As I have been reading this forum for long time, just now I have decided to start taking active part, below you can find my view on Tensho Kata.
In our school we teach a version introduced by Mas Oyama. Although over time it is bit different few movements were changed to fit with the analysis of hands on interpretation. We are using this magnificent kata for various reasons ranging from health, strength through self-defence, meditation and relaxation training.
Focusing on the self-defence aspects we have three levels of understanding the Tensho:
- Kuzushi, Nage (off balancing and throwing)
- Tuite (joint manipulation)
- Atemi, Kyusho (strikes in to the vital points)
Beginners are introduced to the flow of unbalancing and takedowns with use of the stances and hands movement with use of Tai Sabaki (body movement). In this way students learn effective way of using their body and directions of the techniques.
Intermediate form focuses on the joint and muscle mechanics and how to take advantage of body responses to pain signals. All the movement are transformed to joint locks with use of the stances, body and arms.
The advanced version exploits weak points of the body, putting pressure or strikes to the nervous system, muscle system and other tissues of the body. Neurological responses to the pain.
All this makes Tensho kata very effective weapon in karate, which is often not recognised and used only as a “breathing “Kata.
This video is a representation of the principle shown on Mawashi uke.
Thank you for reading