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As the co-founder of Sword Stick Society International, along with my partner Mataw Guro Lou Lledo-Shihan, we run monthly continuing education workshops and weekly classes in North and Southern New Jersey.
Soke Murphy has been behind the scenes as one of our advisors since our SSSI group was founded almost 3 years ago. In addition, Soke was scheduled to travel with us throughout the workshop circuit, which now has extended to California and to the Philippines.
One of our many diverse workshop topics is ... SANCHIN & TENSHO
Below is one of the many handouts given by us to our students. This should inspire you to research, respectfully challenge, and if you are a practitioner, regardless of your system of study, to take a glimpse into merely one grain of sand to see how all is one. Enjoy ...
___________________________________________________________ Sanchin Dai Kata: Sanchin Dai Kata
, the "great battles/conflicts/pillars form", is a fundamental Okinawan empty hand form, (Kata in Japanese/Okinawan and Kuen in Chinese), with its roots tracing back to a Chinese Temple. It is where an Indian Buddhist Monk, Da Mo (aka. Bodhidarma), around 550 A.D. created strength and endurance Internal Qigong exercises known as the Yi Jin Jing (Muscle/Tendon Changing Classic) and the Xi Sui Jing (Marrow/Brain Washing Classic) routines for longevity and enlightenment. The Shaolin Monks took these principles and adopted them into their daily practices. It is documented that here is where a variety of Shaolin-szu Chuan Fa (Shorinji Kempo) or "Fist Methods" and weapon arts were systematically born for fighting, healing, and spiritual development. Coincidently, one will also find the Taoist arts from Wudang Mountain ... Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang and others formulating simultaneously similar methods of training.
Sanchin is also known in China as ... Sanji, San Chien, San Chan to name a few. This form is known for containing significant methods of Universal Energy (Chi/Ki/Prana) for the production, storage, circulation, and emission necessary in "Iron Shirt/Vest" and "Iron Bell" training ... initially for the body to withstand and absorb forceful blows. In addition, a practitioner develops explosive internal penetrating power (Fa Jin) applied over a short distance through directing mindset, energy production/transfer, and neuro-musculo-skeletal alignments. This revered skill is known throughout the Chinese Martial Arts (Wuyi) as (Yi + Qi + Li = Jin).
Martial Artists traveling the shipping trade routes to Fukien Province in south China brought back to the Ryukyu (Okinawan) Islands precious knowledge in which they incorporated into their own indigenous fighting and healing methods. SANCHIN
, (San=3, Chin=conflicts), translates to 3 battles/conflicts/pillars of which the practitioner journeys a lifelong pursuit in balancing the three internal struggles between the Mind, Body & Spirit. This is done by specific: stepping patterns, torso/trunk/core mechanics, upper arm angulations, and fist/grip methods. All this is powered by: dynamic muscular tension, coordinated deep abdominal breathing, and mental imagery.
This Kata, (pre-arranged sequence), is distinct in its pigeon-toed stance known as Sanchin Dachi where the lead foot is turned inward at a 45 degree angle while the rear foot is facing forward online. Weight is equally distributed on the "balls of the feet" activating the Yongquan K1 acupoint,( aka. Bubbling Well Spring Acupoint-K1:Kidney Meridian). The pelvis is tucked and muscles are contracted throughout the body sequentially to provide proper force acceptance and transfer. A semi-circular stepping pattern advancing forward, crossing and retreating backwards is essential. Slip-Stepping and Circular Stepping patterns are found in advanced stages. Moving instinctively and intuitively is the first step to becoming Formless ... TENSHO
, translates to rotating/revolving palms, is a separate Kata/Kuen whereby the dynamic position and speed of the upper torso and extremities are explored and exemplified. These intricate movements and the dexterous nature of the upper extremity are given names that mimic the animals/insects of Hung Ga Gung Fu, White Crane and Praying Mantis Systems, and the eight palms/energies found in Baquazhang to name a few. These interchangeable tools are deployed with precision for deflections, disengagements, joint locks, sealing of the breath/blood vessels, and acupoint pressure applications.
Even through present day, Sanchin Dai, with its origins traced back to China, is a fundamental Kata/Kuen found in the core curriculum of many Martial Art Systems. By exploring History, understanding Anatomy Physiology, applying Physics ... one can experience a deeper meaning in the refining of oneself in the quest for self mastery and in return the essence of all things.
____________________________________________________________ Prominent Recent Masters: Master Xie Chingxian (aka. Ryu Ryuko 1852-1930):
Along with his students taught Higashionna Kantyu at a young age Fukien White Crane Boxing, Lohan Monk Boxing and Damo Iron Body Skills. Master Higashionna Kanryo (1853-1915):
Naha-te Founder. His teachings evolved into the Shorei (External)School. The students trained for great muscular strength and preferred direct blocks, little change in position and strong crushing attacks launched at close range while holding on to their adversary. Master Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953):
Okinawan Goju-Ryu Founder. Master Miyagi traveled back to explore his teacher's roots in southern China. He was further inspired by White Crane, Sil Lum Praying Mantis, Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, and Baquazhang philosophies and practice. He thereby blended the hardness/tension (Go) of Sanchin Sho, (the smaller abbreviated form), with his own creation of softness/pliability/flow(Ju) skills ... naming it Tensho. This is the marriage of hard/soft, Yin/Yang, In/Yo ... the dynamic interrelationship of opposing elements. Master Gogen "The Cat" Yamaguchi (1909-1989):
Japanese Goju-Ryu Founder. Commencing his training in Jigen-ryu Kenjutsu, Master Yamaguchi was a foremost student of Master Miyagi and was sanctioned to spread the Goju-Ryu System to mainland Japan where he also combined his Shinto religion into his teachings. Master Lou Lledo is one of very few personal apprentices of Master Yamaguchi. Master Tatsuo Shimabuku (1908-1975):
Founder of Isshin Ryu Okinawan Karate was a student of Master Chojun Miyagi amongst others which influenced the development of his own system. In 1969, Soke Murphy received his Senior Master's Certificate in Isshinryu and Kobujutsu Arts from Master Shimabuku. Sword Stick Society International Founders: Mataw Guro Lou Lledo-Shihan
, personal apprentice of Grandmaster Gogen "The Cat" Yamaguchiwww.amara-arkanis.com Dr. Christopher M. Viggiano-Shihan/Shifu
For further information or if you are interested in attending our continual educational events. Dr. Christopher M. Viggiano firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information or clarification, let me introduce you to my very good friends and associates in which I have been affiliated with ... many since the early 1990's, at the Tai Chi Farm Annual Zhang San-Feng Festival
, founded by one of my other very influential teachers, Master Jou, Tsung Hwa (1917-1998)
... who was a very personal friend and teacher to Soke Murphy.
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Dr. Lee's Academy of Martial & Healing Arts
Dr. Yang-Jwing Ming
Yang's Martial Arts Association
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Li Family Daoqiquan
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Capital District Tai Chi & Kung Fu Association
Master Jose Figueroa
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