Saturday 24 December 2022

Tekki Sandan Performed Slowly (YOUTUBE VIDEO)

 In this YOUTUBE VIDEO (direct link below) I am doing Tekki Sandan Kata slowly. This was during my warm-up, two days ago, on December 22nd, 2022.

The rendition I'm doing is the Shotokan (old JKA style, from Nakayama Masatoshi Sensei's time); however, my version here has had personal influences/tweaks over the years by Asai Tetsuhiko Sensei, Osaka Yoshiharu Sensei, and other senior experts here in Japan. Moreover, in accordance with such tuition, I've also adapted my form in accordance with/for optimization of the various OYO (Practical applications) of each movement. Something that EVERYONE MUST DO if they want to effective karate. To do this without compromising kihon is the essence of kata being trained/practiced as Budo/Bujutsu as opposed to being an empty shell of itself. In this way, Kihon, Kata and (Jissen) Kumite are one, which results in kata being 'fighting forms' valuable for actual self-defense training. Needless to say, this is not mainstream karate now but must be preserved. The three Tekki Kata each contain numerous effective Oyo-Waza; however, what matters (like all other karate) is that they become reflexive and adaptive in any circumstance. Needless to say, this is imperative in all unarmed fighting arts, and the reason why contemporary karate is mostly ineffective. When karate is fully understood in this way, it is second to none for self-protection. The path of true karate is a narrow one which few wish to travel, but those who do are greatly rewarded by its extreme efficiency and meaningful depth.
While this video is merely Tekki Sandan performed slowly, some subtle old school variations are shown. For those who are studious, you will find them,

Season's greetings from International Karate Shotokan.

OSU, André Bertel
IKS Technical Director
 © André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2022).

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