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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Attention to temp in this manner ensures that techniques can be performed with the same proficiency on both sides of the body. Unfortunately, at this final moment of contact, the hard structure of Sanchin inhibits the flow of energy.

The practice of Tensho is now used to build these centering and connectivity concepts as shown in Figure 9. These concepts are natural to employ in the further teneho of Tensho kata. These concepts were introduced through the study of the rising block and are typically taught in the two years prior to ksta black belt level.

As what my sensei said, once you master the Tensho katayou basically master the entire mata tech of nahate. That is just one example of when we can apply this breathing method, for our general good health in daily kataa and how correct breathing can have a big influence on our well being.

Movements on the left must be balanced carefully with those on the right. The entire shoulder tesho group acts as a single structure under tension, and is locked down at the end of each motion.

This segment teaches the fourth push-hands drill that brings together the several soft skills: Tensho Kata h i Push-hands Figure 7: For example, each sequence tendho Figures 1 and 2 is used to load energy that can subsequently be used during an associated palm-heel strike.

Energy is then loaded into the palm-heel strike c and delivered by opening and closing to transfer energy into the strike d. Tensho Basics Tensho should initially be performed as a hard kata, using the basic principles taught through the study of Sanchin kata.


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Breathing is coordinated with movement, following the general guidelines used in lifting weights: This is the basic technique: From this grabbing position, both students roll theirs hands over at the wrist maintaining contact e. In Goju-Ryu beginning students find comprehension of elements that are fundamentally hard go and external easiest to accomplish; study of soft ju and internal elements must build upon that foundation.

Finally, they rotate their hands from outside to inside, maintaining contact so as to form a hook on the opposite side of the wrist kwta. Movement to the second knife block is achieved without extraneous arm motion, maintaining Sanchin structure, by weight transitioning and moving from the center b. The next stage of development requires a radical change to incorporate soft ju principles into training. As in previous push-hands drills, this movement begins in the onguard position d.

Fensho initial punch from the attacker is immediately blocked with an open -hand block a.

Goju-Ryu Kata – Tensho

It was later said that some very heavy breathing techniques they used to do, were done in a very intense way, concentrating a lot of blood in the head and this was very stressing for their blood vessels, causing many serious health issues that I am not kwta doctor to explain in full detail, but you get the general picture. Grabbing and Sticking Temsho 6 1 shows the next sequence from the kata in which the right hand performs a knife hand block ais brought to the chambered position, and then used for a palm-heel strike c.

Now the concepts from both these extremes are merged: What he tried to explain to me and I hope that I have understood it correctly is that your whole arm should act as an extension of your whole body, it should be supported by your whole body. References [ Labbate ] Marvin Labbate As before, the drill begins with the grabbing position e.


One student then uses a palm-heel strike to attack which the other follows and maintains contact. These principles induce body tension, build strength, and ensure the correct positioning of muscle groups, especially the shoulder muscle group.

When you go from down to right, your index finger should be the axis around which your hand slowly rotates.

Tensho (kata)

Second Sequence, tsnsho from Tensho Notice how all of the principles of structure, movement, and breathing are carried over from Sanchin kata Labbate After the palm-heel strike athe right hand tejsho rotated downward band then drawn inward to the chamber position c.

This is something that I have not seen in many different organizations and I find it to be a very interesting approach. 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.

The essence of the concept is to practice the kata using continuous, soft, fluid motion. Finally, a second palm-heel strike occurs d. Kqta what I understand, by practicing this kata for some 13 years or so now, the upper body remains relaxed while the lower part of the body remains solid, with a good strong sanchin dachi.

The shoulder muscle group then returns to a locked Sanchin structure e. If instead the arm is held using the principles of Sanchin kata, the shoulder muscle group is locked down, the arm is held under c. Ktaa creates strong pressure which can cause the veins in the brain to rupture or burst.

This process is repeated backward and forward to develop the sense of grabbing with the hook of the hand, sticking to an opponent, and controlling contact at all times.

Tension is induced through correct positioning of the hand, arm, and elbow.