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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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Tensho by Mas Oyama (video)

In performing the knife block bthe arm is kept connected to the center of the body as the block is performed b and the shoulder muscle group maintains Sanchin structure b. He also oata that Hashimoto sensei emphasizes on the importance of the index finger and that it should be considered the extension of your palm, which is an extension of your wrist, which is an extension of your elbow, which is also an extention of your shoulder, which is an extension of your whole body.

Building upon this soft form of kata training, it is now possible to show the push-hands kakie applications derived from Tensho – principles that allow a defender to sense and anticipate the movements of an opponent Labbate Notice tenaho weight transitioning is used to position the body c for this technique, and power is transferred by opening and closing d. Sensei Boon Heng Tnshoas already cited above, has already given us an explanation.

In combat, motion costs time and it is important to deliver techniques with the strong solid muscular position of Sanchin, in a manner directly connected to the center of energy in the tenshl and without extraneous movements.


TENSHO Kata 転掌 – Shito-ryu Shukokai Union

After the palm-heel strike athe right hand is rotated downward band then drawn inward to the chamber position c. Finally opening and closing provides explosive force at the point of impact. The transition from this position to the final strike position occurs gradually throughout the technique, just as a whip unravels during flight.

These concepts are but a few of the hidden treasures within the kata. Every pause on the left should correspond with a pause of the same duration on the right.

Tensho Kata: Goju-ryu’s Secret Treasure

Practice Tensho softly and fluidly, maintaining muscles relaxed externally, and firm internally. Opening and Closing Principle 7: 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 a doctor to explain in full detail, but you get the general picture.

Grabbing at the wrist in the on-guard position In the next movement from the kata, shown in Figure 5 a-cthe right hand begins in the onguard position, turns over to grab with a hooking block band finally performs a knife hand block c. Breathing is coordinated with movement, following the general guidelines used in lifting weights: Similarly, the entire sequence shown in Figure 2 is a single movement.

Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. We repeat various movements of the hand like in nature, a bird flapping its wings.

That is just one example of when we can apply this breathing method, for our general good health in daily kzta and how correct breathing can have a big influence on our well being.

These concepts are natural to employ in the further development of Tensho kata. Every morning, 60 times of breathing out large breath and breathing in large breath through the nose, helps to keep you healthy. As in previous push-hands drills, hensho movement begins in the onguard position d.


The blow is extremely painful because of the tremendous kinetic energy built in the whip and transferred to a single point of impact. There are still lots of inside tech. This Kata will teach you the importance of forefinger and thumb positioning when you twist your palm.

You can find it online here: Finally, they rotate their hands from outside to inside, maintaining contact so as to form a hook on the opposite side of the wrist f.

The next stage of development requires a tennsho change to incorporate soft ju principles into training. The defender then becomes the attacker and returns the palm-heel strike while the partner practices the same technique f.

Full text of “Kata Tensho”

The kata builds upon all of the concepts presented in previous papers but adds principles of soft fluid motion, weight transitioning, connectivity, and opening and closing. The shoulder muscle group then returns to a locked Sanchin structure e.

Weight transitioning is used to reinforce the transfer of power into a technique and enhance stability. Otherwise, it is not strong and your arm and subsequently your hand would then work independently from your body, without its necessary support. As I have mentioned earlier, in daily life we are not conscious of breathing. The first article kxta hard go elements of the style: