I rarely do the Sanshin in class. Frankly, I thought it was a little boring and a bit redundant. Then I started noticing Hatsumi Sensei putting a lot of emphasis on the Sanshin, and saying how important it was for training. So I decided to take a second look. The five movements are:.
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I rarely do the Sanshin in class. Frankly, I thought it was a little boring and a bit redundant. Then I started noticing Hatsumi Sensei putting a lot of emphasis on the Sanshin, and saying how important it was for training. So I decided to take a second look. The five movements are:. Note: The above elements correspond to an old method of counting. Although Stephen K. Hayes used elements as a way to classify and describe movements, this is his own invention and does not correspond to anything within Bujinkan nor Japanese training.
The elements themselves are only used as a method of counting — nothing more. Update: After consulting with a number of practitioners that were around in the early days, apparently Hatsumi Sensei would use it as an analogy. Stephen K Hayes ran with that idea to create his method of classifying movement via the Godai. However, the opinion seems to be that it was a bit too simplistic to classify everything purely as a type of element. When Hayes parted ways with the Bujinkan, the Japanese distanced themselves from this idea.
In western language we tend to separate the idea of the mind as that of logic, and heart involving emotion or character. The number three refers to the 3 different ways to train the movements. The three methods are:. While the core movements of the Sanshin do not change, how they are trained depends on which of the above methods is utilized. The Shoshin Gokei level or method involves performing the 5 kata solo against an imaginary opponent.
From a practical sense, this could be viewed as the most rudimentary level of the training where a beginner begins to develop the primary or base movement of Gyokko Ryu.
Each kata is done consciously to condition the hand and leg coordination of the body. Simply put, the student is learning how to perform each movement. To have Shoshin is to leave any preconceptions behind and to view the subject fresh every time. In terms of the movements, this would carry a spirit of exploring. This allows focus to change within practice of the movement.
In my own training I have been emphasizing how the hips move to create power. It feels to me as this is built within each of the Sanshin movements. Yet, that only reflects my own training. When Noguchi Sensei demonstrated it, there was an emphasis on swinging the arms to generate momentum.
Someya Sensei emphasized proper shifting of weight and angling of attack. While the core movements were the same for each, emphasis changed, as each shared what they felt at the time was the hidden value of the movement. When the 5 movements are practiced as Gogyo no Kata, they are performed against an opponent. At this level, a student learns how the theory of the base movement translates into training against an opponent. The Gogyo forces the student to take timing, distance, and other factors into account when applying the technique against an attacker.
The point is to fine tune the base movements, as well as learn how to adapt when conditions vary. The last level is Goshin; the wisdom mind. Here, the kata are performed as a method of meditation to obtain enlightenment. Enlightenment in this sense would be some kind of epiphany. Almost universally, meditation involves some aspect of quieting the mind, and the Sanshin in this case is used as a vehicle for that.
We did a more in-depth article explaining Shuhari that you can read here. This means that the Sanshin is an analogy or allegory for learning in general; it functions as a blueprint on how students are to learn. Not only does it teach core mechanical movements that are built upon later, it also supplies the intended methodology for learning in general. This means that the Sanshin is not only much deeper than a set of basic body movements, but is one of the most important items in the entire art.
At three years old the brain is in a state of rapid learning absorbing huge amounts of information at a time. Thank you for this Shidoshi. Your explanations and thoughtfulness are always appreciated. This gives me even more incentive to find the personal mastery within each movement. Thank you Shidoshi. I love the SanShin. I practice the 5 techniques every day as I walk into work. Your enlightened insight and instruction will definetly expand my mindfulness of training while delving deeper into the infinite possibilities within this art, also applicable to everyday life.
God bless. Good read thank you Sensei. Bujinkan Japanese Martial Arts. Scott Hamilton. Stephen Trudeau September 11, Chad Proctor November 10, Shamsuddin March 25, Enlightening article will focus and pay attention.
Laughing Tengu April 15, I like reading what Hatsumi says or what he mentions that Takamatsu said.
Sanshin No Kata
Taken from Gyokko-ryu , they are pretty much the alphabet of our taijutsu. Hayes, not formal Bujinkan training. The exercises show us the directions our strikes can go. They also drill us in a core defensive tactic — move offline while blocking, instead of standing there and blocking or moving back in panic. And he can move forward faster than you can move backwards.
Log in or Sign up. Martial Arts Planet. In order to not derail the 'bad ninjutsu videos' thread too much, I am answering a few replies to the statement about the Bujinkan sanshin no kata that I made. For those of you that did not read it, I have said that the sanshin no kata is not an original Bujinkan system pre Stephen Hayes era , but is a more recent addition.