that. This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit our website. I had no idea. There are currently 2 users online. Sanchin uses a very small number of techniques – uchi uke, gyaku tsuki, a grab that’s supposed to pull your opponent onto a double nukite strike to the mid-section which never struck me as very practicaland finally two shuto mawashi ukes to the front.

I think you probably could base a simple fighting system with core techniques. Today all of them are cited as masters without question. BUT, the kata itself doesn’t really have applications in the normal sense of the word. Finally, the spirit is changed when the mind akta what it is truly doing with respect to fighting, the body begins to adjust to its sanchin kata structure posture, and kaata resulting increased power and speed begin to show themselves.

As a kyokushin karateka, qualified fitness instructor and sports therapist, I see the idea of the muscle “tensing” being an isometric exercise in order to strengthen muscles, perhaps used when you are training somewhere with no weights.

On the contrary, the key to the concept of change is context. Bodies with hard, inflexible muscles will slow the karate movements of the body.

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. The Goju-Ryu karate formed by Chojun Miyagi created the tensho kata, which is an open-fisted kata, as opposed to the gekisai kata.