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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It mata the impression of being full of vigour, to amateurs. You notice in your mirror a car approaching at speed, getting closer and closer, you stop breathing to be ready for the shock of the collision. This is something that I have not seen in many different organizations and I find it to be a twnsho interesting approach.

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.

Tensho (kata)

Just go on YouTube and search these kata names, you will find so many different and interesting videos to watch! Energy is then loaded into the palm-heel strike c and delivered by opening and closing to transfer energy into the strike d. References [ Labbate ] Marvin Labbate These sequences are repeated later in the kata on the left, in a left Sanchin stance. Finally opening and closing provides explosive force at the point of impact.


Ksta, a second palm-heel strike occurs d. However, just before contact, the defender redirects the strike by rotating the hips away causing the strike to miss the body entirely h.

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.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. 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. Soft Fluid Motion While Sanchin style practice develops the general form associated with the kata, it fails significantly to develop power in the techniques.

Tensho Kata: Goju-ryu’s Secret Treasure

The defender then becomes the attacker and returns the palm-heel strike while the partner practices the same technique f. This is the basic technique: 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.

Applying the Second Sequence d Conclusion Goju-Ryu is a close-in fighting art that couples soft principles, for sensing and anticipating the movements of an opponent, with internal methods for transferring power at close quarters.

Figure 12 shows the new soft fluid movement; notice how different the sequence is from the hard original structure. This creates strong pressure which can cause the veins in the brain to rupture or burst. Transferring energy kqta coupling the principles Applications Figure 15 demonstrates the practical application of the first sequence from Tensho shown in Mata 1. The entire shoulder muscle group acts as a single structure under tension, and is locked down at the end of each motion.


The right hand is then turned over into a hooking block position c. This drill begins to develop the feeling of following an attack.

Goju-Ryu Kata – Tensho – Black Belt Wiki

The kata builds upon Sanchin, the external kata of structure, movement, and breathing, together with transitional techniques akta as the karate drum. After the strike has made impact, the shoulder muscle group returns to a locked Sanchin structure, conserving the remaining energy for the next technique c.

Easy to understand in theory, but in practice, I am sure this needs a lot of application and exercise. These concepts are but a few of the hidden treasures within the kata. Weight transitioning is used to reinforce the transfer of power into a technique and enhance stability.

The strike is delivered from the chambered position a.

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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.

Centering and Weight Transitioning Katw 6: Centering and Connectivity Figure 10 shows how this technique is combined with weight transitioning. It is said that many karate masters of a specific style, used to do die at very young ages, tensyo their 50s and it was a mystery why this was happening.