Dynamic Tension in Sanchin

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Dynamic Tension in Sanchin

Postby NEB » Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:21 pm

Greetings folks!

I was wondering if anyone here has heard of, taught or learned Sanchin kata being practiced with dynamic tension/muchimi. Not at a slow pace, I mean going through the form at a normal (fast) pace but maintaining dynamic tension in the shoulders and arms while doing all the movements.
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Re: Dynamic Tension in Sanchin

Postby NEB » Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:45 am

Tough crowd ... or no crowd.
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Re: Dynamic Tension in Sanchin

Postby paulg » Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:14 am

NEB, Sure, why not try it for a while and see if there is a gain. I wouldn't teach a beginner that way, but assuming you are a dan-ranked guy, you should feel free to experiment. That's how science and art advance.
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Re: Dynamic Tension in Sanchin

Postby NEB » Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:35 pm

Well, I ask because we've always done it this way. Mind you, its not done with full tension, but we do maintain some during the practice with good results. The kata is still performed at normal speed.
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Re: Dynamic Tension in Sanchin

Postby gmattson » Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:18 pm

A difficult subject to explain and therefore was a major problem transmitting the information from teacher to student.

I teach what Tomoyose drilled into me. Pull the shoulders down, using your lats. Hence the tapping of lats during sanchin "check". It is much easier to simply tighten everything, especially when a teacher is pounding the $#%& out of various parts of your body, before the student understands what should be a gradual strengthening of the body with proper performance of sanchin. Think more about the concept of "compressing" arm muscles (developing muscles and bones) by pulling down with the lats, tightening the hands/fist while strengthening the lower body pulling inward with your rear end and gripping the floor by lifting arches. As you develop your sanchin you will begin to understand how your body functions in a natural manner. Excessively brutal "testing" only hurts your body. . . and teaches you to hold breath, lock up. . . but it feels so good when it stops and provides great entertainment to an audience.
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