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#106240 - 08/31/04 10:53 AM Opening movement to Tekki
creative Offline
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Just a little curious about the first movment of tekki.
I have seen 2 main variations to it.
1) Some styles start the kata by bringing both hands together at around groin level a few inches away from the body.
2) the other variation is where the hands start at face level, palms towards face. from here they are lowered to the groin posistion(as above).

Do you know where these variations come from? Or which styles practice which?

I hope my description was clear enough

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#106241 - 09/07/04 12:53 PM Re: Opening movement to Tekki
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Not getting much attention.

Here is an example of the first:
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/terry.tozer/katas/TekkiShodan.mpg

Here is an example of the second movement although i have seen slight variations:
http://www.goyukan.net/video/shorin/naihanchi.mpg

I am just curious as from where these two variations come from.
I have tried different applications to this move, the most sucessful being a wrist lock. I was wondering how many of you include this movement as part of the kata bunkai?

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#106242 - 09/07/04 08:20 PM Re: Opening movement to Tekki
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My favorite way of looking at the opening movements (hands out front, pointing slightly down at 45 degree angle, stepping down with slight rotation to the right) as intercepting a kick. The left arm stays under the leg as the right comes up and out to deflect a punch, possibly to be held by the left hand. The right leg comes up to knee the attacker in the sciatic nerve of the kicking leg, or to stomp on a knee. Either one puts the attacker in a nice position for the elbow strike to the base of the skull, with the option of then pulling his head back (the 'down block') and jamming the following short punch into the exposed throat.




[This message has been edited by Ayotl (edited 09-07-2004).]

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#106243 - 09/08/04 04:08 PM Re: Opening movement to Tekki
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The Tekki kata were originally practiced on Okinawa under the name of Naihanchi and formed the base kata of many Shorin-Ryu systems. In turn, this kata was an adaptation of Naifaunchin, the translation of which is close to “Internal Divided Conflict” (chin as in SanChin or 3 battles)

If you have a copy of Funakoshi’s ‘Karate-Do Kyohan’ you will be able to see that in Tekki Shodan (1st part) the hands are brought together in front of the groin and represent a symbolic Buddhist opening. In parts 2 and 3 you step straight into the techniques with no opening. (the bow performed in Shotokan at the start is a recent edition)

In Shoshin Nagamine’s “The Essence of Okinawa Karate-Do” the double hand arrangement does appear at the beginning of each part. However the earliest version of the form is Naifaunchin and only has one opening sequence as it was originally one long form.

You are correct in the assumption that the bunkai to such a movement is from a wrist grab, I experimented with this years ago and came to the same conclusion however would come un-stuck for realistic application several moves later largely because the mentality of teachers was to declare it as a ‘in combat’ or ‘boxing’ kata.

Naifaunchin is neither of these as combat does not take place along a neatly arranged line. Such misconceptions arise from a lack of knowledge or commonsense on early pioneers of karate who perhaps witnessed Chinese practitioners demonstrating only the solo sequence. And also because Chokki Motobu (renowned for his fighting ability) went on record as saying one need only study naihanchi.

In fact Naifaunchin is a physical encyclopedia of grappling techniques evoling most likely from Chinese Chin-Na styles. A combat system that was later adopted into military training to teach grappling.

Practiced with a partner Naifaunchin serves as an excellent training drill developing a wide range of joint manipulations and unbalancing techniques similar in scope to sticking hands practice.

Through Naifaunchin we are able to ‘feel’ when an opponent is off balance and proceed to bring them under control. “Internal Divided Conflict” is likely to relate in the same way as the 3-battles of Sanchin do. The conflict of bringing the 3 spheres of the human mind/brain under control as opposed to the typical mind/body and spirit trinity.

If you’re still with me you can check the photos in the book and see that the closed fist portions of the forms are peculiar in that the index finger is not in the usual position for punching. This is because by keeping the finger free, the remaining fingers can form a tighter grip. Extra training for developing a strong grip, not punching as it actually weakens the fist for a regular corkscrew punch. The creators of kata were wise indeed.

Interested in all this? Check out Nathan Johnson’s “Barefoot Zen” I met him about two years after coming up with the wrist lock technique and discovered that he has done amazing research into this form.

