Chinto is ‘the end' according to Ohtsuka sensei

chinto should be 'the end'

Like Kushanku is the ‘end’ of Pinan; Chinto can be regarded as the ‘end’ of all Kata - in particular the internal strength Kata. The sequence should therefore always be Naihanchi, Seishan, Chinto. Naihanchi starts with programming your body. Seishan continues to develop this skill with different types of body movement and techniques. This Kata finalises this by increasing the variety and difficulty of the techniques as opposed to Seishan.

Chinto combines the skills from Kushanku, Naihanchi and Seishan all together in one Kata.

Wadokai Chinto


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demonstrations of chinto


Yes. Different rhythms are possible in the same Kata. BUT the rhythm affects techniques and their emphasis. It's therefore of extreme importance not to just "find your own rhythm" or "give the Kata rhythm". Be aware that if you pick a rhythm without realising the consequence of that rhythm - you may completely miss the point...


Play the slow version a couple of times. First watch the elbow, then watch the knees. Etcetera. This will help you focus on one thing at a time a progress accordingly.

Chinto performance, slow and close ups from multiple angles

key points and explanations of chinto

the full walkthrough

don't twist your hips, do this instead

Chinto contains advanced skill and therefore does not simply rely on hip twisting. In fact, one of the reasons for using Seishan Dachi is to focus on centre line squeezing. 

hiji uke to sagi dachi

Axis rotation, timely relaxation and expansion are just some of the features of this part of Chinto.

the last part of chinto

It's easy to always talk about axis rotation, but what about the movement of your hands? Any action has a reaction so your job is to make sure that your hand movement has a positive affect on your axis movement.

quick walkthough

This walkthrough goes through the Kata in one go, mentioning what to pay attention to as you perform.

analysis of the first embusen

Watch Sakagami sensei explain the first embusen as I complement it with other pictures and footage.