Thank for the post and I agree with you 100% _
I am also following with interest the Three year sanchin discussion on Bill’s forum but keeping my posts there at a minimum lest I be accused once again of ‘high-jacking threads’ _ it seems that if you have a different opinion and express it passionately, then you are a ‘highjacker’
For example, I know you love sanchin [so do I_ not one day goes by that I don’t practice it intensely as you have seen me do at the Shinkookai]
And as to sanchin kata _ we don’t want to get away from the focus of the importance of sanchin, and disparage Max on his three years practice belief_ he is doing what works for him best and I applaud him.
It is a very important kata [exercise…as some believe it is _rather than a kata_ ask around] _
The benefits of its practice are legion [yet there has been a downside indicated as you will read in a moment] _
It is like a foundation to a house, physical and mental ‘centering’ iron shirt and power mechanics for delivery on target without having to use hips gyrations, rather launching a strike by subtle body torque as we see a ‘Rabesa’ do in such ‘terminal ways’ _ and there is more.
Is it truly necessary to have to practice sanchin for three years before moving on to bigger/better things [if you believe the other two main kata are bigger and better as a goal of your training] or can ‘bigger / better things be developed at once due to training evolution?
These are reasonable questions and reasonable thoughts expressed by reasonable and intelligent new students.
Uechi Kanei added material taught in
this art. He devised a set of preliminary and supplementary exercises to warm up the student and to teach him basic
karate skills. He also created five bridging katas, which server as stepping stones between the three main kata taken from Pangai-noon.
He also devised several pre-arranged sparring drills designed to teach the skills needed for free style
Uechi Kanei kept teaching in Futenma until he died on February 2, 1991.
Why would Kanbun’s son change his father’s training method? Why did he not insist on a three year sanchin practice for all students?
Are we harming our beginner students by even showing them more advanced kata?
Rabesa will tell you that in the days of the Columbus ave dojo, George would shut the dojo door while the more senior people were practicing Sanseiryu_
I am sure George had a good reason for it but many people still wonder why it was done_maybe he will explain on line.
So the question is _ Are the Uechi masters of today [in Okinawa or the world] worse off or better off _ and why_ for not having trained sanchin exclusively for three years before learning another Uechi move? If worse off_ tell us how you measure that_
Max is of course not implying any of this..he just trains according to his own beliefs which must be respected.
Now here is something worth looking at_
Many Okinawan Karate authorities criticize the regular practice of Sanchin Kata for health reasons. Sanchin is a pseudo-isotonic and pseudo-isometric exercise which enables one to achieve and sustain a high heart rate with low impact.
The deep tension breathing in Sanchin also opens the lungs, increases blood circulation, opens the capillaries, strengthens the heart muscle, massages the lymph system, and opens epidermal glands.
However, Sanchin has also been blamed for the early deaths of many Okinawan karate masters, mainly from the Naha-Te based Karate styles, which practice Sanchin rigorously.
The incorrect practice of Sanchin results in physiological damage due to the rapid, drastic haemostatic pressure changes and hastens the onset of a stroke or aneurysm to those individuals prone to arteriosclerosis.
When Sanchin is practiced correctly, without putting excess strain on the smaller arteries and the bowels, it proves beneficial. Forced Sanchin practice increases blood pressure due to strain placed on small arteries of the body.
incorrect practice of Sanchin <
What is this? So many seniors like to make this statement but don’t like to explain on line what it means and what the correct way…is
So from a medical viewpoint _ what do we eliminate from Sanchin that might hurt us as above?