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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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. Just go on YouTube and search these kata names, you will find so many different and interesting videos to watch! 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.

So, enjoy Tensho kata and thank you very much for reading this article. Tensho kata contains the Okinawan push-hands drills kakie and incorporates a wealth of concealed meanings to teach and develop these soft internal components of the style.

This Kata will teach you the importance of forefinger and thumb positioning when you twist your palm.

Finally, to develop power in the techniques, transitional principles such as the karate- drum can be integrated with kata training Kkata 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.

To understand this internal principle, place the arm into the position shown in Figure 3 tenso with a partner on the left supporting the arm. Now the concepts from both these extremes are merged: Second Sequence, taken from Tensho Notice how all of the principles of structure, movement, and breathing are carried over from Sanchin kata Labbate An analogy that is helpful in understanding this difference is to think of the destructive force associated with a whip: The second article focussed on transitional principles, such as the karate drum, push-hands, body shifting, and partner training Labbate Centering and Connectivity Figure 10 shows how this technique is combined with weight transitioning.


The relatively simple and beautiful structure of this complex kata is indeed deceptive. Figure 12 shows the new soft fluid movement; notice how different the sequence is from the hard original structure.

For example, if you can imagine how you would react if you have a car accident, when your car is struck from behind. What he tried to explain to me and I hope that I have understood it correctly is that your whole tenshl should act as an extension of your whole body, it should be supported by your whole body.

Tensho Kata: Goju-ryu’s Secret Treasure

Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. The transition from this position to the final strike position occurs gradually throughout the technique, just as a whip unravels during flight.

Taken alone, Tensho is deceptively simple and beautiful but beneath it is hidden a wealth of martial treasure. The attacker determines the speed, power, and direction of the strike while the defender fensho focuses on maintaining contact.

Sanchin stance is used to bring all of the leg muscles under tension; the body weight is lowered and becomes firmly rooted, gripping the floor through correct positioning of the feet. Tensho Basics Tensho should initially be performed as a hard kata, using the basic principles taught through the study of Sanchin kata. This is usually practised by Shorin styles, but tfnsho Goju schools have adopted this, seeing oata as a missing crane form from Naha Te that follows the Buddhist numerological sequence 3, 6, 18, 36, 54or SanchinRokkishu kwta, SepaiSanseiruGojushiho and Suparipai.

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 body and without extraneous movements. When we push the abdomen we need to breathe out, this will keep the blood flow to the brain normal.

Every Kata has an associated tempo and timing. These concepts are but a few of tensjo hidden treasures within the kata. Applying ,ata 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.


Similarly, the entire sequence shown in Figure 2 is a single movement. Combining Several Skills Principle 3: Moving from the center reduces extraneous arm movement and maintains a reinforced structure. Transferring energy by coupling the principles Applications Figure 15 demonstrates the practical application of the first sequence from Tensho shown in Figure 1.

This creates strong pressure which can cause the veins in the brain to rupture or burst. Grabbing at the wrist in the on-guard position In the next movement from the kata, shown in Tnsho 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. If the arm is relaxed, the partner feels the heaviness of the arm as it fails to support tenshl if the arm is released it falls away without control b. Centering and Weight Twnsho Principle 6: By stopping breathing we can store power in an instant, and our body can help to resist the impact of the collision.

Tensho by Mas Oyama (video)

The roles are then reversed and the attacker redirects i. I hope you can find the information herein useful. Finally, a second palm-heel strike occurs d. When you go from down to right, your index finger should be the axis around which your hand slowly rotates.

Push-hands corresponds to the application ofTensho tenhso and teaches sticking, sensing, following, redirecting, loading, and rebounding countering. 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. Tensho kata certainly makes no exception!

Tensho by Mas Oyama (video)

Transferring Weight There are several common errors to be avoided in performing this drill. Opening and Closing provides an explosive release of energy directed at the instant of a strike. Opening and Closing Principle 7: