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Taikyoku Sandan: the return of Sempaï


Taikyoku Sandan: the return of Sempaï

Here we are at the end of our trilogy of Master Funakoshi's Taikyoku.
We had studied initially Taikyoku Shodan, with educational about rotations and in the study of Taikyoku Nidan, we insisted on the placement of the shoulder during Tsuki Jodan.
But, before approaching the kata Taikyoku Sandan, I would like to return to the notion of karate and the art of war that I had addressed in the preamble of the article on Taikyoku Nidan. Indeed following this article, I had a lot of reactions because some believe that Karate is not an art of war. Not being history buffs myself, I preferred to ask other people's opinions on various forums and the number of different and varied answers that I received made me want to make you one of them. synthesis to know whether or not Karate is a war art.
However, to avoid overloading this article initially devoted to learning Taikyoku Sandan, I put this synthesis in a separate article. You will discover it by clicking on the link below:

Is Karate an art of war?

Taikyoku Sandan: Detailed study

This Kata is not going to be very difficult to learn because the Embusen remains the same as for the other two Taikyoku. The only difference is in the blockages on the short sides.
Indeed, we will not do Gedan-Barai en Zenkutsu DachiMore Uchi Uke en Kokutsu Dachi. For the big straight line, you will do like in Taïkyoku Nidan 2015. Oizuki at the Jodan level.

So we will discuss in the video of this Taikyoku, the difference in the rotations that will be done with an opening at the hips to finish in position Kokutsu Dachi. During these rotations, there will be more weight transfer to the front leg with push on the back heel, but instead, a stabilization on the back leg.

Taikyoku, complicated simplicity:

In the title, I'm talking about the return of the Sempaï, because even if the kata Taikyoku have been developed for pedagogical purposes of learning, it will be useful for the Sempaï (advanced students) not to neglect them and return regularly to work.
They will be for them a return to basics and essentialsl. I often say that Taikyoku contain the essence of Karate. That's not to say that karate comes down to Taikyokufar from it, but these kata are so simple and clean that you can not cheat with them.
Let me explain : the simplicity of the techniques of Taikyoku requires us, even more than on other Kata, to perfection. We can not hide behind a complicated sequence or an impressive jump to be self-satisfied.
In Taikyokuwhatever your level, you will never be satisfied because you will always find a small error in your performance: stability, placement, accuracy, kime, speed, slackness ... each efficiency criterion is quite simple to analyze in a Taikyoku because there is no flourish that comes to parasitize him. So you'll easy to self-correct and progress.

By working your Taikyokuyou will evolve your karate deeply and you will feel it later in the other kata and in your practice in general. This is where Taikyoku are, in my opinion, the essence of Karate.

Taikyoku are therefore both simple and complicated:

Simplebecause it takes very little time to learn, even for a beginner.

complicatedbecause we never succeed in doing them properly and we will always find a source of progress.

This complementary duality is omnipresent in Taikyoku : Taikyoku is often translated as "the great whole" or "the supreme ridge" or the figure of the highest ridge is the taijitu 太極 圖 / 太极 图, the very symbol of Yin Yang, which is found in Chinese philosophy and represents the complementarity between Yin ( black (or often blue), feminine, moon, dark, cold, negative, etc.) and the Yang (white (or often red), masculine, sun, light, heat, positive, etc.).

Taikyoku should be studied as Kata containing a strong duality between hard and soft, between strength and flexibility, contraction and relaxation ... They should reflect both the stability and the calm of the mountain, the fluidity and the incessant flow of a river.

In short do not neglect these kata because they seem simple to you, they have a lot to teach you. They will know to grow the karateka that is in you. Impregnate Taikyoku and you will progress day by day even in kata that seem much more complicated.

I'll let you go to the locker room now to train. After usual warm-ups, I find you in the video of Taikyoku Sandan.

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Erratum : Attention in the video, on the last sequence, I do 3 Tsuki chudan level, it is a mistake. In Taikyoku Sandan, the Tsuki straight lines, on the go as well as on the return, are at the Jodan level

I am waiting for your comments below : Tell me what you think about Taikyoku !

Are they for you the essence of karate or just basic kata?

See you soon,

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  1. Hello,
    always so clear in the pedagogy, bravo, I did not find as well in the description of the movements, if not, it is necessary to spend more time to handle the mouse of the computer, that to make the movements.
    on the other hand how to do the kata when there is no room to do it from one end to the other, I am forced to change rooms in my apartment or to go on the spot, I live in a small apartment.
    Thanks in advance.

  2. Thank you Marc for the compliment.
    The essence of Karate is an image.
    In fact I think that if we do not master the basics we can not progress and Taikyoku can perfect these bases.
    For karate and the art of war, I prefer not to say yet because my article is not finished, but your comment is full of common sense.

  3. Hello Bruno,
    Your articles are more and more interesting, so I went back to work on the "Taikyoku", I do not think that is the essence of Karate Dô, I believe, but it only binds me, that this are "Kata" that bring together grassroots movements to better address the "Heian" and the superiors.
    In an attempt to answer your question about the Art of War, I remain firmly convinced that it is a war art in the service of peace.
    Good Sunday, friends, @ +.


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