Learn Sanchin - Kata for Goju-Ryu Karate

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Learn Sanchin - Kata for Goju-Ryu Karate

This page will help you to learn Sanchin, one of the katas used in Goju-Ryu Karate. For additional Goju-Ryu Karate katas, please visit the main Goju-Ryu Katas page.

Meaning of the Sanchin kata - "Three Battles"

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YouTube Demonstration of Sanchin - Goju-Ryu Kata - Front View

YouTube Demonstration of Sanchin - Goju-Ryu Kata - Side View

YouTube Demonstration of Sanchin - Goju-Ryu Kata

Written Kata Instructions

  • From attention stance
  • Move to Yoi stance with the feet together and hands in front left over right
  • Right foot steps forward into Sanchin dachi
    • The tension in the arms is released as right foot steps, they stay in contact and turn upwards with a double middle block with the right hand in front of the left
    • As the arms raise crossed in front of you you breath in
    • And as the blocks move out into the double block you breath out
    • The left hand pulls back chamber as you breath in
    • With tension in the arm it extends to a middle punch breathing out
    • With tension the arm pulls in slightly as you breath in
    • Then the the arm turns back to middle block breathing out



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