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October 2016

October 2016

Congratulations: To Tom Kaminsky (2nd), Zdenek Kuzilek-Gonzalez (2nd) and Nadera Ahmed (3rd) on being placed at the 40th Anniversary Knockdown at K2.


It was a very long but enjoyable day with good fights in the morning and even better later on in the open. Our students did very well. Especially considering the experience of their opponents.

 Docklands Benus Brinius will be representing England in the annual Severn Challenge. Belgium/Wales & Turkey will be competing at the end of October.

Annual club competition Saturday 5th November

11am to 5pm (approx.) @ Docklands dojo, Barkantine Hall, Westferry road, London E14 8SS. For peewees/juniors & adults fighting point-scoring. Fee £8 includes entry and refreshments.This is a confirmed date, so put it in your diary.

19th November: National Clicker Championships @ Montem Leisure Centre, Montem Lane, Slough, SL1 2QG check-in 9am. Team/individuals, peewees/juniors & adults. Check-in 9 am

Our dojos done exceptionally well last year. We had students winning in the individual categories and also team events.

Below are the confirmed dates

 Club Competition Saturday 22nd Oct at docklands dojo 11am-5pm. 

19th November National Clicker Championships @  Montem Sports Centre.



Gekisai Dai and Gekisai Sho

Kata Gekisai Ichi and Gekisai Ni were introduced in the 1940's by Sensei Chojun Miyagi founder of Goju Ryu karate. Kvokushin karate refers to these as "Dai" meaning "Major" and "Sho" meaning "Minor". As far as is known, there is no reason why these kata were named Ich and Ni or Dai and Sho.

The name is derived from the characters Geki, meaning attack or conquer, and Sai, meaning fortress or stronghold which literally translates as "covered", "shut" or "closed". Gekisai means "Search and Destroy". The characters also translate as "Conquer and Occupy", "Storm the Fortress" as well as "Attack and Smash".

These kata were intended to make the Martial Arts more accessible for people to learn and the purpose was to teach strong and powerful movement combined with fluidity of motion and the utilization ofvarious techniques. Both Gekisai belong to the so-called Kaisho kata. These types of kata are what you might call 'relaxed', because after each technique (given with maximum tension) there is relaxation. This relaxation allows a swift execution of the next technique. This isin line with the meaning of Goju, which translates as "hard-soft'.



Sanchin kata is derived from the name of the stance that is used in the kata. Historically the name is probably taken from a Chinese style of Martial Arts called "Saam Jin" which is Cantonese for Sanchin or Three Battles. It was passed several times to Okinawa by notable masters including Higaonna, Kanryo, and Aragaki Seisho. The Three Battles are interpreted as the battle to unify the Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Sanchin can be split in 'San' and 'Chin'. 'San' refers to the combined development of the three elements as stated above. It may also refer to the development of the internal organs, the blood circulation, and the nervous system.

Further interpretations refer to the development of the three "Ki" points in the body - the top of the head (tento) — the diaphragm (hara) and the lower abdomen (tanden). 'Chin' means to do battle. There are other interpretations for the name.

Sosai referred to the mind, spirit, and technique. He also mentioned three important principles of mastering kata in his mottoes. These are: "Waza no Kankyu" which is the "tempo" (slow/fast techniques); "Chikara no Kyaku" which is the "points of power" (strength/relaxation of technique); and "Iki no Chosei" which is the "control (regulation) of breathing .

In Goju s Ryu (which is from where Kyokushin addpoted this kata) there are two Sanchin kata: The first one is known as "Miyagi's Sanchin" (or "Sanchin Dai Ichi") whic has no turns so the karateka goes forward and then backwards. The second Sanchin is Higashionna's  Sanchin (or "Sanchin Dai Ni"). This is an older kata and was taught by Higashionna In this kata the karateka always goes forward, but turns 180 degrees twice. Initially it was taught with open as sanchin-Kata still is in some styles, but later it was also revised to closed fists by Miyagi's co-student Juhatsu Kyoda, founder of Toòn-ryu, and adopted by Chojun Miyagi as well.

In chinese training in this form of kata, the hands are not closed into a fist but are kept open. The Chinese styles deem making a fist in this kata restricts the flow of "Chi" or "Ki", whereas in Okinawa and mainland Japan a closed fist is deemed necessary for this kata.

Sanchin is an isometric kata where each motion is performed in a state of complete tension accompanied by powerful, deep breathing. It teaches basic footwork, basic hand techniques and basic blocking techniques.

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