New PDF release: Kata Tensho

By Chris Rowen

Tensho, which accurately capability 'turning hands', is likely one of the major different types of the GoJu tuition of karate-do. This e-book covers 500 years of the heritage of this manner including one hundred sixty step by step illustrated directions for its use this day.

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If someone is close enough to strike then you have to block or redirect the blow. Blocks can be performed in one of two ways; either by Heishu (closed hand or fist) or Kaishu (open-handed). The vast majority of blocks in Kata Tensho are performed open-handed. In the practice of all basic positions and blocks, keep the back straight with the feet a shoulder-width apart and the knees bent. Relax the shoulders and breathe normally. Practise diligently and slowly to begin with. All techniques to be practised on both sides, especially Mawashi Uke.

Keep the soles of the feet firmly on the floor. D7: COMPLETION OF FORWARD MOVEMENT The left foot has now completed the semi-circular movement into left Sanchin Dachi. D8: GRIPPING THE FLOOR At completion, adjust the feet so that the toes point slightly inwards. Grip the floor with the toes. To move into right Sanchin Dachi, repeat the process on the opposite side. NB: MOVEMENT SHOULD BE PERFORMED SMOOTHLY FROM ONE STANCE TO ANOTHER WITH NO PERCEPTION OF DIFFERENCE IN HEIGHT, WHICH WOULD INDICATE BEING OFF BALANCE IN SOME WAY.

K15: NUKITE (Finger Strike) This is a specialised and very effective striking technique with the back of the hand straight and fingers bent and bunched close together to form a unified striking area. This is then applied with a twisting action. As great care and practice is required to prevent self-injury, this technique is not as well used as in previous times. K16: NAOTE (Closing Procedure) At the end of the exercise, the heels are brought together and at the same time the open left hand makes a downward vertical movement as the right hand comes to join it on a horizontal plane.

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