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Sanchin Kata: Three Battles Karate Kata (YMAA)


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Traditional Training Methods for Karate Power The Sanchin Kata, or 'Three Battles Sequence', is an ancient form that can be traced back to the roots of karate. Some consider it the missing link between Chinese kung fu and Okinawan karate. Sanchin Kata is known to develop extraordinary quickness and generate remarkable power. This program breaks down the form piece by piece, body part by body part, so that the hidden details of the kata are revealed. Regular practice of Sanchin Kata conditions the body, trains correct alignment, and teaches the essential structure needed for generating power within all of your karate movements. Many karate practitioners believe that Sanchin Kata holds the key to mastering the traditional martial arts. Though it can be one of the simplest forms to learn, it is one of the most difficult to perfect. Goju-Ryu 5th-dan Kris Wilder offers in-depth exploration of Sanchin Kata, with detailed instruction of the essential posture, linking the spine, generating power, and demonstration of the complete Sanchin Kata. Simply put, your Karate will never be the same. YMAA PRODUCTION - KRIS WILDER - SANCHIN KATA - WRITTEN BY KRIS WILDER - PERFORMED BY KRIS WILDER WITH KEN CRAGGS - EDITING AND DVD PRODUCTION BY OCEAN SILVER - PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY DAVID SILVER

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...dispels the myths... straightforward and accessible ... put the lessons of Sanchin to the test... a truly great piece of work... --Iain Abernethy, 5th dan, British Combat Association Hall of Fame Member

...dispels the myths... straightforward and accessible ... put the lessons of Sanchin to the test... a truly great piece of work... --Iain Abernethy, 5th dan, British Combat Association Hall of Fame Member

...dispels the myths... straightforward and accessible ... put the lessons of Sanchin to the test... a truly great piece of work... --Iain Abernethy, 5th dan, British Combat Association Hall of Fame Member

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kris Wilder
  • Directors: David Silver
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: YMAA Publishing
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0034K6OYY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,132 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Sanchin kata is a very unusual form.
RichardW
I like the way the instructor used analogies to explain his thoughts: The Goldie Locks rule, not too much, not too little, just right.
Zenpony
Kris Wilder works with a student who he has go through the Kata while Wilder explains in great detail how to position the body.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric Parsons on February 7, 2010
Last summer, I had the pleasure of training with Sensei Kris Wilder. The first half of his seminar covered much of the information contained in this video, and I can vouch for its efficacy. For starters, Sensei Wilder hits hard. Getting punched by him (at less than full power and through a thick phone book) could best be described as having a bomb go off in your chest. Clearly, this is a man who knows what he is doing. However, the great thing is that the skills he uses to create that level of power are replicable. Having incorporated what Sensei Wilder taught into my training and classes in the months since the seminar, I have noticed a significant increase in the power of my striking techniques. And I am not alone. All of my senior students have similarly seen improvement in their karate, which they directly attribute to Sensei Wilder's structure work. As a result, I am convinced that if a student puts in the time and effort with the material contained in this video, he or she will see marked improvement in his or her techniques.

Now, with regard to the specific content of the video, the focus of the film is strictly on the structure of the stance sanchin dachi. Although Sanchin Kata is demonstrated several times during the introduction and conclusion of the video, there is no instruction on the outward details of the form. Based on the introduction to the video (which is an excellent piece in and of itself), I believe that this was done purposefully so that the contents of the video could be applied across styles and could be incorporated into whichever form of Sanchin Kata that the viewer practices. No, instead of teaching the viewer how to do the form in his style, Sensei Wilder teaches how to make whichever version of Sanchin the viewer practices better.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Forsythe on June 8, 2010
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I really wanted to like this DVD. It's on a topic that I have a lot of interest in. But it wasn't as good as I thought it would be given all the reviews of it that I read. Not that it was bad, but I think I got my expectations up a bit too high.

I am also a GoJu Ryu black belt and have been studying martial arts of several types since the late '70s. Sanchin kata is the foundation of my primary style.

Yes, there were some very detailed explanations of what to do. What I found somewhat lacking were explanations of why to do it the way that was being shown.

For example, there was a lot of detail presented about how to place the feet in the Sanchin stance. But I found the explanation less than compelling that part of the reason for this placement was so that the middle toe of the foot was pointing straight forward, thus giving the stance is characteristic pigeon-toed appearance and feel.

There was no real "why" given as far as "why" it might be important to have the middle toe pointing straight forward (or why it would have to be exactly that position as opposed to slight variations on the angle). Saying that this position actually has the foot pointing forward, even though it feels pigeon-toed, is not really an explanation in my view.

And perhaps my disappointment in this sort of explanation is partly due to my having my own ideas about why the stance is the way that it is. In my mind, this has a lot to do with wrapping the musculature around the leg bones to take the slack out of the system and thus better supporting the skeletal structure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zenpony VINE VOICE on June 14, 2010
Sanchin Kata Traditional Training for Karate Power by Kris Wilder could have been called Traditional Training for Martial Power.
There is a great deal of instruction on the principles of structure. Mr. Wilder says that "form must follow function and the function must be clear." He does a great job of doing just that. Starting at the feet and working up the body to the kua, arms, back, spine and head;he clearly shows correct and incorrect position. I had a smile when he continued to correct the overly bend back leg of the student, as my own taiji teacher was working on that with me this week. Good alignment is key to any form.

The filming of this DVD is clear, the studio set clean and easy to see the full body of the players. The outside venue where the form is demonstrated is quite beautiful and also shows the form being played on rocky ground, not just a flat dojo floor.

I like the way the instructor used analogies to explain his thoughts: The Goldie Locks rule, not too much, not too little, just right. Not too much blocking, not too little power, just right in every sequence.
He also talks about bringing rocks back from the moon. Some of the rocks brought back from the moon expeditions were put on immediate display so that people could wonder at them and learn about them. However some of the rocks were put away for a later date, when scientists are ready to reveal more of the secrets. Just like the katas, you are never ready to learn everything about them at first glance. (as in all other forms of martial arts). He also speaks somewhat about the history, in general of Sanchin Kata. He tells how it was used to protect the family and how, in order to be effective, not every secret was taught to every student.
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