Pinan Sandan has Tenshin as it's main theme

the main focus of pinan sandan

This third Kata of the Pinan series is primarily concerned with development of rotational movement.

Using rotational movement correctly, you can quickly change direction completely. By twisting, you can also generate speed and power as well as angle yourself as opposed to your opponent. All this is covered in Pinan Sandan.

Wheter you want to develop the control of your centre line or increase the sharpness of your Taisabaki - many movements from this Kata will allow you to do just that.

Examples are Soto Uke, Tettsui Uchi and Hiji Uke which I explain and demonstrate in detail below.

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pinan sandan starts with soto uke

Jodan Soto Uke

How to use your hips and knees to turn into Neko Ashi Dachi with Soto Uke

In the past I would just turn to the left and execute Soto Uke. It's OK if YOU are ok... but if you REALLY want to get something out of your training...

I remember I said to Hiroki Ishikawa something like "I wonder if an 8th Dan would say that I would have to twist my hip a bit more". I noticed that my hip was twisted to ALMOST Shomen - but not completely. 

And I was right. I should have twisted a bit more. The difficult part was that twisting was not the solution. Don't make my mistake... Save time and use the key that I mention in the video.

Use this rhythm for Morote Uke

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Mind the trajectory of your elbows

Kata is to learn how to use your body in the most efficient manner. That's why you should NOT do both Morote Uke in combination. I demonstrate exactly how to do it and what to focus on.

applications of morote uke

Being one of the key points of Pinan Sandan, it's a technique well worth exploring from several different angles. As you know, in Wado, Kata is used to learn how to use your body. It's not necessary to do applications based on the hand movements and techniques, but in general that is the standard approach. Note that it is ALWAYS about the principle of movement and the understanding and application of your body movement. You can relate a completely different technique to Pinan Sandan, even if it does not look remotely like it.

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Kaisetsu and Kata Ohyo of morote uke

Ryote Mune Dori

Soto Uke and Gedan Barai can be used for attack as well as defence...

how to turn gedan barai into tsuki with noru

Gedan Barai can be used for attack as well as defence. You can transform it.

Ryote Mune Dori
Transform Gedan Barai into Tsuki with Noru
Shuto Uchi with Hikite
Takedown

pinan sandan Tehodoki to Junzuki

After executing Yonhon nukite in Junzuki dachi (is Chudan, Nukite appears higher due to camera angle), do Mawatte and place the back of your right hand on your tailbone. It is important that you press your hip forward and that you bend your front knee sufficiently, but not too far. As a matter of formality, keep your left fist (Hikite) during the movement at the side of the chest. Make sure to lean forward correctly. Then, move backward and turn your body sharply as you execute Tettsui uchi in Shiko dachi.

The body movement between the leaning stance (cross between Junzuki and Junzuki no tsukkomi dachi) and Shiko dachi can be done in the different ways, as mentioned below. Without knowledge of Karate, just by seeing the body movement and analysing that, you could come to the following possibilities (emphasis on the movement of the upper body):

1: Get straight up as soon as possible, move and execute Tettsui uchi. 
2: Get straight up gradually, so straighten your body throughout the movement and finalise this when you execute Tettsui uchi and take Shiko dachi.
3: Lean forward as long as possible and straighten your body at the last split second as you execute Tettsui uchi.

Which way do you think is the correct way for Wado?

Sakagami sensei uses this way of teaching in class from time to time and likes to get you thinking for yourself. Therefore, I would like to share his method and give you the answer in the video.

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Which way is the right way?

This is one of my favorite teaching ways of Sakagami sensei. It's engaging. It makes you think and raises awareness.

Use this wave to get more power

Without the wave, it's very difficult to use your body to create power.

It is not regular Mawatte

Remember the key is always to USE YOUR WHOLE BODY. It's a pretty awkward movement but very good at the same time to find out about the direction of power.

APPLICATION
Junte dori to shiho nage

Wado Kata and application... In Wado there are two elements of primary importance: Tanren (how to use your body) and : Ri (principle). 

Do's and don'ts of Hiji Uke

Pinan Sandan Hiji Uke Gamae

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Basics of the elbow block

There is more than one way - depending on what you emphasise. The way that I teach in this video though, is the standard version.

When and how to do Hiji Uke

During one of our Exam Trainings I highlighted all Pinan Kata Key Points. Hiji Uke is one of them.

applications of morote uke

Being one of the key points of Pinan Sandan, it's a technique well worth exploring from several different angles. As you know, in Wado, Kata is used to learn how to use your body. It's not necessary to do applications based on the hand movements and techniques, but in general that is the standard approach. Note that it is ALWAYS about the principle of movement and the understanding and application of your body movement. You can relate a completely different technique to Pinan Sandan, even if it does not look remotely like it.

SAKAGAMI SENSEI
Kaisetsu and Ohyo of PInan Sandan Hiji Uke

Hiji Uke Kaisetsu
Hiji Uke Tettsui Uchi Kaisetsu

The right time to accelerate your technique

After junzuki, step up with the right leg and continuously twist your body to the left to turn around. Execute Jodanzuki and Empi. Then, slide to the right and execute another Jodanzuki and Empi.

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Know when to use a neutral speed

Is it fast or slow? Hard or soft? It's often difficult to tell and even if you pick one way... is that the best way? The principle is about acceleration which I will show and explain you in the video.

Don't do it this way...

In this video I'm adressing more than the pace and give you an example of how NOT to do it. If you use that way which may look faster... you actually get less power. 

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ushiro waza applications