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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Of course, this does not count for all kata for instance Nipaipo — 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.

tenshoo Push-hands corresponds to the application ofTensho kata and teaches sticking, sensing, following, redirecting, loading, and rebounding countering.

Notice the synchronization of body and strike, reminiscent of the whip that lunges power at the opponent while supporting the strike with the appropriate structure. The relatively simple and beautiful structure of this complex kata is indeed deceptive. The alternative is a soft principle in which a strike opens to transfer energy and closes to load energy for the next technique, just like the whip in the analogy.

This is the basic technique: In the ksta hand middle block position, a fist is placed between the elbow and the rib cage a. The goal of this practice is to develop the ability to hold muscles relaxed externally, providing mata, yet firm internally, providing strength. Therefore, it is essential to study properly the breathing techniques and to KNOW why you do everything you do, step by step, detail by detail in a kata.

The second article focussed on transitional principles, such as the karate drum, push-hands, body shifting, and partner training Labbate This segment teaches the tenaho push-hands drill that brings together the several soft skills: We repeat various movements of the hand like in nature, a bird flapping its wings.


These concepts are but a few of the hidden treasures within the kata. These principles are generally the focus of attention during the first three years of study and are the foundation on which all other aspects of karate are built. The attacker then strikes slowly and carefully while the defender follows the strike inward maintaining light contact at all times e.

Unfortunately, at this final moment of contact, the hard structure of Sanchin inhibits the flow of energy. So, by learning proper breathing techniques and by practicing karate properly, we become happy! One of the most subtle and beautiful movements in the style, Tensho is the internal kata of structure and movement and is typically taught as the first kata beyond black belt level.

All of the techniques in Tensho can be practiced in this manner, maintaining Sanchin structure.

Tensho kata certainly makes no exception! The second sequence, shown in Figure 2, follows directly in the kata. Once again the basic hook is used to grab and stick to the attacker. As in previous push-hands drills, this movement begins in the onguard position d. It is said that many karate masters of a specific style, used to do die at very young ages, in their 50s and it was a mystery why this was happening. Similarly, the entire sequence shown in Figure 2 is a single movement.

Tensho (kata)

References [ Labbate ] Marvin Labbate First consider the opening movement from the kata shown in Figure 4 a in which the right hand is opened. Tensho Kata h i Push-hands Figure 7: Two students begin tennsho the onguard position with hands positioned so that a grab is formed at the wrist; the students touch by locking these hooks together d.

The defender guides the strike to a cupped hand positioned just off the body. As I have mentioned earlier, in daily life we are not conscious of breathing. Combining Several Skills Principle 3: Grabbing and Sticking Figure 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.


Instead, it emanates from the center of the body, and in particular the tanden, a region in the lower abdomen Labbate Transferring energy by coupling the principles Applications Figure 15 demonstrates the practical application of the first sequence from Tensho shown in Figure 1. As the left hand is placed into the chambered position, the right hand is opened b.

Sanchin structure is momentarily lost as the shoulder muscle group is opened allowing energy to flow from the center into the strike b. This block redirects the opponent while energy is loaded c for the final palm-heel strike d. Just as in the previous drill, the movement begins from the onguard position g.

Finally, the right hand is used to perform a palm-heel strike to the head f.

Tensho Kata: Goju-ryu’s Secret Treasure

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TENSHO Kata 転掌 – Shito-ryu Shukokai Union

Opening and Closing provides an explosive release of energy directed at the instant of a strike. There are still lots of inside tech. The first sequence begins from the double block position in right Sanchin stance a. Therefore, I consider quite gensho to say that this has also White Crane influences, but please feel to correct me!