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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Every morning, 60 times of breathing out large breath and breathing in large breath through the nose, helps to keep you healthy. As the knife hand block is performed, weight transfers to the forward foot delivering power into the block b.

From this position, a knife hand shuto block is performed dand the right hand is brought to the chamber position e.

Every Kata has an associated tempo and timing. The attacker determines the speed, power, and direction of the strike while the defender simply focuses on maintaining contact. It gives the impression of being full of vigour, to amateurs.

Even if we are fed well nutritionally, without a good digestion it will mean nothing. Tensho Basics Tensho should initially be performed as a hard kata, using the basic principles taught through the study of Sanchin kata.

Energy is loaded by the defender c and then transferred into the opponent with a strike to the groin d. An immediate second punch by the attacker is then intercepted using the knife hand block with the same hand b. The attacker then performs a palm-heel strike to which the defender sticks and follows f.


These concepts are natural to employ in the further development of Tensho kata. Soft Fluid Motion While Sanchin style practice develops the general form associated with the kata, it fails significantly to develop power in the techniques. Otherwise, it is not strong and your arm and subsequently your ttensho would then work independently from your body, without its necessary support. These principles induce body tension, build strength, tenshi ensure the correct positioning of muscle groups, especially the shoulder muscle group.

Transferring Weight There are several common errors to be avoided in performing this drill. Many kata have a number of steps as we have mentioned before and therefore, are named oata the number of steps they have.

Tensho Kata: Goju-ryus Secret Treasure | Karate Kata | Japan

Therefore, I consider quite safe to say that this has also White Crane tesho, but please feel to correct me! As before, the drill begins with the grabbing position e. Sanchin structure is momentarily tenshk as the shoulder muscle group is opened allowing energy to flow from the center into the strike b. Recall now the second segment from the kata, shown again for clarity in Figure 7 a-d.

Notice how weight transitioning is used to position the body c for this technique, and power is transferred by opening and closing d. The origin of these principles is undoubtedly Chinese and Master Miyagi clearly intended them to be taught only after the Sanchin principles were mastered. Just not TOO strong, you always have to remember tenshp be relaxed, because the philosophy is that you will also have to be able to move and change position when required! Labbate is the director of CNY Karate www.

By paying attention to these points, practice the breathing, softening the abdomen. Centering kats Weight Transitioning Principle 6: 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.


The practice of Tensho is now used to build these centering and connectivity concepts as shown in Figure 9. Moving from the center reduces extraneous arm movement and maintains kataa reinforced structure.

Tensho (kata)

The essence of the concept is to twnsho the kata using continuous, soft, fluid motion. When swinging forward and 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.

Combining Several Skills Principle 3: There temsho a method of breathing 60 times, in the early morning to keep our good health, this will make your body comfortable and you will move easily throughout the day. These concepts are but a few of the hidden treasures within the kata.

That is just one example of when we can apply this breathing method, for our general good health in daily life and how correct breathing can have a big influence on our well being. However, just before contact, the defender redirects the strike by rotating the hips away causing the strike to miss the body entirely h.

This drill begins to develop the feeling of following an attack.

Centering and Connectivity Figure 10 shows how this technique is combined with weight transitioning. First Sequence, taken from Tensho Figure 2: