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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Each movement on the left is balanced in time with the corresponding movement on the right. By paying attention to these points, practice the breathing, softening the abdomen.

Goju-Ryu Kata – Tensho – Black Belt Wiki

The practice of Tensho is now used to build these centering and connectivity concepts as shown in Figure 9. Push-hands — Following The same movement from the kata can also be applied through a third push-hands drill, shown in Figure 6to develop the skill of redirecting the energy of an opponent.

As the knife hand block is performed, weight transfers to the forward foot delivering power into the block b. Movement to the second knife block is achieved without extraneous arm motion, maintaining Sanchin structure, by weight transitioning and moving from the center b. When you go from down to right, your index finger should be the axis around which your hand slowly rotates. Figure 12 shows the new soft fluid movement; notice how different the sequence is from the hard original structure.

The second sequence, shown in Figure 2, follows directly in the kata. This is something that I have not seen in many different organizations and I find it to be a very interesting approach.

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Just go on YouTube and search these kata names, you will find so many different twnsho interesting videos to watch! These concepts were introduced through the study of the rising block and are typically taught in the two years prior to reaching black belt level.

As the left hand is placed into the chambered position, the right hand is opened b. Weight transitioning is used to reinforce the transfer of power into a technique and enhance stability. From this grabbing position, both students roll theirs hands over at the wrist maintaining contact e.

Thus in Figure 1, the entire sequence from a up to and including e is used to inhale, and only the strike in f is associated with exhalation. If instead the arm is held using the principles of Sanchin kata, the teneho muscle group is locked down, the arm is held under c. Tens ho Kata This movement corresponds to the second push-hands drill, shown in Figure 6 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.


Roles are then reversed allowing the attacker to stick, redirect, etnsho hand counter i. Tensho Basics Tensho should initially be performed as a hard kata, using the basic principles taught through the study of Sanchin 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.

Breathing can be done properly, it can also be practiced in the wrong way. There is a method of breathing 60 times, in the early morning to keep our good health, this will make tebsho body comfortable and you will move easily throughout the day.

After the strike has made impact, the shoulder muscle group returns to a locked Sanchin structure, conserving the remaining energy for tenshi next technique c. Weight Transitioning The karate drum refers to a series of drills that gradually teach the student the internal structure associated with delivering power in karate techniques Kats Finally, a second palm-heel strike occurs d.

Figure 8 shows a simple drill that builds upon the karate drum to develop this principle. 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 kara hand b. 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.

And at this part, I find it very amusing to mention that while reading several articles online on Tensho kata, I discovered the significance of numbers in kata. All of the techniques in Tensho can be practiced in this manner, maintaining Sanchin structure. The correct way ,ata breathing is to first breathe out, then breathe in.

However, just before contact, the defender redirects the strike by rotating the hips away causing the strike to miss the body entirely h. This was supposed to be a drill by two people. Breathing is coordinated with movement, following the general guidelines used in lifting weights: First Sequence, taken from Tensho Figure 2: The desired kafa is an explosion of energy directed at a point on the body of the opponent.

In contrast, the modified strike rensho energy like the whip, smoothly transitions the energy into the strike, explodes with devastating impact upon the target, and subsequently returns to a locked Sanchin structure in preparation for subsequent movements. The hensho then performs a palm-heel strike to which the defender sticks and follows f.


Building upon this soft form of kata training, it is now possible to show the push-hands kakie applications derived from Tenshho – principles that allow a defender to sense and anticipate the movements of an opponent Labbate Many of the drills kaa in these articles are concerned with how incrementally to build techniques that transfer this energy into the powerful delivery of blocks, punches, and kicks Labbate Push-hands corresponds to the application ofTensho kata and teaches sticking, sensing, following, redirecting, loading, and rebounding countering.

Applying the Second Sequence tenhso 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. Many of the common errors can be avoided by slow practice with the knees slightly bent. Tensho kata certainly makes no exception!

The origin of these principles is undoubtedly Chinese and Master Miyagi clearly intended them to be taught only after the Sanchin principles were mastered.

This concept is illustrated through the palm-heel strike taken from Tensho in Figure This plays a significant role, as he said to me, in keeping your arm as close to your body as possible when rotating. References [ Labbate ] Marvin Labbate Just not TOO strong, you always have to remember to be relaxed, because the philosophy is that you will also have to be able to move and change position when required! Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet.

The central concept is to transfer weight between techniques so that the body is always in either an offensive or defensive posture; rooted to the floor, at the same time stable and balanced.

Goju-Ryu Kata – Tensho

Notice that in the only manner in which this transition can occur is the body rotates from the center into the knife block b. Once again the basic hook is used to grab and stick to the attacker. 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.