Now this might bake your noodle! If Naifaunchin used to be the first kata taught in Shorin based systems, can karate really be regarded as not being a grappling art? The Chin-Na techniques also outdate ju-jitsu and provide a completely different repetoire.

[This message has been edited by Akiba (edited 09-08-2004).]

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#106244 - 09/08/04 06:14 PM Re: Opening movement to Tekki
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First, good reply.

The different index finger form could be interpreted as ippon ken, a tech Motobu Choki was famous for.

Contrary to popular belief, koryu JJJ and Okinawan Te, were MAs that encompassed all ranges, even the use of weapons.

This doesn't mean that Okinawan karate is a grappling art first. Au contraire it is quite evident that it is a striking art supplemented by the other skills needed for all ranges. The one exception in Ryukyuan MAs would be Motobu Udunti, the real Motobu family art that Choki was not privy too.

Naihanchi teaches many things, most importantly change-body stepping and close range striking with locks and controls for fighting one or multiple opponents.

The beginning movement in Shorin Ryu, where the right hand is placed in the left hand and thrust upwards at neck level is quite self-explanatory. It's a a break against the thumbs for a choke or against someone attempting to hold your arms (with a simultaneous reinforced throat spear strike). The movement then turns the hands palm down which leads to a hip girdle (or groin) reinforced strike and/or push against a front bear hug. Of course there are many interpretations for this "ritualistic" opening movement.

From bow to bow, there are zero wasted movements in the kata.

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#106245 - 09/09/04 09:43 AM Re: Opening movement to Tekki
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Does everyone think that the opening movements of kata were suppose to be part of the application?
I mean you can take just about any body movement(within reason) and give it a bunkai. For example is it a bow or is it a headbutt to the nose attempting to knock the opponent out...
Is there any reference by past masters of these oppening movements being applied?

Just thoughts

Richard

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#106246 - 09/09/04 10:43 AM Re: Opening movement to Tekki
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by creative:
Not getting much attention.

Here is an example of the first:
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/terry.tozer/katas/TekkiShodan.mpg

Here is an example of the second movement although i have seen slight variations:
http://www.goyukan.net/video/shorin/naihanchi.mpg

I am just curious as from where these two variations come from.
I have tried different applications to this move, the most sucessful being a wrist lock. I was wondering how many of you include this movement as part of the kata bunkai?

[/QUOTE]

It look just like one of the Tang Soo Do form of Nahanchi. So similar, the Koreans must have copied it from the Japanese?

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#106247 - 09/09/04 08:25 PM Re: Opening movement to Tekki
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by creative:
Does everyone think that the opening movements of kata were suppose to be part of the application?
I mean you can take just about any body movement(within reason) and give it a bunkai. For example is it a bow or is it a headbutt to the nose attempting to knock the opponent out...
Is there any reference by past masters of these oppening movements being applied?

Just thoughts

Richard
[/QUOTE]

Why not? My sensei was taught these applications by Hohan Soken and Seizan Kinjo. In adition to it being a display of emptyhands (I have no weapons), the opening movements of Naihanchi are different than your typical "I" kata. In fact tyhe opening movements in many kata, take Kusanku for example, all have practical and symbolic application.

The opening hand movements in Patsai/PaiSai/Passai also have symbolic AND practical application. This is only if your sensei's sensei knew this and taught this to his students accordingly.

There is no "thinking" involved, no assumption. Either you are taught a kata with little drift or a lot of drift. The former will have many things in it that are lacking in the latter. That's it.

Do things the way You think they should be done. When it comes to kata I think I'll stick with what Hohan Soken taught, not what I, or you, or anyone else assumes.

Later...

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#106248 - 09/10/04 12:03 AM Re: Opening movement to Tekki
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With Passai, the "first" move and salutation are the same self defense set, to me anyway.

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#106249 - 09/10/04 07:45 AM Re: Opening movement to Tekki
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If you're doing Tang soo do or Tae kwon do or Takin yer do, the 'forms' came from the Japanese. Who got them from the Okinawans. Who got them from the Chinese, for the most part. The notion pf salutations is a bit misguided-everything in the kata has function, like a swiss army knife.

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