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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The attacker then performs a tensbo strike to which the defender sticks and follows f. This drill begins to develop the feeling of following an attack.

If the arm is relaxed, the partner feels the heaviness of the arm as it fails to support itself; if the arm is released it falls away without control b. This corresponds to the first push-hands drill that teaches grabbing and sticking.

From what I understand, by practicing this kata for some 13 years or so now, kats upper body remains relaxed while the lower part of the body remains solid, with a good strong sanchin dachi. This is something that I have not seen in many different organizations and I find it to be a very interesting approach.

Goju-Ryu Kata – Tensho

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. Finally opening and kat provides explosive force at the point of impact.

The goal of this practice is to develop the ability to hold muscles relaxed externally, providing fluidity, yet firm internally, providing strength. Once again the basic hook is used to grab and stick to the attacker. The attacker determines the speed, power, and direction of the strike while the defender simply focuses on maintaining contact.


So, by learning proper breathing techniques and by practicing karate properly, we become happy! The first open-hand middle block is combined with weight transitioning a to grab and redirect the opponent. 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 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.

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.

Notice the use of weight transitioning correctly to position and support the movements throughout this sequence. The shoulder muscle group then returns to a locked Sanchin structure e. Tens ho Kata This kkata corresponds to the second push-hands drill, shown in Figure 6 Centering and Connectivity Figure 10 shows how this technique is combined with weight kats.

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The attacker then strikes slowly and carefully while the defender follows the strike inward maintaining light contact at all times e.

Here the defender grabs an incoming strike asticks to the opponent and redirects the strike b. First consider the opening movement from the kata shown in Figure 4 a in which the right hand is opened. In contrast, the modified strike loads energy like the whip, smoothly transitions the energy into the strike, explodes with devastating impact upon the target, oata subsequently returns to a locked Etnsho structure in preparation for subsequent movements.

In Goju-Ryu beginning students find comprehension of elements that are fundamentally hard go and external easiest to accomplish; study of soft ju and internal elements must build upon that foundation.

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. Two students begin in the onguard position with hands positioned so that a grab is formed at the wrist; the students touch by locking these hooks together d.


Energy is loaded by the defender c and then transferred into the opponent with a strike to the groin d. Palm-heel strike with Sanchin Structure Figure It gives the impression of being full of vigour, to amateurs. At that point understanding of the meaning of the pairings of hard-soft and external-internal principles becomes possible, and for this objective there is no better vehicle of study than Tensho.

Tensho Kata: Goju-ryus Secret Treasure | Karate Kata | Japan

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, kaga controlling contact at all katx.

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. This was supposed to be a drill by two people.

Tensho (kata)

Finally, a second palm-heel strike occurs d. These principles induce body tension, build strength, and ensure the correct positioning of muscle groups, especially the kzta muscle group.

Applying the First Sequence Figure 16 shows a practical close-in application of the second sequence from Tensho. Weight transitioning is used to reinforce the transfer of twnsho into a technique and enhance stability.

References [ Labbate ] Marvin Labbate Every Kata has an associated tempo and timing. The right hand is then turned over into a hooking block position c. Opening and Closing Although Sanchin structure is important in all aspects of training for maintaining the correct positioning of muscle groups, it lacks a key ingredient used in transferring power into a strike. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.